After a blowout first half by the Florida Gators, the Kentucky Wildcats were hoping to come out of the gate fast in the second half and begin cutting into the 21 point deficit. They were able to begin their uphill climb back into the game, outscoring the Gators 10-4 in the first four minutes of the second half. The lead at the under-16 timeout was 53-38 in favor of Florida. The next four minutes saw the Wildcats cut into the lead even further, outscoring the Gators 9-3 in this four minute span. Kentucky now only trails by nine, 56-47, at the under-12 timeout.
Florida got back to their game plan and stopped Kentucky’s giant run, hitting a three to stop it at 15-0. From there, the Wildcats went back and forth with the Gators. This lead to a 12 point deficit heading into the under-8 timeout, the Gators leading 62-50. More of the same was the story of the next four minutes. Up and down play kept the deficit at the double digit span, as Kentucky trailed Florida 72-59 at the under-4 timeout.
The Florida Gators finished with a flurry of points to cap off the senior day festivities and the first 18-0 SEC record. Kentucky was able to get it within eight points multiple times in the second half, but the Gators experience was simply too much for them to handle. Florida won the game by a final score of 84-65. The loss, while expected coming into the game today, still stings for the young Wildcats. They fought hard and never gave up. While a win would have been a huge boost to their tournament resume, the fight they showed will hopefully translate well into March.
This has been your 2nd half recap. Stay tuned for a longer analysis of the game in a bit.