Headlines: the Kentucky Wildcats Survive in Gainesville

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  • Kentucky Defeats Florida 68-61 in a Nailbiter. Aa. Harrison with 23 Points.
  • Anthony Davis has a Huge Game on Friday, also Suffers Injury a Game Later.
  • Stoops Pulls in 35th Best Class According to Rivals.
  • Source Says Target Malik Newman will Ultimately Land at Kentucky.

It was one rowdy night last night in Gainesville. The Kentucky Wildcats traveled down to take on the Gators, a team that had unexpectedly lost 10 of their first 22 games. If you were to ask about 80% of the BBN prior to the game, we would’ve beat them by 20. But we learned pretty fast that would not be the case. After going into the tunnel at halftime down by 2, the Cats took the floor and got to business. The Cats proved too much for the Gators, closing out 68-61. Aaron had a huge night scoring 23 points and hitting some big shots for the Cats (what’s new?). UKAthletics.com has more on the game:

"Harrison had just short-circuited the Gators’ upset bit and helped send their fans to the exits while time was still on the clock. After a quiet, foul-trouble plagued first 20 minutes, Harrison scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half of a 68-61 win at a packed O’Connell Center. Whenever the top-ranked Wildcats – who moved to 23-0 (10-0 Southeastern Conference) – needed a big basket, Harrison delivered. “If you don’t love coming into atmospheres like this, that’s the type of game you’re playing,” Harrison said. “Florida played really well tonight and came out with a great atmosphere.” It had been nearly two years since Kentucky had beaten Florida (12-11, 5-5 SEC), and the Gators did everything in their power to prolong the drought. They built a nine-point first-half lead, the Cats momentarily flustered by the environment, and came within one made field goal of becoming the first opponent to shoot 50 percent on UK’s historically stingy defense. “They played to win, they fought, they did whatever they had to do to keep it–they started putting their head down and driving into our centers and scoring layups,” John Calipari said. “They shot 49 percent against us today. Forty-nine.”"

And also, if you haven’t already seen this 1,534,098 times, here it is again:

In other basketball news, ex-cat Anthony Davis had a huge night last friday. Scoring 41 points and snatching 10 rebounds and that’s not all, he also did this:

That was Davis’s first three-pointer of the year. Crazy right? ESPN.com elaborated:

"Pelicans coach Monty Williams isn’t afraid to say what a lot of people are thinking by now: Anthony Davis might be turning into one of the best clutch players in the NBA. He certainly made one of the biggest shots of his career Friday night. Davis’ first 3-pointer of the season — a double-clutch attempt with Kevin Durant and another defender coming at him — beat the buzzer and capped a 41-point performance that lifted New Orleans over the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-113 in a thrilling game between Western Conference rivals fighting to reach the playoffs. “If you don’t want to be great, step aside and let somebody else be great,” Davis said. “Everybody just wanted to be great tonight. I know I had to be great. I want to be great, so you have to be able to accept the challenges.” Davis had his 13th straight game of at least 20 points, a New Orleans record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds and outdueled Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who scored a career-high 48 points to go with 11 assists and nine rebounds. Westbrook, who had 45 points Wednesday in a win at New Orleans, made three free throws with 1.2 seconds left to tie the game. Davis took the ensuing inbounds pass from Tyreke Evans and silenced a raucous sellout crowd."

Unfortunately, a day later, Davis left his game against Chicago with a shoulder contusion. Davis caught an alley-oop on a fast break and after swinging off of the rim he landed on his shoulder pretty hard. Bulls would go on to win the game. Hoping to see Davis out there sooner than later.