Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Cats Find Themselves in Win Against the Florida Gators

There is no denying that the Kentucky Wildcats needed to find an answer for their season woes. After being up 21 to the Tennessee Volunteers and losing, something just wasn’t right. However, the Wildcats came back with a vengeance at Rupp Arena against the Florida Gators, pulling out an 80-61 win.

Before the game started, it seemed like it could be a game that could get away from the Wildcats. Their senior starter, Alex Poythress, was hurt during warmups and deemed out for the game. Flashbacks of losses flashed before everyone’s eyes. There was a unanimous sigh let out at Rupp Arena. Everyone expected it to be a long, hard-fought game.

Boy, was it the opposite. Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis came out with a win or die trying attitude. Murray had a career-high game with 35 points, shooting 13-21 from the field, 8-10 from three point land and 1-2 from the free-throw line. Ulis aded 18 points of his own, but tallied up 11 assists, his career-high and the only player to do it since John Wall in 2009-10.

If that wasn’t enough, Isaiah Briscoe had a pretty solid game, too. He only shot 1-6 from the field, but he picked up 6 assists. Derek Willis ended with 12 points, shooting 3-7 from the field and 2-6 from three-point land.

Isaac Humphries gave the Wildcats some solid minutes, too. While he only scored four points, he was a monster on the defensive end. I foresee more playing time for him in the near future.

I’m not sure if the Wildcats have found the complete answer for their season woes, especially with Poythress on the bench, but they put up a hard fight and pulled off quite the win against the Gators. We’ll see once Poythress is back in the lineup if there is still an answer.