UK fast break: A quick summary of Kentucky's 74-71 victory over Florida on Saturday

March 10, 2012 

Talking points

The pace was furious, and both teams started the game shooting well. Florida came out hitting three-pointers and wanting to run. Bradley Beal was on fire, and Patric Young took it to Anthony Davis inside as the Gators raced to a 31-21 lead. Florida led 39-32 when Marquis Teague sparked UK, and a Davis three-pointer closed out an 8-0 run for a 40-39 halftime lead. Intensity picked up, and it went back and forth early in the second half. The Gators led 56-51 when Terrence Jones ignited a 14-0 UK run for a 65-56 lead. Erik Murphy rallied Florida within two in the closing minute, but UK never lost the lead late, and two Teague free throws sealed it.

Telling numbers

■ Florida had six three-pointers in each of the first two matchups. Less than eight minutes into this one, they had four.

■ Against UK's top-ranked defense, Florida opened 13-for-20 shooting (5-for-8 on three-pointers).

■ Florida was shut out the final 4:24 of the first half.

■ Kentucky hit 58.1 percent the first half and led for only 15 seconds.

■ The game was fast, but there were only seven turnovers the first half.

■ Leading 56-51, Florida went 6:33 without scoring.

■ Leading 62-56, UK went 5:22 with only four free throws.

■ Florida hit half its three-point shots.

■ UK committed eight fouls.

■ UK controlled the boards when needed, outrebounding Florida 23-12 in the second half.

Thumbs up

■ You have to like the resiliency of Marquis Teague. After a bad game Friday, he ignited UK Saturday.

■ This was one of the most entertaining games of the year. If Kentucky needed a test to the wire, Florida provided it.

■ Nice balance as all five Kentucky starters contributed big.

Thumbs down

■ After playing Florida twice, you would think the UK players might know the Gators love to shoot three-pointers.

■ After the first two games of the SEC Tournament, Darius Miller has no points and three rebounds. And more than an earful from John Calipari.

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