Fast Break: How Florida beat Kentucky

March 8, 2014 

A quick summary of Florida's 84-65 victory over Kentucky in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday:

TALKING POINTS

This was senior execution (Florida) against freshman uncertainty (Kentucky). A nice second-half 15-0 run by Kentucky prevented it from being an embarrassment. On Senior Day, Florida needed a win to finish 18-0 in the SEC. Kentucky was hoping to show this is not a season falling apart. It came easy for the Gators. Patric Young had his way inside and the Gators were left wide open from three-point land. UK's offense continued to have no flow. A 20-16 Gators lead was suddenly 44-22. Kentucky was outmatched. Bad shooting and turnovers led to a UK meltdwon and 49-28 Gators halftime lead. Julius Randle put UK on his back to start the second half and the Cats were within 53-47. The Gators' experience took over and UK never seriously threatened.

TELLING NUMBERS

■ Florida scored 31 points in the final 12 minutes of each half, the second coming after UK made its run.

■ UK is 14-10 in February and March the last two seasons.

■ UK's 15-0 run was its best all year.

■ James Young started the game 3-for-5 shooting; the rest of the team 1-for-10.

■ In the first 16 minutes, Young had all but one of UK's field goals.

■ UK had no fast-break points or second-chance points in the first half.

■ The Florida bench scored 20 points in the first half. The UK bench did not score.

■ Kentucky had eight field goals in the first half; Florida had seven three-pointers.

■ This was the fourth time in 10 years UK has allowed 49 or more points in the first half.

■ Randle now has 18 games with a double-double.

THUMBS UP

■ UK showed some fight to start the second half. For a few minutes, it looked as though the light had come on.

■ The top-ranked Gators deserve the accolades.

THUMBS DOWN

■ What part of UK's game is better than when the year started?

■ UK's play down the stretch of the regular seaon.

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