Rupp Arena was buzzing over a battle of the SEC's top two teams. Florida opened the game with six points, then UK answered with nine straight. It was sloppy early, and UK struggled for a while finding offensive flow. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went to work, and UK went on a 10-2 run for a 27-19 lead. UK's defense stayed strong, and Doron Lamb swished a couple of three-pointers as UK pulled ahead 38-26 at the half. Darius Miller ignited an early second-half run, and UK was up 48-30 by the first media timeout. The anticipated test from No. 8 Florida never came.
■ Florida, leading the nation with 10.5 made three-pointers a game, was 6-for-27. UK was 9-for-15.
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■ UK missed seven shots and had two turnovers before scoring.
■ After missing its first seven shots, UK hit 20 of its next 28.
■ UK made all 11 free throws. Over its last three games, it is 51-for-58.
■ It was UK's largest margin of victory over a top-10 team since beating Indiana 99-65 on Dec. 7, 1996.
■ When the lights get bright, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shines. He had 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half.
■ Kentucky's defense remains stellar. Nothing came easy for Florida.
■ Marquis Teague had a career-high 10 assists.
■ Some sloppy play early was about the only flaw in this one.