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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.