UK Men's Basketball

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

Kentucky head coach John Calipari applauded a referee who made a favorable call in the second half of the Kentucky vs Florida men's semifinal basketball game of the SEC tournament at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.,, on March 10, 2012.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Kentucky head coach John Calipari applauded a referee who made a favorable call in the second half of the Kentucky vs Florida men's semifinal basketball game of the SEC tournament at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.,, on March 10, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

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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