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Big Blue Links: Wrapping up Kentucky’s basketball win over Florida

Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis, right, extends for a steal against Florida guard Chris Chiozza in the first half. The University of Kentucky hosted the University of Florida, Saturday, Feb. 06, 2016 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis, right, extends for a steal against Florida guard Chris Chiozza in the first half. The University of Kentucky hosted the University of Florida, Saturday, Feb. 06, 2016 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

▪ Jamal Murray’s 35 points led Kentucky to a needed 80-61 win over visiting Florida. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Cats and was the second game this season in which Murray has scored at least 30 points.

▪ Florida was doomed by its slow start. The Gators fell behind early at Rupp and could never catch up.

▪ The Gators had no answer for Murray. Florida dropped to 2-6 on the road this season and 6-4 in the conference race.

▪ Isaac Humphries came off the bench to give Kentucky a lift on Saturday. The freshman center from Australia was pressed into action when Alex Poythress was a pre-game scratch because of knee soreness.

▪ Florida coach Michael White praised UK’s Tyler Ulis. White said that the 5-foot-9 point guard controlled the game both offensively and defensively.

▪ With Ulis, size has nothing to do with the power of the point guard. Bob Cousy, who set the standard, talks about what makes up a good point guard.

▪ Kentucky women play host to LSU at noon Sunday. The Cats hope to get more from Batouly Camara as they try to snap a three-game losing streak.

▪ Kentucky football optimistic defensive help on the way. Head coach Mark Stoops says he believes UK’s sack numbers and tackles for loss will increase in 2016.

▪ If LSU doesn’t beat itself, the Tigers can win the SEC. LSU took first place Saturday thanks to a win over Mississippi State.

▪ South Carolina knocked Texas A&M out of first place with a landmark win. It was Texas A&M’s third straight SEC loss.

▪ Behind strong defense, Georgia beat Auburn. Georgia comes to Rupp Arena for a 9 p.m. game Tuesday with Kentucky.

▪ Riley Norris’ 18 points helped Alabama beat Missouri 80-71. Missouri dropped to 1-9 in the league. Alabama improved to 4-6.

▪ Ole Miss hung on to beat Vanderbilt. Each time you think Vandy has turned the corner, the Commodores take a step back.

▪ For first place Louisville, ACC title is no consolation prize. Win over Boston College on Saturday was U of L’s first game since school announced a post-season ban.

▪ Rick Pitino railed against the post-season ban on Saturday. Strong words from a coach who is responsible for a program that  apparently did something that prompted the school to enact that post-season ban.

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