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CATS v. Florida – Game Notes

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February 22, 2020 
ATTENDANCE: 20,489 (season high)
Final Score: No. 10 Kentucky 65, Florida 59

Team Records and Series Notes 

  • Kentucky has won six in a row and is 22-5 overall.
    • UK remains in first place in the Southeastern Conference with a 12-2 league record and a two-game lead over Auburn and LSU.
  • Florida is 17-10 overall, 9-5 in league play, ending the Gators’ three-game winning streak.
  • UK leads the series 103-40 and has won three in a row.
    • UK leads 53-10 in games played in Lexington.
    • The teams will play again two weeks from tonight, March 7 in Gainesville, to conclude the regular season.
  • Next up: on Tuesday, Kentucky takes on Texas A&M at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST in College Station). The television assignment is ESPN.

Player Notes   

  • Immanuel Quickley had a career-high 26 points, 22 of which came in the second half.
    • He has been torrid in the second half in UK’s current six-game win streak, averaging 15.5 points in the second half alone during this six-game stretch.
    • It is his seventh 20-point game of the season, all coming in the last 15 games. It’s his fifth 20-point scoring game in the last nine games.
    • It is his 16th consecutive game in double figures, most since Malik Monk had a 30-game streak during the 2016-17 season. 
    • He made 4 of 6 on 3-point shots tonight. UK is 9-0 in Quickley’s career when he makes at least three long balls.
    • Entering the game as the leading free-throw shooter in the SEC at 91.2%, he made 6 of 6 at the charity stripe, including two in the closing seconds to ice the game.
    • He also tied his career high for steals with three thefts.
  • Tyrese Maxey had 13 points, a team-high seven rebounds and seven assists.
    • UK is 4-0 this season when he has seven or more rebounds.
    • It is his 19th game this season in double figures.
  • Ashton Hagans came off the bench and had seven points, four assists and three steals. 
    • He did not start for first time since Dec. 1, 2018 vs. UNC Greensboro.

Coach John Calipari 

  • Calipari is now 327-76 at UK.
  • He has a 772-216 all-time on-court record. 
  • UK is 265-43 against unranked foes under Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 148-40 under Calipari in SEC regular-season games.
  • He is 18-8 all-time vs. Florida.

Team Notes 

  • Kentucky held Florida to 59 points. UK is 184-7 (96.3%) in the Calipari era when keeping the opponent to 63 points or fewer.                                                                                                                              
  • UK won the game despite losing the rebounding, 30-27.  UK is 3-4 this season when being outrebounded.
  • Kentucky made 10 of 10 free throws, including all four in the final 12 seconds with the game on the line.
    • It is the 11th time in school history that UK has made every free throw in a game (min. 10 attempts). Ironically the last time it happened was against Florida, when the Cats made all 11 on Feb. 7, 2012.
    • UK has made at least 75% at the line in 10 straight games.
  • Kentucky has won 14 in a row at home.
  • With Quickley scoring 26, UK has had five players score at least 25 points in a game this season – Quickley, Nick Richards, Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans and EJ Montgomery. 

In the First Half 

  • The starting lineup consisted of Johnny Juzang, Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards for the second time this season. UK is 2-0 with the lineup.
    • Ashton Hagans was UK’s first substitute at the 15:59 mark.
  • After UF scored on its first possession, UK scored on its next four possessions for an 8-2 lead.
  • The teams battled evenly the rest of the first half; fittingly, Florida’s Ques Glover hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the teams to intermission tied at 31.
    • It is the first time this season UK was tied at intermission.

 In the Second Half 

  • Kentucky began the second half with the opening lineup.
  • The teams were tied at 33 when Florida grabbed the lead with a 7-0 run. 
  • Kentucky roared back with an 8-0 spurt to reclaim the lead at 41-40. 
  • Trailing 44-41, three straight 3-pointers by Quickley gave UK a 50-44 lead and the Wildcats never trailed again.
    • He scored 15 of UK’s first 19 points of the second half.  
    • Richards capped the 11-0 run with a follow dunk to make it 52-44 with 9:36 left.
  • At the end of the shot clock with 1:34 remaining, Quickley’s desperation 3-pointer rattled the rim, then nestled the netting to make it 61-53. 
  • Florida came back with three straight baskets to pull within 61-59 with 17 seconds left. 

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