Kentucky blasted by Florida for third loss in four games

02/04/2017 10:09 PM

Photo: UK Athletics

After Kentucky rallied to beat Georgia in overtime on Tuesday, the question became if the Cats were “back”, after sufering two losses in a row. If it wasn’t clear after the overtime win over the Bulldogs, it is now. They aren’t. Something isn’t right.

Kentucky was blasted by Florida on Saturday, 88-66, in a game where they never held a lead and never really posed much of a threat to the Gators. The loss also dropped Kentucky from first in the SEC into third place.

The game marked the return of De’Aaron Fox, who sat out of the win over Georgia due to an illness. The freshman guard was Kentucky’s brightest star against the Gators on Saturday, coming off the bench to give the Cats 19 points and 3. The problem was no one else really matched Fox’s level of production.

Only one other player, Malik Monk, reached double-digits in points and he made only 4 of his 14 shots and contributed 0 rebounds. And it was the rebounding that was maybe Kentucky’s biggest problem against Florida.

The Cats finished with only 29 rebounds in the game. The Gators had 54. And Florida had 17 offensive rebounds to Kentucky’s 7. It was a dominant performance for Mike White’s team in defeating UK and the Cats now return home, hoping to find themselves down the stretch.

Be sure to watch KSTV on Monday for a full recap and a look at how Kentucky can fix their mistakes.

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