UK's Tournament Hopes Stay Alive as Cats Beat Florida, 61-57

03/09/2013 01:05 PM

John Calipari said Friday that the year had come down to a series of one-game seasons, with each game being essentially a must-win for the Cats. Well, in their first season, the Cats emerged victorious, beating the 11th-ranked Florida Gators at home, 61-57.

The guard trio of Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays and Ryan Harrow combined for 42 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals to lead the way, but it was freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein who made big plays for the Cats down the stretch. Cauley-Stein finished the game with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, but he took a critical charged and tipped a number of passes in the final four minutes – all the more impressive considering he had four fouls. The UK defense, led by Cauley-Stein held Florida without a point in the final 7:32 of the game.

Be sure to check out KSTV Monday as we look back at a huge win on Senior Day and look ahead to the SEC Tournament, where Kentucky will try to cement their NCAA Tournament status.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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