Kentucky stomps Florida, finishes perfect regular season
03/07/2015 08:45 PM
“31-0 Not Done Yet”
Those are the shirts No. 1 Kentucky briefly wore after a 67-50 victory over SEC foe Florida on Saturday to complete the first perfect regular season in school history, but the team knows the most important goal is yet to be reached.
“We take pride, but our journey is not done,” said UK freshman forward Trey Lyles, who continued his recent good play with 14 points and six rebounds. “We have a lot of work to do and we only have two guaranteed games left in our season, so we have to make sure we go out there and play hard and together.”
Lyles, who missed last month’s matchup in Gainesville with strep throat, scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half to help Kentucky (31-0, 18-0 SEC) hold a slim 30-27 lead at halftime over an aggressive Gator attack at both ends of the floor. Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and three assists, and the Wildcats used a 20-9 run in the second half to put Florida (15-16, 8-10) away for good.
With the victory, Kentucky completed the first undefeated regular season by a major-conference team since Indiana in 1976, but the time to enjoy it is only temporary as the Wildcats return back to competition on Friday for the SEC Tournament in Nashville.
No matter who you are, a perfect regular season is a historic accomplishment to not be forgotten, but for this UK team, both the players and coaches know the real celebration is still nine more wins away.
Rupp Arena celebrates a perfect regular season. pic.twitter.com/23Xe83sfTz— T.J. Beisner (@Beisner_cn2) March 7, 2015
31-0! The shirts are out! pic.twitter.com/LeEAxz98S3— T.J. Beisner (@Beisner_cn2) March 7, 2015
Willie Cauley-Stein addresses the crowd. pic.twitter.com/r7jr0Y7VpS— T.J. Beisner (@Beisner_cn2) March 7, 2015