UK BASKETBALL | Back to winning ways with victory over Florida

02/06/2016 06:33 PM

Before the game even tipped off UK was saddled with bad news. Senior forward Alex Poythress would not be available for today’s game after injuring his (non-surgically repaired) knee.

Not that the loss of Poythress mattered much. UK jumped all over the Gators today at Rupp and never let up. After the smoke had cleared Kentucky walked off the court with an 80-61 victory and a lot of new found confidence.

Jamal Murray put on a clinic, tying Eric Bledsoe’s mark of 8 made 3 pointers in one game. For the record Murray finished with a career high 35 points including 8-10 from beyond the arc. Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis finished with 18 points and a career high 11 assists. Those 11 assists were the most by a Wildcat since John Wall in 2010.

Uk led by as many as 24 points in the first half before an 11-0 Florida run cut the lead to 13. UK fans collectively held there breath hoping to not see a repeat from last Tuesday when the Cats led by 21 before losing to UT in Knoxville. That would not be the case today.

UK pushed the lead back to 18 at the half then opened the 2nd half with an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 26. Florida made one final late push, cutting the lead to 13, but again Kentucky turned up the pressure and closed out the game.

Marcus Lee got the start for the injured Poythress and finished with 4 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out. Isaac Humphries got extended action today logging 4 pts / 6 rebounds / 2 blocks.

The win marked the Wildcats 33rd straight victory at Rupp Arena. A streak the Cats look to keep intact this Tuesday as Georgia comes to town. That game tips at 9pm on ESPN.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or


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