Gators fall to No. 1 Kentucky 74-59
No. 1 Kentucky’s quest for SEC perfection came to a successful conclusion Sunday, while No. 16 Florida’s struggles continued.
Kentucky (30-1, 16-0 SEC) took an early lead, withstood a couple of runs, then pulled away for a 74-59 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at the O’Connell Center. The Wildcats are on a 22-game winning streak and finished undefeated in league play for the first time since the 2003 Kentucky team. The 1966 Kentucky team is the only other in league history to finish with a perfect SEC record in the past 56 years. Florida, which is now 0-9 against when Kentucky when the Wildcats are No. 1,ended the regular season having lost five of its last eight games.
Florida, which is now 0-9 against when Kentucky when the Wildcats are No. 1, has lost five of its last eight games.
The Gators shot just6-of-22 from 3-point range, which turned out to be costly. After Florida pulled to within four, 59-55 with 9:05 remaining in the game, the Gators scored just four points the rest of the game.
The loss drops Florida to the No. 4 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament, which begins on Thursday. Kentucky is the No. 1 seed. If the Gators defeat the winner of the Alabama/South Carolina game, they could meet Kentucky again in the SEC semifinals on Saturday.
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