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Florida at Kentucky -- After Action Report

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It sure was nice getting the Florida monkey off our back, even though we tried very hard to give them a chance to win the game late.  But as we have said so many times this year, a win is a win, and this is just one more.  But it was a bit sweeter than most.

Congratulations to Florida for a great contest.  They just would not give up, as you would expect, and really hurt Kentucky late by taking the ball hard to the basket.  The Gators just let Kentucky get away from them in the middle of the second half with a barrage of three point shots and defensive stops that saw the Cats develop a 16-point bulge at one time.  But just as Florida gave up a big lead to UT last week, Kentucky surrendered all but three points of that lead with 10.8 seconds left in the game.  But as the Wildcats have done all year, they hit the big free throws when it really mattered and won the basketball game.

I thought Kentucky played well for most of the game, but they fell into Florida's trap.  Whenever Kentucky winds up in a game that ends in the 70's, there is serious cause for concern.  Gillispie wants the game to finish in the low or mid 60's, where he knows the Cats have a very good chance to win.  Get the pace much higher than that, and Kentucky always struggles.

Just as it has been all year, depth was our biggest problem.  With only 8 players at our disposal, it is very challenging when our best defensive player, Ramon Harris, gets into early foul trouble.  But Perry Stevenson decided to do his best Patrick Patterson imitation with another double-double and 5 blocks to go along with it.  Not only did he score 18 points, pull down 10 rebounds and get 5 huge blocks, but he shot 75% from the line and made the two free throws that iced the game.  Stevenson has matured into a genuine scoring threat on the low blocks, and he is doing it with great confidence.  It is always a pleasure to watch a young player suddenly break out, and watching Stevenson show us why he was so highly thought of in high school is a real pleasure.

But Stevenson wasn't the only hero.  Crawford produced, although he shot poorly from the perimeter.  Derrick Jasper made huge shots from three, winding up with 14 points and 4-4 from the arc, including one incredible contested 22-footer under shot-clock pressure.  Ramon Harris shut down Calathes for long stretches, but credit the young freshman for getting him in foul trouble and eventually disqualified.  Ramel Bradley did not have one of his better games, making only 2-5 free throws and shooting a very un-Ramel like 5-12 from the floor.  Kentucky did have as many assists as Florida did, and 3 less turnovers, with Bradley leading the way with 7 dimes.

Overall, it was (and I hate to say this) a typical Kentucky performance.   The Cats have not been able to stand prosperity all year, but at least they have learned to hang on to enough of the loose change that they don't wind up bankrupt when the final buzzer sounds.  Via Statsheet.com, here is a a rundown of the final statistics:


Kentucky Players

Shooting
Rebounds
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D. Jasper (G) 31 14 5-5 100 0-3 0 4-4 100 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 3
R. Bradley (G) 40 14 5-12 41.7 2-5 40 2-5 40 0 2 2 7 1 0 4 4
J. Crawford (F) 38 16 7-17 41.2 0-1 0 2-7 28.6 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0
R. Harris (F) 25 9 3-5 60 1-1 100 2-2 100 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 5
M. Coury (F) 4 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P. Stevenson 36 18 6-6 100 6-8 75 0-0 0 4 6 10 0 2 5 2 3
M. Porter 15 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1
A. Stewart 11 4 2-3 66.7 0-2 0 0-0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1


Florida Players
Shooting
Rebounds
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W. Hodge (G) 31 5 2-6 33.3 0-0 0 1-1 100 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 3
J. Lucas (G) 35 13 4-9 44.4 3-5 60 2-5 40 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 2
D. Werner (F) 35 9 3-7 42.9 2-2 100 1-4 25 4 4 8 3 1 1 3 3
N. Calathes (F) 23 16 5-7 71.4 4-7 57.1 2-4 50 0 0 0 6 1 0 2 4
M. Speights (C) 29 20 8-11 72.7 4-5 80 0-0 0 1 7 8 0 0 1 2 4
J. Mitchell 12 4 2-3 66.7 0-1 0 0-1 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 3
C. Parsons 23 3 1-6 16.7 1-2 50 0-1 0 3 3 6 2 1 0 4 2
A. Allen 7 0 0-1 0 0-0 0 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Tyus 5 0 0-2 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0


Team Stats

Teams
Points and Possessions
Shooting
1ST
2ND
F
EFF
FLR%
TP
PPP
FG
FT
3PT
eFG%
TS%
FTR
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UK 33 42 75 127.1 59.6 59 1.3 28-48 (58.3%) 9-20 (45.0%) 10-18 (55.6%) 68.7 65.2 41.6
FLA 31 39 70 118.6 62.5 59 1.2 25-52 (48.1%) 14-22 (63.6%) 6-17 (35.3%) 53.8 56.0 42.3

Teams
Rebounds
Assists
Turnovers
Steals
Blocks
PF
REB
REB%
OFF
OFF%
DEF
DEF%
AST
AST%
A/TO
TO
TO%
STL
STL%
BLK
BLK%
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UK 23 38.1 6 23.0 17 53.1 13 46.4 1.4 9 15.2 4 6.7 5 9.6 17
FLA 35 61.8 15 46.8 20 76.9 13 52.0 1.1