But then it clicked. The Cats started burying shots. PJ Washington dominated. Again. EJ Montgomery injected life into the Cats with offensive rebounding. Ashton Hagans looked like his old self again. Keldon Johnson started doing Keldon Johnson things. And Immanuel Quickley finally connected from downtown.
Final score: Cats 65 - Gators 54.
While it may not go down as their best win it may be their most impressive. Not only were they able to claw back, they were able to put distance between them and Florida. While the win was only by 11, they completely crushed the Gators down the stretch.
Mike White was left almost speechless after the game.
That’s now eight in a row for Kentucky and they are firmly in second place behind the Tennessee Volunteers. That showdown in Lexington is getting bigger and bigger.
Tweets of the Day
Your updated SEC basketball standings. Wild that South Carolina, up next for Kentucky, is just one game over .500 overall but also just one game out of second place in the league. pic.twitter.com/5vDhAQeRMG— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 3, 2019
Cats are coming, Vols.
By the way, with a 4-of-4 night, Tyler Herro has now made 28 consecutive free throws and is putting together one of the best FT-shooting seasons in Kentucky history. He's 41 of 45 (91.1%). Best seasons by a Wildcat (minimum 50 attempts): Kyle Macy (91.2%), Travis Ford (91.1%).— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 3, 2019
If other coaches were "jealous" of Penny Hardaway before, I can only IMAGINE how much they will fear him with results like this pic.twitter.com/0Xr3ufRrQd— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) February 2, 2019
This latest loss came after losing to Tulsa. Penny sucks as a coach. He wasn’t even a very good AAU coach.
Kentucky wins with less than best effort means progress | Lexington Herald Leader- John Calipari likes these wins more than the blowout wins. Even though these types of wins stress him and us more.
Kentucky as a #1 seed? | WDRB- It’s now more of a reality than it was this time yesterday with Michigan and Michigan State both losing to unranked teams. Kentucky was a solid two seed and now will more than likely to move into the top five in the country.
Does winning streak prove Cats have peaked? | Cats Pause- If they haven’t peaked then the rest of college basketball should be scared out of their wits. And I don’t think they’ve peaked. Not yet.
Cats turning into Ole Reliable | CBS- Death. Taxes. Kentucky wins. Maybe not yet but it’s started to feel that way.
Michigan and Michigan State stay ahead of Kentucky in Power Rankings | ESPN- I don’t know who compiles these power rankings but I’m glad they don’t count for anything at all.
UK Hoops play Florida in Rupp Arena | UK Athletics- The Cats play today at 2:00 PM to end a home stretch. I hope they find the same success as the men.
Winners and Losers from Saturday | USA Today- Michigan State was a big loser as they lost at home to lowly Indiana. Of course Kentucky was a winner:
Kentucky: The sixth-ranked Wildcats’ 65-54 road win over Florida punctuated this team’s growth spurt since starting the SEC slate with a loss to Alabama. John Calipari’s group hasn’t lost since, rattling off nine consecutive wins and proving to be a viable challenger to Tennessee for the league crown. Of all the teams that have come together and blossomed since November (remember UK got pummeled by Duke on opening night), Kentucky’s a team that should be on everyone’s radar come March.
UNC gets revenge on UofL | WDRB- Louisville fell back down to earth a little yesterday as they were dominated by the North Carolina Tar Heels. UK won either way as they have already defeated both of these teams.
Picks for the Super Bowl | Sporting News- It’s Patriots vs. Rams tonight and honestly it’s the least hype I remember being around a Super Bowl. Are people sick of the Pats? Is the NBA finally starting to overtake the NFL in interest? Or are we just more focused on our surging Cats around these parts?