After the Florida center left the floor Saturday, Kentucky grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and put together an 18-point second half comeback to stun the Gators on their home floor.
Blackshear’s injury again may affect Kentucky, as the Gators could be the Cats semifinals opponent if both teams are to advance that far.
Meanwhile, Florida is the fifth seed and will need to beat either the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs or No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels in the second round, then defeat the fourth-seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs in Friday’s quarterfinals.
The Cats swept the season series from the Gators, but Blackshear scored a combined 18 points with 11 rebounds in about three halves of action. He also helped hold Nick Richards to just two points on 1/7 shooting in the first half of the second matchup. Richards went on to score 17 points in the second half as Blackshear was sidelined.