The Florida Gators hoped to make history when they took on Kentucky for their season finale Saturday. Could the Wildcats wake up and give them a game? They did–sort of.
At times this game looked like the laughter Kentucky fans feared it might become. With the way the team had played of late there was little reason to think the Wildcats could suddenly find their game and provide the No. 1 Florida Gators with a contest.
The first half was an absolute nightmare for the Kentucky Faithful–down by 21, shooting like crap (34.8 percent) against a team that was shooting lights out (61.5 percent), turning the ball over way too much (11), and losing the rebound battle (19-11).
It was pretty much the kind of half that makes fans wonder why Calipari is getting paid so well. Then the second half happened. A 19-4 run by the Wildcats to open the second half put Kentucky back in the game cutting the lead down to six at 53-47 with 12:25 left to play.
That was as close as it got though as the No. 1 team in the land proved that it deserved the title with a 19-point win, 84-65. Kentucky gave a decent fight down the stretch, but the Gators were simply too much. With the win the Florida Gators became the first team to finish SEC play with an 18-0 record.
As the No. 1 team in the nation with a 29-2 record the Gators will undoubtedly by the top seed heading in to the NCAA Tournament.