Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari sat down Tuesday night following his team’s 69-52 defeat by Florida for his post game interview. As he slid the chair out from underneath the table, Calipari looked to the back of the room past all the reporters and cameras and called out to University of Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley and said “you’ve got yourself a good basketball team.”
Florida improves its record to 20-3, 10-1 in the conference and 12-0 at home this season. With the win, UF has now won 20 games or more in each of the last 15 seasons, all under Gator coach Billy Donovan. The victory also keeps the Gators atop the SEC standings and gives them to a two game lead.
Five Gators scored in double figures with junior guard Scottie Wilbekin leading the team with 14 points, shooting 55 percent from the field and dishing out eight assists. Junior forward Casey Prather came off the bench to tie his season high in scoring with 12 points on 75 percent shooting, while grabbing three boards, getting two assists and two blocks. Prather also took three key charges. Junior center Patric Young recorded his sixth double-double on the season, scoring 12 points and snagging 11 rebounds. Young talked about what the win meant to him.
Defensively, the Gators continued their dominance allowing only two Wildcats to score double digits. UK senior guard Julius Mays and freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who came off the bench, both dropped 10 points. Kentucky also became the 17th team the Gators have held to under 60 points this season. To make matters worse, freshman star Nerlens Noel, who’s averaging 10 points and nine rebounds a game went down in the second half after suffering a knee injury. Coach Donovan spoke about how much respect he has for Noel.
Florida travels to Alabama this Saturday to take on the Auburn Tigers. You can catch all the live action from that game right here on ESPN Radio 850/900 starting at 12:55pm.