Wildcats Win, Gators Enter Big Dance as 2 Seed

When the ladder was brought out at the Georgia Dome, Florida Sr. Chandler Parsons wasn’t climbing it with scissors in hand; it was Kentucky Fr. Doron Lamb.

The No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats (25-8) defeated the No. 12 Florida Gators (25-7) 70-54 in the SEC Tournament Final Sunday. It is Kentucky’s second straight (27th overall) Tournament Championship and second win over Florida since February 1.

The Wildcats came out hitting 6-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from beyond the arch to take an early 14-5 lead. Freshman G Scottie Wilbekin had two strong defensive plays in an 11-3 Florida run that included eight straight points to bring the Gators within one.

Florida went ahead for their first lead of the game (20-19) on a Parsons tip shot.  A little over a minute later, Fr. Patric Young’s jumper gave the Gators their biggest lead of the game at 24-21. Kentucky responded with a 9-0 run, held Florida scoreless for over seven minutes, and led 34-29 going into halftime.

Kentucky continued their dismantling of Florida after the break, coming out with an 8-0 run to extend the lead 41-29. Florida C. Vernon Macklin and Kentucky F Terrence Jones traded back-to-back layups, bringing the score to 45-33, before both teams went scoreless for the next five minutes.

The Gators eventually found some momentum, hitting five consecutive baskets and coming within eight points, but the Wildcats never wavered in intensity, and easily continued to dominate the Gators until the final buzzer.

Florida had their second lowest shooting percentage of the season at 39% (22-57), hit 7-of-21 3FG, was 3-of-8 at the free throw line, and committed 14 turnovers. Four out of five Kentucky starters scored in double digits to Florida’s one, G Kenny Boynton, who finished the game with 10 Pts.

Fortunately for the Orange and Blue, they have bounced back from losses well all season, never losing two in a row. They’re going to need that streak to continue in the NCAA Tournament when they face UC-Santa Barbara in Tampa Thursday at 6:50 pm EST.

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I want to start off by saying thanks for checking out my blog (wow, that sounds strange). I discovered long ago that if you are a woman sports fan (which I am) most people assume you pick your teams by the cutest uniforms, the cutest players, that you have pink jerseys, and very little knowledge of what is actually going on. This is certainly not the case for either myself, or millions of other women. I've also heard many times that the professional female sports journalist got her job merely by being good looking, and being "connected". I am not of that school of belief. The few women who broadcast from a sideline, courtside, practice facility, or studio are incredibly hardworking, and I respect each and every one of them tremendously. They all earned their way to where they are. Unfortunately, the opportunities are few and far between for the rest of us. I don't think it's right, but it is what it is. G9Sports.com is breaking, crushing, and burning down the gender barrier. Created by Julie DiCaro, G9 (G for girl, 9 for Title IX) launched on Feb. 1, 2011 and is the first and only sports based website run entirely by women. I have no doubt, other websites will follow in their footsteps. When? Who knows, but it will happen. In the meantime, it seems most women blog. I really don't even know how to blog, or what it even means (I still use a notebook & pencil to jot down notes during the NFL Combine), but someone suggested I give it a go - so here we are. I thought about some of the sports-related topics that I could write about, and decided after sparing the webisphere from yet another NFL draft blog, I would blog about my first sports love, University of Florida athletics. That is, until they tell me to stop and sick their lawyers on me. Then, I'll probably just blog about Evan Longoria and shoes. Thanks again for the support... View all posts by doryleblanc

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