Let me start off by saying that The Florida Gators have an all-time record of 2-7 against number one teams. All seven of their losses came against Kentucky. This game was going to be different. It was time for the Gators to show the world that even though they are small, hitting the three and playing great defense wins games as well. Or at least I thought it did.
The Gators started out the game exactly the way Billy D wanted them too. They played stingy defense, rebounded aggressively, and hit the three. The Kentucky Wildcats opened up the game going 0-7 from the field. The Gators were up by six and looking good. Then it happened. Kentucky began to play like Kentucky. Aggressive defense, shot blocking, driving layups and so on. After their poor start, they went 9-13 and were up by 6 with 6 minutes remaining in the first half. The Gators scored a season low in the first half with 26 points and made only two 3pt FG’s. This is pretty bad being that Florida leads the NCAA in 3 pt. FG’s made with a total of 241. We went into halftime deflated. It was clear we were overmatched. But just maybe, maybe Coach Donavan would be able to rally the troops and put on a clinic in the second half with a barrage of threes and so on. I was optimistic.
The second half started out exactly how the first half started out, well kind of. The Gators went on a monstrous run, 4-0, and Kentucky was scared. Not really. The onslaught began. Kentucky picked up right were they left off and never looked back. They basically dominated the game the entire night. And it didn’t help the Gators that they were atrocious from behind the arc. So chalk this game up as nothing more than a loss. We can’t focus to much on this… But if we want to for just a second, we could come to the realization that the Gators were playing basketball with 5 potential NBA caliber players. They were overmatched from the beginning and Kentucky is going to win it all this year. Fact is Fact. I hated to write that but no one can think anything different once they see this team play. There is just to much talent and everyone coming off the bench is like a starter for most other teams. Good for Cailipari (Kentucky coach). Any man who can avoid scandal in one program, bail out of it and start fresh from another program, while still recruiting the top talent in the nation has got to be doing something right.
….So what if he cooked the books so Derrick Rose’s SAT scores were good enough to play.