Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 13 points, highlighted by a thunderous dunk over freshman Devin Robinson in the second half, and the Wildcats (23-0, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Gators (12-11, 5-5).
It was closer than most expected. Even Florida coach Billy Donovan said this week that there was a “huge discrepancy” in talent between the teams. Donovan added: “I wouldn't say it's just our team. It's everybody.”
But the Gators played one of their best games of the season and kept it tight.
Florida led by nine in the first half and used a 6-0 run to go up 44-42 midway through the second. But Cauley-Stein's dunk proved to be the turning point.
Free throws were big, too
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.