Playing in his first game of the season, Keion Brooks Jr. had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Cats, who have now won three in a row to start conference play.
Olivier Sarr had 10 points for the Cats.
Kentucky’s first two SEC victories came by narrow margins against teams that are expected to finish in the league’s bottom half. They could be dismissed as insignificant by those wanting to believe the Wildcats are destined for disaster following a 1-6 start. But what Kentucky did on Saturday might start to change the narrative surrounding what these Wildcats are capable of accomplishing after their dismal start.
With sophomore forward Keion Brooks in the lineup for the first time this season after missing the first nine games with a calf injury, the Wildcats throttled Florida 76-58 on the road and improved to 3-0 in conference play. Kentucky entered the day at No. 129 in the NET rankings and still faces an uphill climb to make the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of just 4-6. But Brooks’ return ignited the team’s most impressive showing of the season, as the 6-7 sophomore looked like the spark the Wildcats were missing during their historically bad start.