Kentucky is 0-12 this season when having a negative assist/TO margin plus boxscore and other game notes

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Team Records and Series Notes                                       

  • Kentucky falls to 8-14 overall, 7-8 in the Southeastern Conference.
    • The loss snaps ’s three-game winning streak, which was tied for its longest of the season.
  • Florida improves to 13-6 overall, 8-6 in league play.
  • Kentucky still leads the overall series 105-41, including 53-11 in games played in Lexington, but today ended a five-game winning streak vs. Florida.
    • It marks just the fifth time in the series history the two schools have split the regular-season series with wins on the road.
  • Next: Kentucky has its last regular-season away game Tuesday at Ole Miss. The game begins at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT in Oxford, Mississippi) and will be televised on ESPN.  

Player Notes   

  • Graduate student Davion Mintz and seniors and Riley Welch were honored before the game on Senior Day. A decision has not been made yet as to whether they will use their COVID-19 extra season of eligibility.
  • Davion Mintz posted a season-high and career-high-tying 21 points. His previous 21-point effort came on Jan. 9, 2019, vs. Marquette.
    • He made two 3-pointers his fifth consecutive game with multiple long balls and the eighth time in the last nine games.
    • He made all five of his foul shots, adding three rebounds and a season-high three steals.
    • Mintz has scored in double figures in three straight games and is averaging 18.0 points on 45.9% shooting with 11 combined 3-pointers.
    • He has led in scoring a team-high nine times this season.
  • Jr. contributed 13 points – 11 in the first half — including 6 of 6 at the foul line.
    • Six free throws matched his season high, also occurring vs. Florida.
    • It is his team-leading 16th game in double figures this season.
  • Isaiah Jackson played an efficient offensive game, making all four field goal attempts and 3 of 4 free throws for 11 points, but was limited to 16 foul-plagued minutes.
    • It is his fourth game in a row to score in double figures and he is averaging 15 points per game during that span.
    • Led the Wildcats in rebounding with five and blocked shots with three.
  • Jacob Toppin continued his recent strong play off the bench with 11 points and three rebounds.
    • He is averaging 11 points per game over the last three contests.

Coach John Calipari 

  • Calipari is now 338-91 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 783-231 all-time on-court record. 
  • is 274-53 under Calipari against teams unranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
  • Calipari is 20-9 in his career against Florida.

Team Notes 

  • Kentucky is now 95-21 all-time on Senior Day and 9-2 under Calipari. did not have a senior on its roster for the 2017-18 season.
  • The closely contested game featured nine ties and 14 lead changes, with the teams separated by no more than four points the entire second half.
  • made 25 of 29 free throws today, 86.2%.
    • During the last three games, the Wildcats have hit 66 of 74, 89.2%.
  • With seven assists and 15 turnovers, is now 0-12 this season when having a negative assist/TO margin.
    • It snapped a season-long four-game streak with more assists than turnovers.
  • UK led by as many as 10 points. UK is 287-12 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during the game but fell to 6-4 this season.

In the First Half 

  • Kentucky started Riley Welch, Davion Mintz, Jr., Isaiah Jackson and for the first time as Welch made his first start at Kentucky and first of his career.
    • It’s the eighth different starting lineup for UK this season in 22 games.
    • Devin Askew was the first substitute at the 17:12 mark.
  • Trailing 5-2, an 11-0 UK run gave the Wildcats a 13-5 advantage with two traditional and one plays during the stretch.
  • UK stretched the lead to 10 at 26-16, but the Gators countered with a pair of 8-0 runs to go ahead 38-35.
    • The first 8-0 run featured three UK turnovers and no field-goal attempts.
  • After a Mintz 3-pointer at the 13:59 mark, Kentucky made just one field goal until the 50-second mark but stayed in the game thanks to 14 free throws during the stretch.
    • The lone field goal was a Mintz 3-pointer with 7:31 to play. UK went more than five and a half minutes prior to that 3 without a field-goal attempt because of turnovers and free throws.
  • Kentucky got the last four points of the half and went to intermission with a 39-38 edge.
  • Mintz led the Wildcats with 13 points and Boston had 11.
    • Mintz has scored double figures in the first half for three straight games, averaging 12.7 points during those three games.
  • UK offset nine first-half turnovers and just 21 field-goal attempts by making 10 of them and going 16 of 17 from the free-throw line.
    • Kentucky is now 5-6 this season when leading at halftime.

 In the Second Half 

  • Kentucky opened the second half with its traditional lineup of the last few weeks with Devin Askew at point guard alongside Mintz, Boston Jr., Jackson and Sarr.
  • The game went back and forth the entire second half, with neither team leading by more than four points at any time.
  • Trailing 63-62 with 3:46 remaining, Florida put together a five-point spurt to go ahead 67-63.
  • The Gators made four foul shots in the final 23 seconds to hold on for the win.
  • The Wildcats only made 9 of 27 shots in the second half and were 1 of 11 from 3.