No. 18 Kentucky basketball plays Florida at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-Florida score, live updates, stats
FINAL: Florida 66, Kentucky 64
That was an insane finish. Down six with under a minute to go, Kentucky nailed a pair of 3-pointers and had a chance when the Gators missed the front of a 1-and-1. Quade Green drove and was blocked out of bounds with under 7 seconds left. Then PJ Washington was blocked out of bounds with under 3 seconds to play — but it sure looked like a foul. Boos rained down from Rupp Arena and the Cats turned it over on their last gasp. Good fight, but a tough loss (UK’s second in a row) for this young team. Final box score (and video of the no-call):
Once again, no foul. pic.twitter.com/so1jq4ODSL
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 21, 2018
Florida 66, Kentucky 64, 26.2 2H: Still no sign of re-entry from “y’all are garbage” fan after UF hit two free throws and Gabriel swished a corner 3-pointer to keep this thing very much a ball game. Cats playing very well since being declared waste material.
Florida 64, Kentucky 61, 32.5 2H: The Cats were down six, seemingly hopeless, and one angry man stormed out of the upper arena screaming down to the court, “Y’all are garbage! Every (bleeping) game!” Knox promptly banked in a 3-pointer and UK forced a Florida timeout on the inbounds play. Ain’t over yet.
Florida 62, Kentucky 58, 1:52 2H: Florida’s senior point guard and loaded backcourt figure to be an edge down the stretch. Chris Chiozza rattled in a 3-pointer with SGA’s hand in his face for the lead. Washington answered with a tough bucket inside, then the Gators scored over Gabriel, Gilgeous-Alexander drove and was blocked and Florida slashed to the rim for another bucket and four-point lead. Can the young Cats answer? (Finishing lineup is Green, SGA, Knox, Washington, Gabriel.)
Kentucky 56, Florida 55, 3:45 2H: How do you surge ahead for the lead in a game where you’re minus-10 in the turnover margin and ice cold shooting it? By clobbering the other side on the glass. Richards’ eighth rebound (fourth on the offensive glass) in 19 minutes led to a foul and tying free throw. At that point, UK led the rebounding tally 42-27. A Gilgeous-Alexander steal and layup with 6:24 to go gave the Cats their first lead since the 2:20 mark in the first half. Updated box score:
Florida 51, Kentucky 50, 7:32 2H: Kentucky had not made a jump shot since the 9:57 mark of the first half — all layups and dunks in that span — until Hamidou Diallo swished a 3-pointer with 8:10 remaining in the game. That also extended UK’s streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer to 1,032. The Cats missed their first eight tries tonight and had been 1 for 19 the last two games. Kevin Knox saved the streak late in Tuesday’s game at South Carolina, too. This has been ugly for the Cats (15 turnovers to 5 for Florida and awful shooting) but they’re right in it, somehow.
Florida 45, Kentucky 43, 11:46 2H: Sacha Killeya-Jones has given the Wildcats a spark with some strong defense in the paint and a pair of putbacks to spark a 6-0 UK burst. Kentucky needed that. After its eight-point lead with 5:05 to go in the first half, UF launched a 29-5 run during which the Cats dropped from 50 percent shooting to 3 of 15 while the Gators made their move. SKJ has 7 points and 3 rebounds (2 offensive) in 11 minutes off the bench, and fellow sophomore Wenyen Gabriel has 7 points, 6 boards in 12 minutes off the bench. The “vets” coming up big tonight. Here’s your updated box score:
Florida 45, Kentucky 37, 15:24 2H: Richards is still beasting — monster put-back dunk on a missed 3-pointer (UK 0 for 8 tonight) and another nasty one off a Gilgeous-Alexander lob — but Florida is hitting everything (and getting every loose ball) and the Cats aren’t making much at all. On the bright side, Richards has 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in his best overall game in a while.
HALFTIME: Florida 33, Kentucky 31
The (almost) full-strength Wildcats were looking pretty darn good with a 28-20 lead and 5:05 to go in the first half. Then they uncorked four quick turnovers, bookended by missed 3-pointers, during a 9-0 Florida run to take the lead in the span of 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Kentucky missed its last six shots of the first half and the Gators ended on a 13-3 burst. In the Cats’ last 60 minutes of basketball, they’ve made just 1 of 17 3-pointers, which is problematic. Here’s the full halftime box score (and shot chart):
Kentucky 28, Florida 24, 4:23 1H: Y’all won’t believe this, but getting two 5-star guys back from injury makes Kentucky a different team. Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt are really giving the Cats a lift. Vanderbilt has 4 points and 4 rebounds in 4 minutes (which makes it 10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists in 18 career minutes), including a drive and crazy banked-in shot off the very top of the backboard that seemed impossible. Green’s lob to SKJ for a bucket and foul capped a 7-0 UK run for a brief 28-10 lead.
Kentucky 21, Florida 20, 7:22 1H: Nick Richards, the slumping 7-footer who bounced back a bit with 12 points at South Carolina, is playing hard early. He has 2 rebounds (1 offensive), 2 blocks and an assist. He told us yesterday that he’s trying to take the weight of the world off his shoulders, stop thinking so much, and just play loose. It seems to be working.
Kentucky 17, Florida 14, 11:54 1H: Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt giving the Cats a huge lift off the bench — and getting the crowd roaring — as Gabriel scored three straight buckets in the paint and Vanderbilt threw down a putback dunk with a scream. Gabriel has 7 points in 3 minutes.
Florida 10, Kentucky 8, 14:45 1H: The Cats are off to a solid start offensively, including 4 points (and 2 rebounds) from Kevin Knox, but they might want to check 6-8 forward Keith Stone, who has 8 of 10 Gators points and a pair of 3-pointers. Oh, and 5-star Zion Williamson has committed to … Duke in a stunner. The Blue Devils have landed the top three and 4 of the top 8 players in the Class of 2018. Nuts.
Starting Five: Same five for the fourth straight game: SGA, Diallo, Knox, Washington and Richards — but another indication Green will play for the Cats tonight.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 21, 2018
#QuadeWatch: He led the Cats out of the locker room for the layup line about 25 minutes before tip-off and looks loose, energetic and bouncy. He’s moving fine, swishing some threes, goofing around with teammates. Would be sort of surprising if he doesn’t play tonight, which is huge against a loaded Florida backcourt.
For once, #VandoWatch is not necessary. Jarred Vanderbilt made his debut on Tuesday night and will likely play even more minutes against the Gators. So now it’s #QuadeGreenWatch. The starting point guard has missed the last three games with a back injury, but he’s been out working with his teammates here at Rupp Arena before the game.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 20, 2018
Kentucky-Florida game time, details
- Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
- Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
- Records: Kentucky 14-4, 4-2 SEC; Florida 13-5, 5-1 SEC
- Favorite: Cats by 3
What TV channel is Kentucky-Florida on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Florida on ESPN. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor will be on the call.
How can I watch Kentucky-Florida online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Florida on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Florida on the radio?
Kentucky and Florida will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.
- Calipari said starting point guard Quade Green, who has missed the last three games with a back injury, will be a “game-time” decision Saturday. The Wildcats have missed his poise (and shooting from 3-point range and the free-throw line) at the ends of games. They could really use him against Florida’s loaded backcourt, featuring Chris Chiozza (12.3 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 spg), Jalen Hudson (16.5 ppg), Egor Koulechov (15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and KeVaughn Allen (11.3 ppg) — three of them shooting better than 40 percent from three. All four guards have scored at least 26 points in a game this season.
- Will Kentucky be motivated by some harsh criticism from ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg this week? He called the 5-star freshmen “spoiled” among other things. And then on Friday, Calipari all but agreed with him — saying Greenberg’s points need to be addressed and sharing that the Cats had an unpleasant film session in which he demanded personal responsibility in the form of, “That’s on me, Coach.”
- ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, in town for College GameDay, had a lot to say about the young Wildcats (and college basketball in general) on Friday. We have the full Q&A here, and it is well worth your time.
- Oh, and about the same time Kentucky and Florida tip off, 5-star sensation Zion Williamson will announce his college decision. All the buzz is for home-state Clemson, but there’s still a sliver of hope the Cats can pull a Kevin Knox-type surprise.