John Calipari promised one of his patented lineup “tweaks” would be on display Tuesday night, and he came through in Kentucky’s 88-79 win at Florida.
With Derek Willis (ankle) still out, Calipari sat Marcus Lee and inserted Skal Labissiere into the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 19. Labissiere, a beleaguered 7-foot freshman, helped Kentucky jump out to a first-half lead and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Usual suspects Tyler Ulis (19 points and 11 assists) and Jamal Murray (21 points, including 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range) took it from there, and Kentucky did not trail in the final 34:56.
MVP: Ulis. After a lackluster performance against Vanderbilt on Saturday, the sophomore guard found his rhythm again with a 5-for-10 shooting performance.
Starting lineup: Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere
Off the bench: Marcus Lee, Isaac Humphries and Dominique Hawkins
Cleaning up the glass: Kentucky led, 36-32, at halftime … Murray has hit at least one 3-pointer in every game this season … The freshman picked up his ninth straight 20-point game … Poythress (12 points and 10 rebounds) had a double double … All five Kentucky starters had double-digit point totals.
Previous game: Vanderbilt storms floor after upsetting Kentucky
What’s next: Saturday vs. LSU, 2 p.m. ET (CBS)