Takeaways from road loss at Kentucky Wildcats

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While it’s easy to focus on Tshiebwe’s play and points going the other way from turnovers, it undercuts the efforts of the Wildcats’ supporting cast. It wasn’t an overtly impressive shooting performance for the UK, as they only hit 46.3% of their shots (slightly topping UF).

But Kentucky got a solid offensive game from their backcourt to complement Tshiebwe’s production. Three guards scored in double figures, with starters Kellen Grady and TyTy Washington Jr. scoring 15 and 10 points, respectively. Grady hit 4 of 11 of three shots, while Washington could have put on even more had he not gone out late in the game with his own injury.

As if that weren’t enough, Davion Mintz scored 11 points off the bench, and the Wildcats nearly had a double-digit fourth starter in Sahvir Wheeler, who had nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.

Florida has struggled a lot with defensive consistency this season. In some games he looked like one of the best units in the country while in others he was completely non-existent. This performance probably falls somewhere in between, but either way, the band didn’t do enough to upset the road.

Now he’s heading for a matchup with an Aggies team in College Station that’s on an eight-game losing streak. A loss in this game could prove devastating to Florida’s NCAA Tournament hopefuls.

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