In a game of runs between the No. 11 Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats, it was the Wildcats who closed with an 11-0 run to pull off a 61-57 upset on Saturday at Rupp Arena. The victory is a huge one for Kentucky's NCAA Tournament resume.
The Wildcats (21-10, 12-6 SEC) looked to be in big trouble after the Gators (24-6, 14-4 SEC) went on a 23-6 second half run to take a 57-50 lead, but Kentucky roared back thanks to excellent defense. Florida's offense went in the tank, not scoring a point over the last seven-plus minutes of the game and missing their last 11 shots in the process. The Gators had a chance to tie late, but a Kenny Boynton jumper rattled out.
Archie Goodwin scored 16 points to lead Kentucky. Julius Mays had 13 points, including two late free throws that iced the game. Ryan Harrow added 13 points, while Alex Poythress chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds.