Gators spoil senior day, 79-64

The size of the Florida Gators once again proved to be too much for the smaller Kentucky Wildcats to handle, as Florida dominated the paint. The road victory in Rupp Arena came on Kentucky's senior day. The loss was the first senior day loss for Kentucky since 1997.

The Florida Gators used a tremendous size advantage to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 79-64. Florida captured the SEC East second seed with the win, relegating Kentucky to its first ever third seed since the SEC began divisional play in the 1991-1992 season.

Florida held a slim 34-33 lead at the half. Just as the Gators did in the game in Gainesville earlier this season they used a fast start to the second half to stagger the Wildcats and were then able to cruise to victory.

The loss marked the first senior day loss in Coach Tubby Smith's tenure with Kentucky. The last senior day loss was in 1997 when the University of South Carolina completed a season sweep of Kentucky with a senior day win.

The taller Gators won the battle of the boards 39-27, led by 13 rebounds by sophomore Joakim Noah, and dominated the paint with 36 points.

Kentucky was led in scoring by a pair of sophomores. Joe Crawford scored a game high 21, and Randolph Morris added 14.

Lee Humphrey led Florida in scoring with 17. The post duo of Joakim Noah and Al Horford scored 15 and 13 respectively.

Kentucky finishes the regular season at 19-11 with a 9-7 SEC record. Florida finishes with a 10-6 conference record, and is 24-6 overall. Both teams will next play in the SEC tournament next weekend, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.


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