Kentucky played the second of their home-and-home against the Florida Gators this evening, trading wins on the year at one to one. As Kentucky stole a win down in Gainesville, the Gators stole theirs in Lexington this time.
The final score tonight was 94-91 in overtime which felt like it was a give-away game by the home team. They led by 10 points with under two minutes before the half with plenty of ease. During the second half, they were outscored 48-43 to end regulation at 84 points by both parties. In overtime, the opponent went on a 10-7 run to secure the road win.
In a night without DJ Wagner (ankle) and Justin Edwards (leg), Kentucky was without two members of its normal starting rotation which had to have thrown things off. Mainly on the DJ side of things, Reed was selected to run the point in his absence. He would not come out once the entire night as he left with 45 minutes played. Sheppard would finish with 24 points, leading the way for the Wildcats just ahead of Rob Dillingham with 20 points and Antonio Reeves with 19.
Even in the loss, this will be remembered as the "Ugo Game" with his breakout performance in his first chance at starting, going for a near triple-double with 13 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks, and 2 steals.
Unfortunately, this is a team effort and one player can't win you a game, and the 'Cats learned that lesson this evening. Here are the final stats from the in-conference loss.
Kentucky is now 3-3 in their last 6 games with #5 Tennessee coming to Lexington this Saturday night. Both teams will be coming off of home losses with the desperation to win.