Kentucky has really started to pile up the Quad 1 wins as of late, finding one more tonight down in swamp country. The Cats flew down to Gainesville on Tuesday to prepare for their annual home-and-home with the Gators and decided to leave with the victory late Wednesday night.
After leading for 37 total minutes of the game, Kentucky went into halftime down after giving up a 22-6 run to end the first half. They held their own in the second portion of the matchup and managed to control the pace down the stretch, regaining the lead and holding it the rest of the way. They finished the conference game with an eight point win, 82-74, as they improve to 10-5 overall against the Southeastern Conference.
A late spark by Chris Livingston and Jacob Toppin helped take some of the credit off the shoulders of Oscar Tshiebwe's impressive scoring performance, with all three ending up in double-figure nights. Antonio Reeves also did his thing, finishing with 16 total points and making both attempted three-pointers. This now makes 11 straight games JT has scored more than ten points while it's also the second consecutive game where Chris Livingston has earned a double-double.
Kentucky is now 5-7 in Quadrant 1 games - which might not seem amazing from the outside looking in but they were 1-7 just less than two weeks ago in them - as they have a couple more opportunities to keep improving that total in the closing of the regular season. This makes five straight wins down in Gainesville while the Gators managed to go 0-2 versus Kentucky this year (bring the brooms back out).
Auburn will make their way to Lexington this weekend for the second to last home game of the season as the home team looks for win number 20 out of twenty nine. The game will tip at 4:00 p.m. ET. and will be another opportunity for a credible win to be added to the resume, and it's on your home floor... Just take care of business. After that, they'll face Vanderbilt at home (dub) before finishing out the regular season at Arkansas on March 4th... Just take care of business and fight like hell in Fayetteville.