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Oscar Tshiebwe was not pleased with the way in which he performed in opposition to Florida earlier this season. The Kentucky massive man had simply 4 factors, making simply two of 14 from the ground, though he did have 15 rebounds.
So when the Cats and the Gators bought collectively on Wednesday night time in Gainesville, Tshiebwe was greater than prepared for the rematch.
The defending Nationwide Participant of the Yr made 12 of 13 from the ground on his method to 25 factors because the Cats gained 82-74. Tshiebwe’s 92.3 p.c capturing is fourth finest in UK historical past. The three gamers above him every made all of their pictures.
In truth, it was the veterans who carried Kentucky in Wednesday’s victory. Antonio Reeves had 16 factors, whereas Jacob Toppin had a double-double with 19 factors and 11 rebounds. It was Toppin’s second double-double in opposition to Florida this season.
And whereas the veterans carried the Cats your complete sport, it was a freshman that sealed the win. With the Cats main by two inside the ultimate minute, Livingston grabbed an offensive rebound, caught it again in and was fouled. The three-point play gave the Cats a 77-72 benefit.
Livingston completed with 11 factors and career-high 15 rebounds within the win.
Within the first half, all the pieces was going Kentucky’s approach. The Cats had been capturing the lights out on their method to constructing a double-digit first-half benefit. UK would lengthen the result in as many as 15 factors, 30-15, earlier than Florida rallied.
And did they ever. The Gators outscored the Cats 22-6 over the rest of the half to take a 37-36 lead into the break.
Within the second half, the Cats would draw back, then the Gators would catch up. That state of affairs occurred on a number of events. Simply when it seemed like Kentucky was pulling away for good, Florida would rally. Time and time once more it occurred till the Cats lastly put the sport away inside the ultimate minute.
Kentucky returns to motion on Saturday, internet hosting Auburn at Rupp Enviornment. Tipoff is ready for 4 p.m. and the sport could be seen on CBS.