After falling behind 45-37 to Kentucky with 11:10 remaining last night, Florida scored on its final 13 possessions — 14 if you want to count free throws off John Calipari’s technical foul as a separate possession — on the way to the 69-59 win over the Cats.
I watched the tape, and here’s a breakdown of the Gators’ precision play on those possessions.
No. 1: Patric Young sets up on right block, takes a bounce pass from Scottie Wilbekin, then turns and makes a baby hook in the lane while being fouled. Young makes the free throw to cut the Kentucky lead to 45-41 with 10:37 left.
No. 2: Florida had a fast-break opportunity, but Kentucky did a good job of getting back. Wilbekin reset the offense and after working it around, the point guard gets the ball back and a screen from Young at the top of the key. Alex Poythress, who was guarding Wilbekin, sticks with Young and Willie Cauley-Stein takes a step back from Wilbekin, who is open for a three-pointer just left of the key. He drills it to cut the lead to 45-44 with 9:23 remaining.
No. 3: Young takes a bounce pass from Frazier deep on the left wing while being guarded by Cauley-Stein. The Florida center takes a running hook as he goes through the lane. The shot swishes as Cauley-Stein is called for the foul. Young makes the free throw — his second three-point play in three possessions — and Florida leads 47-46 with 8:37 remaining.
No. 4 (a): John Calipari is called for a technical foul by Michael Stephens with 8:14 left. Wilbekin makes both free throws for a 49-46 Florida lead.
No. 4 (b): Florida gets the ball and Randle makes a half-hearted attempt at a steal on a pass to Casey Prather, who takes the pass on the right wing and drives through the lane, where he makes a shot with his left hand. Florida is up 51-48 at the 7:58 mark.
No. 5: Dorian Finney-Smith gets a key offensive rebound when Young misses a hook shot. Prather takes a pass on the right baseline and drives to the lane, where James Young is called for impeding his progress. Not yet in the bonus, Florida takes the ball out of bounds, works it around to Patric Young on the left block. Guarded by Randle — Cauley-Stein is out on the right wing guarding Wilbekin – Young hits a baseline hook with his left hand to make it 53-50 Gators with 6:36 left.
No. 6: Prather is fouled by Aaron Harrison on a drive through the lane. The forward makes both free throws with 5:41 left to put the Gators back on top, 55-53.
No. 7: Andrew Harrison misses a three from the top of the key, and Randle fouls Wilbekin on the rebound. Wilbekin makes both ends of the one-and-one, and Florida leads 57-53 with 5:05 remaining.
No. 8: Wilbekin misses on a drive as Cauley-Stein gets a piece of the shot, but Finney-Smith snatches the rebound off the glass and passes quickly out to an open Michael Frazier. Aaron Harrison closes quickly on the shooter but it’s too late. Frazier hits the three-pointer, and Florida leads 60-55 with 4:15 remaining. It’s Frazier’s first points of the night. Finney-Smith does a fist-pump after Frazier hit the shot.
No. 9: Billy Donovan calls time with 3:08 left. With the shot clock under 10 seconds, Andrew Harrison is called for hitting Wibekin’s arm on a jump shot to the right of the circle. Wilbekin makes both free throws at the 2:54 mark to make the score 62-57 Florida.
No. 10: Andrew Harrison is called for fouling Wilbekin at the foul line as the point guard drove to the lane. ESPN play-by-play man Dan Shulman says, “Clever play by Wilbekin creating the contact with his left arm.” Wilbekin makes both foul shots with 2:13 left, and the Gators are up 64-57.
No. 11: After patiently working the ball around, Wilbekin tries a jumper from the right wing. Meanwhile, Prather anticipates the shot and swoops in from the left wing to get in rebounding position. He outjumps four UK players — Randle, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Young — to get the miss and is fouled. Prather makes the first free throw, misses the second, but Florida leads 65-59 with 1:23 left.
No. 12: Far from the basket, Andrew Harrison fouls Wilbekin. It’s the fifth foul for Andrew. Wilbekin makes the first, misses the second. Florida 66-59 with 55 seconds left.
No. 13: Desperation time for Kentucky and after Poythress misses a three from the left corner. Florida gets a run-out with Prather scoring as he is fouled by Poythress. Prather makes the free throw and the Gators lead 69-59 with 36.5 seconds left.
Kentucky’s James Young turns it over after that, and Florida runs out the clock for the Gators’ 17th straight win.
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