Kentucky vs. Florida – Post Game Notes
Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 12, 2010
In a night where Lane Kiffin-to-USC was more talked about than the actual game, Kentucky held off Florida in front of a crazed crowd in the O’Connell Center in Gainesville for a 89-77 win.
Eric Bledsoe led the Cats with a career high 25 points including 10-13 from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc with fellow freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins adding 19 and 13 points respectively.
Eric Bledsoe was clearly the most important and surprising factor in the game tonight and actually outshined the college basketball darling that is John Wall.
DeMarcus Cousins surprised me tonight by making the little plays. He tied his lowest rebound total since his freshman debut but still was great on the offensive glass and came up with perhaps the biggest rebound of the game following Patrick Patterson’s missed free throw with the Cats up two points.
Daniel Orton came off the bench and had perhaps his best game of his young career. His three blocks on one possession set the tone that Florida better not enter the paint unless they come hard. Orton also set a career-high with nine rebounds tonight as well.
Besides Orton and Darnell Dodson the bench did not show up tonight, scoring zero points and not attempting a single shot.
Other than very short stretches the Kentucky defense was stellar. UK held the Gators to 38.2% from the floor and had six blocks along with six steals in the game. You would like to see them force more than 10 turnovers but when Florida is jacking up shots as quickly as they did at times it was harder to force those turnovers.