Following six straight conference wins, the Gators were looking to carry their positive momentum into Rupp Arena to face the Kentucky Wildcats. A tightly contested first half ended with Kentucky leading by one. But in the second half, the Wildcats used their offensive rebounding and some sharp shooting to send the Gators home with a loss, 76-68.
The Wildcats (20-8, 8-6 SEC) were led by Darius Miller, who had 24 points, and used strong offensive rebounding to close out the Gators. Florida (22-6, 11-3 SEC) had solid games from all five starters, but got only three points off the bench. Kenny Boynton had 21 and Chandler Parsons had 15 to lead the Gators, while guard Erving Walker hit only 2 of 11 shots.
The Gators will return home Tuesday to face the SEC West-leading Alabama Crimson Tide, while Kentucky will play Vanderbilt at home.