A combination of poor shooting and playing the Kentucky Wildcats does not mix well. Just ask the Florida Gators. The 78-58 drubbing Kentucky displayed to the nation was the worst loss Florida has taken all year, and it set John Calipari's personal record for home wins with a team.
When Florida came into Rupp Arena Feb. 7, they were expecting a very close game. And could blame them? After all, they hung with Ohio State in Value City Arena and played Syracuse within four points in the Carrier Dome.
Before the game, all the pressure was said to be on the Wildcats. After all, it was Calipari's squad that was dubbed as being his best team. The Wildcats were the team with so much to lose—a No. 1 ranking, Calipari's perfect home record and an unblemished conference record.
Florida was supposed to be Kentucky's toughest test in conference play thus far. Their elite backcourt led a very talented squad into Rupp with a seven-game win streak. But it was Kentucky's backcourt, led by Marquis Teague and Doron Lamb, that controlled the game throughout.
Here are the five lessons learned from Kentucky's win over Florida: