Patric Young was the best big man on court, leading the Gators to a convincing 69-52 home victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. Young had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds along with 4 blocks and a steal for 86 value credits. The 4 blocks didn't tell the whole story as he physically dominated the paint, making the Wildcats bigmen work hard for any points they scored. Scottie Wilbekin had a masterful game at point scoring 14 points and dishing out 8 assists with 2 steals to earn 73 value credits. Casey Prather provided a big spark offensively with 12 points, 3 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals to finish with 62 value credits. Defensively Casey took several charges which contributed to an overall great team defensive effort.
This game had all the classic hallmarks of a Gator victory this season where 5 Gators scored in double figures (Boynton almost made it six with 9 points) on 17 assists while the defense held the talented Wildcats to an SEC season low 52 points. The Gators also blocked 9 shots versus only 3 for Kentucky, the SEC leader in blocked shots. The only negative of the game was an injury to Wildcat freshman sensation Nerlens Noel who hurt his knee while chasing down a Gator fast break and attempting to block the layup. He was the Wildcats most productive and disruptive player.
The Gators have a potential trap game at Auburn this coming Saturday as some may be looking ahead to playing a hot Missouri Tigers team next Tuesday on the road. Expect Billy to have the Gators ready for the "Auburn" Tigers with the road loss to Arkansas still fresh in their minds.
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Value Credits* are assigned as follows
+5 credits for each Steal and Assist
+4 credits for each Point scored, Rebound and Block
-5 credits for each Turnover
-2 credits for each Field Goal Attempt
-1 credit for each Free Throw Attempt
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The Gators next game will be against Auburn on Saturday, Feb 16th at 1:30. ESPN-850AM WRUF