Without starting point guard De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky freshmen Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo stepped up in a major way, as the Wildcats defeated Florida 76-66 Saturday at Rupp Arena.
It was probably Kentucky’s most impressive victory of the season considering the circumstances. Florida had embarrassed Kentucky the last time the two teams met this season in Gainesville, and without yesterday’s win, Kentucky would have a very slim chance at claiming at least a share of the SEC regular season title.
After scoring just three points in the first half, Monk went off for 30 in the second half in one of the greatest performances Rupp Arena has ever seen. Adebayo captured 15 rebounds for the second straight game, to add to his 18 points.
Cats fans were all smiles in Lexington following the game and, being out and about last night, you get the sense that March is just around the corner, and that the Big Blue Nation is starting to get that old Final Four feeling. Too early? Time will tell. Here’s a look at what they’re saying...