Florida loses two in a row after a slow night on the offense against Kentucky

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"They really came out and punched us in the mouth," Tyree Appleby remarked after Florida suffered its biggest loss this season falling 76-58 to Kentucky on Saturday, Kentucky found their rhythm on the court early, while the Gators struggled to put the ball through the hoop in the second half.
One of the ways that Kentucky was able to fly past their SEC rival was their number of defensive rebounds as well as having four players shoot in the double digits. With a 55.8 field goal percentage and 25 defensive rebounds, the Wildcats had many chances to lengthen their lead. Kentucky started off their season 1-6 but has won three in a row.
"You can underestimate any team in the SEC," Tyree Appleby added.
The beginning of the game showcased a back-and-forth on the scoring for both teams. Nonetheless, Kentucky began to have more success on the offense. The score going into the half rested at 35-29 for the Wildcats but not for long.
Coming out of the half, Kentucky dominated the court going on a 13-0 run in four consecutive minutes. The Gators had countless missed basket opportunities as well as many failed free throw attempts.

Head coach Mike White was frustrated quickly into the second half as his team had turnovers in three consecutive possessions.
"You can't beat a good team with 16 turnovers, and it's really been our biggest offensive deficiency this season," Mike White said following the game. "For the most part they had their way with us offensively." Saturday's loss also signified the biggest at home loss inthe White coaching era.
Along with the numerous turnovers, Florida went 7-13 in free throws. Additionally, they managed to go 9-20 in threes. While most of the Gator's offense was stagnant, Anthony Duruji led the offense with 15 points and Tyree Appleby scored 10. Overall, Florida made 21 of their 56 attempts finishing with a 37.5 field goal percentage.
Florida has a chance on Tuesday to snap their two-game losing streak. They take on Ole Miss at home at 7:00 p.m.
Bd489
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That was brutal. Just brutal.
Romeg8r
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It is probably time to move on from Mike White
Jburgess
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The need to move on has been obvious for awhile.
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