Fastbreak: Florida Gators continue to show bi-polar nature in 80-61 drubbing by Kentucky

Just one week after pulling out a signature win and appearing as if they had finally turned the corner, the Florida Gators (15-8, 6-4 SEC) proved they are still the inconsistent, two-faced team that had played the first 22 games of the 2015-16 season. On the road against the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats (17-6, 7-4 SEC) at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Florida played one of its worst games of the season while allowing Kentucky to put together one of its best.

In doing so, the Gators fell to 1-5 against AP Top 25 teams this season and threw out an opportunity to find a spot in the bottom of the poll. Though UF’s chances to earn an NCAA Tournament bid did not take a major hit, the team’s ego most likely did as it pumped up that of UK and once again fell both on the road and against one of the best opponents its faced this season.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s tough loss with nsix quick-hitters.

It was over when: The second half began. Though the Gators cut the Wildcats’ massive first-half lead down in the first 20 minutes (see below), Florida was simply unable to hold on and allowed Kentucky to go up 18 at the break. UF did not have much success stopping UK at the start of the second half either as the Wildcats scored eight straight points right out of the gate to take a game-high 26 point lead and make a comeback nearly impossible. The Gators did chip away at the large lead, cutting it to 14 as the hosts went 0-for-8 from the floor, but the Wildcats had no problem holding on.

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Gameday – Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats: What to know, how to watch, game picks

Some out-of-nowhere hot shooting has led Florida Gators basketball to a 5-1 record in its last six games, including a victory at home over a top-25 opponent. But can the Gators measure up to their Southeastern Conference rivals on the road in one of the most hostile environments in college basketball?

Florida’s surge will be tested Saturday against the No. 19/20 Kentucky Wildcats, which are coming off rare back-to-back losses and still looking to find the right mix of players during another infamous quick rebuild that includes a ton of high-tier freshman talent. The Gators will look to continue their charge as the Wildcats try to get back in the swing of things at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Kentucky.

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Location: Rupp Arena – Lexington, Kentucky [Capacity: 23,000]
Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: CBS (Spero Dedes, Bill Raftery)
Streaming Video: CBSSports.com
Mobile Video: CBS Sports app (iPhone | Android)
SiriusXM: 132/192 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Florida Gators still face questions at quarterback, offensive line ahead of Tennessee game

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Monday to go over his team’s mistake- and penalty-filled victory over the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday as well as Florida’s upcoming game against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

McElwain discussed the Gators’ still-unsettled quarterback situation, struggling offensive line and injuries that could derail Florida as it gears up to face a rival at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

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Quick hits: 7 things to know as Florida Gators survive Kentucky 14-9, push streak to 29 games

Florida Gators football improved to 3-0 on Saturday with a hard-fought 14-9 win over the Kentucky Wildcats, escaping Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, with a victory in a contest that looked shaky at times for the visitors.

The Gators have now won 29 consecutive games against the Wildcats (1987-present) and still hold the longest active streak against an annual opponent in the nation.

OnlyGators.com is here to break down the game, so here are seven takeaways.

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Gameday – Florida Gators at Kentucky: What to know, how to watch on TV, live stream online

Florida Gators football will look to start 3-0 for the first time since 2012 when it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday evening. The Gators are hoping to avoid a historic loss and begin Southeastern Conference play with a bang as head coach Jim McElwain leads Florida into Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.

Here’s a look ahead at Saturday’s game: what to know and how to watch the Gators.

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Location: Commonwealth Stadium – Lexington, Kentucky [Capacity: 61,000]
Weather: 72°F (feels like 72°F), mostly cloudy (35% chance of rain), winds N at 9 mph

Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
TV: SEC Network (Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor)

Streaming Video: WatchESPN | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app
SiriusXM: 93/192 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Friday Final: Florida Gators tight ends leading attempted offensive resurgence

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the Florida Gators as they prepare for their first road contest under new head coach Jim McElwain.

The Gators will take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and air live on SEC Network.

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Snell’s Slant: Offensive line, secondary are concerns but Gators better than they looked

By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist

I’ve always loved the lyric, “Mama said there’ll be days like this.”

Saturday’s game against East Carolina, well, that was one of those days. ECU stayed competitive the entire game and even had the chance to tie things up with a few minutes left. The box score did not really indicate how many facets of the game Florida needs to improve in before it hits SEC play this weekend.

As with most things in life, there’s good and bad. One of the most significant problems for the Gators right now is their offensive line. Look, I ain’t gonna sit here a bash these guys. I think there are a few guys, as I mentioned last week, who can be very, very good. But I think for all of them, with the exception of Trip Thurman, the lack of experience is really an issue.

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Florida Gators practice update: Jim McElwain likely going with hot hand at quarterback

More pleased with his team’s efforts over the last few days, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain was in a better mood when he met with the media Wednesday evening ahead of his squad’s upcoming road contest against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Lexington, Kentucky.

McElwain discussed the continuing quarterback battle, provided some injury updates and also explained how one of Florida’s players has handled a difficult week with plenty of media attention.

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