Sunday, March 7, 2010
Halftime thoughts: Kentucky 41, Florida 31
By Brian Bennett
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Quick halftime thoughts from Rupp Arena, where No. 3 Kentucky leads Florida 41-31 at the break:
It looked like the Wildcats might blow this one open after a 14-0 run midway through the half made the score 34-16. But Florida did good work to get the deficit back to a manageable margin before intermission as Kentucky got careless with the ball and with its fouls.
The best news for Kentucky, other than having the lead, has been the play of Darius Miller and Darnell Dodson. The Wildcats have been looking all year for consistent outside shooting and production from the 3-spot. Miller and Dodson each have eight points at halftime and are a combined 4-for-5 on 3s. Just what Calipari wants to see in March.
Erik Murphy has given Florida a nice boost off the bench with seven first-half points. Murphy has scored double-digit points in just one game all season.