Joakim Noah and Taurean Green broke out of slumps just in time to help Number 5 Florida make history.
Noah and Green scored 17 points apiece and the Gators rebounded
from consecutive losses to beat Kentucky 85-to-72 today, becoming
the first Southeastern Conference team to win six in a row against
The Gators (26-and-5, 13-and-3) got behind early again and were
tied at halftime, but they used a 13-to-2 run to open the second
half and pulled away down the stretch to finish the season unbeaten
at home (18-and-zero).
Noah scored 18 points the last three games and was admittedly
playing without his usual passion. He had plenty of energy against
the "Kitty Cats," the nickname Noah playfully gave Kentucky this
week. He also had 10 rebounds.
Green was 6-of-32 shooting in the last four games - Florida lost
three of those - and was 3-of-17 from 3-point range. He was much
better in the regular-season finale.
Bobby Perry led Kentucky (20-and-10, 9-and-7) with 20 points,
but 16 of them came in the first half. Randolph Morris, the team's
leading scorer this season, added 13 points.
The field has been set for the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter won the pole and will be joined by rookie Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti on the front row. Row three features defending IndyCar champ Ryna Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe. (NBC Sports)