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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Looks like Patric Young’s right ankle is doing just fine.

Florida’s sophomore center showed no sign of the nagging injury that has plagued him since the middle of January against Kentucky on Sunday. That’s one bit of good news for the Gators, as they head into this week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament on a three-game losing streak.

Young scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in UF’s 74-59 loss to top-ranked Kentucky in front of 12,113 at the O’Connell Center. It was the most points he’s ever scored in an SEC game and just four points shy of his career-high 25 against Arizona on Dec. 7. Young went 10-for-15 from the field and took the ball right at UK’s formidable frontcourt of Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones.

"Patric Young was a beast," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "Patric Young plays like that they’re fine in postseason. They’re fine.

"Patric, whatever you had for breakfast this morning, eat it [again], because he dominated us. He was really, really good."

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Top-ranked Kentucky’s 74-59 victory over Florida wasn’t about going 16-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireKentucky forward Anthony Davis reacts after he made a 3-pointer in the second half of a 74-59 win against Florida.
It wasn’t about setting a school record for the most regular-season victories.

Or solidifying its claim to the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

All those things are important, but UK coach John Calipari made Sunday’s game about something else: pride.

"I told them prior to the game, 'Look, bottom line is if we lose we’re still No. 1 seed [in the Southeastern Conference tournament]. It doesn’t change our seeding. It doesn’t do anything, but it’s about pride. And I know you guys want to win. Just play to win and if they beat us, they beat us,’ ” Calipari said. "That was the message prior to the game: Just go have pride and play."

Considering how the Wildcats (30-1, 16-0) dominated the 13th-ranked Gators (22-9, 10-6), it’s hard to imagine how well they would have played had there really been something on the line. Kentucky outscored Florida 40-28 in the paint, blocked nine shots, held the Gators to 38.2 percent shooting, and turned the ball over just six times.

Anthony Davis nearly had a triple-double -- 22 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks -- and Terrence Jones had 19 points, four rebounds and three blocks to help Kentucky win its 22nd game in a row and become the third UK team to post a 16-0 conference record (1996 and 2003)

"That’s as good as we played all year," Calipari said.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Kentucky, once again, is perfect.

The top-ranked Wildcats capped off their third 16-0 season in Southeastern Conference play on Sunday afternoon with a rout over 13th-ranked Florida at the O'Connell Center. Kentucky (30-1) also had 16-0 conference records in 1996 and 2003.

Kentucky got 22 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks from freshman Anthony Davis and 19 points from Terrence Jones to win its fourth game in a row over Florida (22-9, 10-6). The Wildcats have won eight of their past 10 meetings with the Gators.

Player of the game: Jones went 9-for-13 from the field and added four rebounds and two steals to go along with his 19 points. He scored Kentucky's first eight points and pretty much had his way with Florida's Erik Murphy. Jones, a preseason All-American and the SEC's preseason Player of the Year, also made his only 3-point attempt.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Some quick initial thoughts after No. 1 Kentucky dismantled No. 7 Florida 78-58 on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena, where UK is now 48-0 under John Calipari:

Overview: Florida is the most talented team Kentucky has played in several weeks, but the Gators were simply outmatched in just about every phase of this one. The Wildcats played stifling defense, holding one of the nation's highest-scoring and best-shooting teams to just 35 percent from the field and 6-of-27 on 3-pointers (the six makes were a season-low). Meanwhile, they got to the rim nearly at will and hit 9-of-15 3s (a season-high 60 percent) themselves to bust the game wide open in the second half. Yep, this is the No. 1 team in the country.

Turning point: After trailing 38-26 at the half, Florida scored two quick buckets to get back within eight points. John Calipari called timeout 58 seconds into the half, and his team responded with a quick 11-0 run to seize momentum by the throat. Marquis Teague and Darius Miller hit 3-pointers during the run, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist capped it with a pretty spin move for a layup and a foul.

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