Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kentucky Wraps Up Undefeated Regular Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kentucky Wraps Up Undefeated Regular Season

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LEXINGTON, Ky. * After playing down the possibility of the achievement in recent weeks, top-ranked Kentucky finally embraced its milestone following the end of Saturday's 67-50 victory over Florida.

The Wildcats gathered at midcourt and hurriedly donned blue T- shirts with "31-0 Not Done Yet" in white. For sure, they seek nine more wins to claim the ultimate achievement, the national championship, for the storied program.

But the Wildcats took a moment to recognize the school's first 31- 0 regular season, and the first undefeated regular season in Division I men's basketball since Indiana did so in 1975-76 en route to the national title.

It was a significant accomplishment for players who insist that winning the program's ninth NCAA championship is most important. At the same time, this celebration is temporary as the Wildcats soon will resume working toward the only thing that matters. The Wildcats open play in the SEC tournament on Friday, after having a bye in the first two rounds.

"We take pride but our journey is not done," said freshman forward Trey Lyles, who had 14 points and six rebounds for Kentucky. "We have a lot of work to do and we only have two guaranteed games left in our season, so we have to make sure we go out there and play hard and together."

Lyles, who missed last month's matchup with Florida in Gainesville because of strep throat, was essential in getting the Wildcats started toward history with 10 first-half points. Karl- Anthony Towns added 13 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and three assists for the Wildcats (18-0 SEC).

Aaron Harrison added nine points while Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison each had eight for Kentucky, which shot 47 percent and outrebounded the Gators 31-26. Cauley-Stein had seven rebounds.

Kentucky was in charge for the most part but took control after Devin Booker's 3-pointer with 10:16 left made it 47-41. …

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