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GATORS GAIN MOMENTUM

Florida defeated Kentucky on Saturday in a game both teams needed to win for NCAA Tournament consideration.

GAINESVILLE -- The Gators are still alive. They killed the 'Cats on Saturday.

Florida defeated Kentucky 60-53 at the O'Connell Center in the two teams' season finale. Florida (22-9, 9-Whodge 7 in SEC) snapped its three-game losing streak and gained some much-needed momentum for next week's SEC Tournament.

[PICTURED, A baller and a guy with blue socks.]

Kentucky (19-12, 8-8) has lost four in a row and eight of its last 11 games and Saturday's game likely cemented UK's place in the NIT. (Assuming they accept the bid.)

Florida senior Walter Hodge [BALLER] led the Gators with 18 points on Senior Day. He made the final point of the game, a free throw, then received a standing ovation from a thankful crowd. Hodge will finish his career as the Gators' all-time winningest player.

Florida guard Nick Calathes struggled for the second game in a row. After being benched on a loss to Mississippi State, Calathes returned to action with five points.

Florida and Kentucky combined for 37 turnovers on Saturday.

-jo-

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