Kentucky Wildcats finish regular season undefeated, go 31-0


History is theirs.

The Kentucky Wildcats beat Florida 67-50 at Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon to finish the regular season at a perfect 31-0.

They become the second team in program history to win every game during the regular season, matching the 1953-54 team that won a Helms Foundation national championship but was ineligible for the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky is the first team from a power league since Indiana in 1975-76 to finish its regular season without a loss. That Hoosiers team is the last one in men’s college hoops to run the table and win a championship without a loss.

“I’m really proud of this team,” coach John Calipari said on CBS afterward. “They were worried about winning every game, but this team is resilient, and the good news is, we’ve got enough guys. We have enough room to try and figure it out.”

The team donned T-shirts on the court afterward that said “31-0” and “NOT DONE YET.”

Kentucky’s Trey Lyles led the team with 14 points. Karl-Anthony Towns, among the best freshmen in the nation, had 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Wildcats, who were unable to completely dominate overmatched Florida but nonetheless were never truly threatened.

In 24 of Kentucky’s 31 games this season, the Wildcats won by double digits. John Calipari’s all-time record at Rupp Arena as UK coach is 101-4.

In a cool gesture on Senior Day, Calipari started his senior walk-ons at the beginning of the game, played them for 22 seconds, and put them back on the floor for the game’s final 46 seconds.

Devin Booker, left, Willie Cauley-Stein, center and Karl-Anthony Towns. Perfect Wildcats. (USATSI)


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