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Kentucky’s first 2 SEC success came by narrow margins versus teams that are anticipated to complete in the league’s bottom half. They might be dismissed as insignificant by those wanting to think the Wildcats are predestined for disaster following a 1-6 start. What Kentucky did on Saturday might begin to change the narrative surrounding what these Wildcats are capable of achieving after their dismal start.

With sophomore forward Keion Brooks in the lineup for the first time this season after missing out on the first 9 games with a calf injury, the Wildcats throttled Florida 76-58 on the road and enhanced to 3-0 in conference play. Kentucky got in the day at No. 129 in the NET rankings and still deals with an uphill reach make the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of just 4-6. Brooks’ return fired up the group’s most outstanding showing of the season, as the 6-7 sophomore looked like the spark the Wildcats were missing throughout their historically bad start.

A luxury possibility who played a bench function for in 2015’s 25 -6 group, Brooks finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting and contributed 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes versus the Gators. He is the only gamer on this year’s Kentucky roster who became part of in 2015’s rotation, and coach John Calipari has actually regreted his lack at times this season.

Kentucky’s win sets up a big conference face-off on Tuesday with Alabama, which enhanced to 4-0 in SEC play with a win at Auburn on Saturday. The Wildcats, Crimson Tide and South Carolina are the only remaining teams unbeaten in SEC play.

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