SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at Kentucky

Kentucky-Florida

The Florida Gators visit the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday in Lexington in a critical SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game, including key players, a statistical comparison, team schedules, injury reports, game TV information and a final score prediction.

John H. Sanford, 14Powers SEC Basketball

Venue

Kentucky

Arena Name: Rupp Arena

Capacity: 23,000

Year Opened: 1976

Rupp Arena

Game Date/Time

Saturday, February 4, 2023, 8:30 PM ET

Team Statistical Comparison

Scoring Offense
Scoring Defense
Scoring Margin
Winning %
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
Three Point %
FT Made P/G
Three Pointers P/G
FT Attempts P/G
3-Point Attempts P/G
FG % Defense
3-Point % Defense
Fouls Per Game
Rebound Margin
Rebounds (Off.) P/G
Rebounds (Def) P/G
Rebounds Per Game
Assist/Turnover Ratio
TOs Forced P/G
Effective FG pct
Florida
72.8
65.0
7.7
60.0
44.1
74.3
33.0
14.9
7.0
20.0
21.0
39.8
31.5
16.6
-0.6
8.7
27.4
36.1
1.1
13.1
0.501
Kentucky
75.3
66.8
8.5
68.2
45.9
68.9
36.6
12.7
7.0
18.4
19.1
42.6
33.2
15.4
7.7
13.3
25.3
38.6
1.4
12.1
0.517

Players and Stats

Florida

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Colin Castleton 12 SR F 6-11 231 15.1 Pts, 7.7 Reb, 2.6 Ast
Will Richard 5 SO G 6-5 195 10.1 Pts, 4.6 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Kyle Lofton 11 SR G 6-3 190 8.8 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 3.1 Ast
Kowacie Reeves 14 SO G 6-6 182 8.6 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Trey Bonham 2 JR G 6-0 170 7.2 Pts, 2.4 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Alex Fudge 3 SO F 6-8 185 7.0 Pts, 4.7 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Riley Kugel 24 FR G 6-5 207 6.6 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Myreon Jones 0 SR G 6-3 180 5.3 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 2.3 Ast
Jason Jitoboh 33 SR C 6-11 285 2.5 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 0.4 Ast
CJ Felder 1 SR F 6-7 230 2.5 Pts, 3.1 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Denzel Aberdeen 10 FR G 6-5 189 1.4 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Niels Lane 4 JR G 6-5 206 1.5 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Aleksander Szymczyk 13 FR F 6-10 240 0.7 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Alex Klatsky 21 JR G 6-4 185 0.6 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Jack May 20 SO G 6-4 175 0.4 Pts, 0.2 Reb, 0.0 As

Kentucky

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Oscar Tshiebwe 34 SR F 6-9 260 16.5 Pts, 13.6 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Antonio Reeves 12 SR G 6-4 185 13.4 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Jacob Toppin 0 SR F 6-9 194 11.5 Pts, 6.3 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Cason Wallace 22 FR G 6-4 193 11.3 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 3.6 Ast
Sahvir Wheeler 2 SR G 5-10 180 7.7 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 5.7 Ast
CJ Fredrick 1 SR G 6-3 195 7.4 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 1.7 Ast
Chris Livingston 24 FR F 6-6 220 5.4 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Lance Ware 55 JR F 6-9 223 2.4 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Ugonna Onyenso 33 FR F 6-11 225 2.7 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Daimion Collins 4 SO F 6-9 202 2.1 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Adou Thiero 3 FR G 6-6 200 2.6 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Brennan Canada 14 SR F 6-6 198 1.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Walker Horn 21 FR G 6-1 200 0.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Kareem Watkins 25 JR G 5-8 145 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Grant Darbyshire 13 FR G 6-2

College Basketball Ratings

Rating Florida Kentucky
ESPN BPI 34 22
Sagarin 39 29
Massey Composite 53 40

Florida vs. Kentucky Basketball Series History

Kentucky leads 129-27

Florida Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 Myreon Jones G 6′-3″ 177 SR Birmingham, AL
1 CJ Felder F 6′-7″ 240 SR Sumter, SC
2 Trey Bonham G 6′-0″ 170 JR Mobile, AL
3 Alex Fudge F 6′-9″ 194 SO Jacksonville, FL
4 Niels Lane G 6′-5″ 215 JR Freehold, NJ
5 Will Richard G 6′-4″ 206 SO Fairburn, GA
10 Denzel Aberdeen G 6′-5″ 189 FR Orlando, FL
11 Kyle Lofton G 6′-3″ 186 SR Hillside, NJ
12 Colin Castleton F 6′-11″ 240 SR Deland, FL
13 Aleks Szymczyk F 6′-10″ 233 FR
14 Kowacie Reeves G 6′-6″ 190 SO Macon, GA
20 Jack May G 6′-4″ 195 SO Boca Raton, FL
21 Alex Klatsky G 6′-4″ 206 JR Colts Neck, NJ
24 Riley Kugel G 6′-5″ 207 FR Orlando, FL
33 Jason Jitoboh C 6′-11″ 300 SR

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 Jacob Toppin F 6′-9″ 205 SR Brooklyn, NY
1 CJ Fredrick G 6′-3″ 185 SR Cincinnati, OH
2 Sahvir Wheeler G 5′-9″ 180 SR Houston, TX
3 Adou Thiero G 6′-6″ 200 FR Leetsdale, PA
4 Daimion Collins F 6′-9″ 210 SO Atlanta, TX
12 Antonio Reeves G 6′-5″ 205 SR Chicago, IL
13 Grant Darbyshire G 6′-2″ 190 FR Cincinnati, OH
14 Brennan Canada G 6′-6″ 205 SR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Walker Horn G 6′-4″ 200 FR Austin, TX
22 Cason Wallace G 6′-4″ 193 FR Dallas, TX
24 Chris Livingston F 6′-6″ 220 FR Akron, OH
25 Kareem Watkins G 5′-8″ 175 JR Camden, NJ
33 Ugonna Onyenso F 6′-11″ 225 FR
34 Oscar Tshiebwe F 6′-9″ 260 SR
55 Lance Ware F 6′-9″ 235 JR Camden, NJ

Florida Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Stony Brook 45 Florida 81
11/11/2022 Kennesaw St 78 Florida 88
11/14/2022 FAU 76 Florida 74
11/18/2022 Florida 76 Florida State 67
11/24/2022 Florida 83 Xavier 90
11/25/2022 Oregon St 68 Florida 81
11/30/2022 FAMU 62 Florida 102
12/4/2022 Stetson 51 Florida 89
12/7/2022 UConn 75 Florida 54
12/14/2022 Ohio 48 Florida 82
12/20/2022 Florida 53 Oklahoma 62
12/28/2022 Florida 58 Auburn 61
1/4/2023 Texas A&M 66 Florida 63
1/7/2023 Georgia 75 Florida 82
1/10/2023 Florida 67 LSU 56
1/14/2023 Missouri 64 Florida 73
1/18/2023 Florida 52 Texas A&M 54
1/21/2023 Florida 61 Mississippi State 59
1/25/2023 South Carolina 60 Florida 81
1/28/2023 Florida 50 Kansas St 64
2/1/2023 Tennessee 54 Florida 67
2/4/2023 Florida Kentucky
2/8/2023 Florida Alabama
2/11/2023 Vanderbilt Florida
2/15/2023 Ole Miss Florida
2/18/2023 Florida Arkansas
2/22/2023 Kentucky Florida
2/25/2023 Florida Vanderbilt
2/28/2023 Florida Georgia
3/4/2023 LSU Florida
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
3/14/2023 to 4/3/2023 NCAA Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Howard 63 Kentucky 95
11/11/2022 Duquesne 52 Kentucky 77
11/15/2022 Kentucky 77 Michigan State 86
11/17/2022 SC State 63 Kentucky 106
11/20/2022 Kentucky 72 Gonzaga 88
11/23/2022 North Florida 56 Kentucky 96
11/29/2022 Bellarmine 41 Kentucky 60
12/4/2022 Michigan 69 Kentucky 73
12/10/2022 Yale 59 Kentucky 69
12/17/2022 UCLA 63 Kentucky 53
12/21/2022 FAMU 68 Kentucky 88
12/28/2022 Kentucky 75 Missouri 89
12/31/2022 Louisville 63 Kentucky 86
1/3/2023 LSU 71 Kentucky 74
1/7/2023 Kentucky 52 Alabama 78
1/10/2023 South Carolina 71 Kentucky 68
1/14/2023 Kentucky 63 Tennessee 56
1/17/2023 Georgia 71 Kentucky 85
1/21/2023 Texas A&M 67 Kentucky 76
1/24/2023 Kentucky 69 Vanderbilt 53
1/28/2023 Kansas 77 Kentucky 68
1/31/2023 Kentucky 75 Ole Miss 66
2/4/2023 Florida Kentucky
2/7/2023 Arkansas Kentucky
2/11/2023 Kentucky Georgia
2/15/2023 Kentucky Mississippi State
2/18/2023 Tennessee Kentucky
2/22/2023 Kentucky Florida
2/25/2023 Auburn Kentucky
3/1/2023 Vanderbilt Kentucky
3/4/2023 Kentucky Arkansas
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
3/14/2023 to 4/3/2023 NCAA Tournament

Injuries and Suspensions

Florida

None reported.

Kentucky

[G] Cason Wallace (Leg) – Questionable
[G] Grant Darbyshire (Lower Body) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Florida-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 78, Florida 73

Score prediction for entertainment purposes only.

Saturday‘s game tips off at 8:30 PM ET. TV: ESPN.

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