SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at Kentucky

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Florida visits Kentucky on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Florida 0.452 0.345 0.730 272 934 301 154 104 316
Florida OPP 0.413 0.318 0.730 248 840 290 149 63 345
Kentucky 0.461 0.327 0.788 257 984 358 132 140 327
Kentucky OPP 0.385 0.297 0.685 290 862 273 133 85 308

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Statistical Leaders

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Keyontae Johnson Florida 26 13.7 132 66 25
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 26 13.2 94 133 21
Andrew Nembhard Florida 26 11.9 117 48 27
Noah Locke Florida 26 10.8 97 17 69
Scottie Lewis Florida 25 8.0 63 57 18
Tre Mann Florida 24 5.2 44 19 17
Ques Glover Florida 26 4.8 50 17 9
Omar Payne Florida 26 4.2 48 13 0

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 62 135 197 7.6
Keyontae Johnson Florida 48 133 181 7.0
Scottie Lewis Florida 26 76 102 4.1
Omar Payne Florida 52 51 103 4.0
Andrew Nembhard Florida 3 75 78 3.0
Noah Locke Florida 4 63 67 2.6
Tre Mann Florida 5 41 46 1.9
Ques Glover Florida 6 23 29 1.1

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 25 15.2 106 124 45
Nick Richards Kentucky 26 14.5 143 91 0
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 26 13.9 126 82 28
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 26 12.0 95 107 15
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 23 6.3 61 23 1
Nate Sestina Kentucky 23 5.8 46 23 19
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 26 4.5 49 17 3
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 23 2.9 23 10 10

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards Kentucky 72 138 210 8.1
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 38 87 125 5.4
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 8 101 109 4.2
Nate Sestina Kentucky 32 64 96 4.2
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 5 102 107 4.1
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 15 87 102 4.1
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 29 60 89 3.4
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 11 34 45 2.0

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Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena

NCAA RPI

Florida: 36

Kentucky: 22

Florida Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ques Glover G 5′-11″ 176 FR Knoxville, TN
1 Tre Mann G 6′-4″ 172 FR Gainesville, FL
2 Andrew Nembhard G 6′-5″ 193 SO Aurora, ON
3 Alex Klatsky G 6′-3″ 189 FR Colts Neck, NJ
4 Anthony Duruji F 6′-7″ 213 JR Germantown, MD
5 Omar Payne F 6′-10″ 223 FR Kissimmee, FL
10 Noah Locke G 6′-3″ 207 SO Baltimore, MD
11 Keyontae Johnson F 6′-5″ 231 SO Norfolk, VA
12 Gorjok Gak C 6′-11″ 244 JR Sydney, NSW
21 Dontay Bassett F 6′-9″ 236 JR Oakland, CA
22 Tyree Appleby G 6′-1″ 163 JR Jacksonville, AR
23 Scottie Lewis G 6′-5″ 185 FR Hazlet, NJ
24 Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6′-10″ 241 SR Orlando, FL
33 Jason Jitoboh C 6′-11″ 300 FR Chattanooga, TN

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 198 SO Cartersville, GA
1 Nate Sestina F 6′-9″ 234 SR Emporium, PA
2 Kahlil Whitney F 6′-6″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
3 Tyrese Maxey G 6′-3″ 198 FR Garland, TX
4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 247 JR Kingston, Jamaica
5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 188 SO Havre De Grace, MD
10 Johnny Juzang G 6′-6″ 214 FR Los Angeles, CA
11 Dontaie Allen G 6′-6″ 200 FR Falmouth, KY
12 Keion Brooks Jr. F 6′-7″ 205 FR Fort Wayne, IN
13 Riley Welch G 6′-0″ 185 JR Littleton, CO
14 Brennan Canada F 6′-6″ 198 FR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 235 FR Lexington, KY
23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 228 SO Fort Pierce, FL
33 Ben Jordan F 6′-9″ 250 SO Olive Hill, KY

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Scouting Report


Florida (17-9, 9-4 SEC) defeated Arkansas 73-59 on Tuesday in Gainesville. Keyontae Johnson led the Gators in scoring with 24 points while Mason Jones topped the Razorbacks with 21 points. Florida won this game with superior shooting making 50% from the field, 37.5% from 3-point range and 84% from the line. The Hogs were marginal from field goal range (40%) and struggled from 3-point range (19%) and at the free throw line (63.2%).

Kerry Blackshear is the Gators top scorer so far this season averaging 13.8 points per game. He’s also the Gator’s top rebounder (8.1 rpg). The second top points producer is Keyontae Johnson (13.5 ppg). Team statistics wise, Florida doesn’t shine or struggle in any particular statistical category. In most stats the Gators are in the middle of the pack. Two areas the Gators somewhat stands out in is rebounding margin (5th, +2.8) and 3-point shooting (3rd, 33.2%). Florida does struggle in the area of blocks (9th, 3.9 bpg) and assists (13th, 11.4 apg) and steals (12th, 6.0 spg).

Kentucky (21-5, 11-2 SEC) defeated LSU 79-76 on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. Immanuel Quickley led the Cats with 21 points while Skylar Mays topped the Tigers with 17 points. Kentucky outshot the Tigers in all 3 phases of the game but LSU’s rebounding edge (45-33) helped keep the score close.

UK is averaging 75.4 points per game so far this season and allows 65.6 points a contest. Quickley leads the Cats in scoring (14.9 ppg). The other players who also average at least 12 points a game include Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards and Tyrese Maxey. Richards also leads the team in rebounding (8.2 rpg). Hagans is one of the best guards in the country both offensively and defensively. Kentucky as a team is shooting 46.3% (2nd SEC) from the field, 33.3% (2nd SEC) from 3-point range and 78.9% (1st SEC) from the line. The Cats are third in the league in 3-point shooting defense (29.3%) and second in the conference in field goal shooting defense (38.4%).

Both these teams are coming off big road wins. Florida is one team that seems to have improved gradually as the season has progressed. Winning in Rupp Arena is not easy. Kentucky should win this one.

Florida-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 72, Florida 67


Saturday‘s game tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN.

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