SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at Kentucky

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

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Florida 0.422 0.338 0.724 324 1014 366 222 117 354
Florida OPP 0.422 0.316 0.685 322 1037 330 177 87 462
Kentucky 0.478 0.360 0.739 350 1159 416 183 152 384
Kentucky OPP 0.403 0.352 0.701 282 892 336 169 90 391

Statistical Leaders

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
KeVaughn Allen 12.2 116 82 53
Noah Locke 10.3 103 29 75
Jalen Hudson 8.6 87 51 33
Andrew Nembhard 8.0 89 33 30
Keyontae Johnson 7.7 88 40 16
Kevarrius Hayes 7.4 82 58 0
Deaundrae Ballard 4.7 50 12 20
Dontay Bassett 2.8 28 20 4
Mike Okauru 1.3 13 8 5

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Kevarrius Hayes 83 100 183 6.1
Keyontae Johnson 54 121 175 5.8
KeVaughn Allen 9 78 87 2.9
Andrew Nembhard 5 79 84 2.8
Jalen Hudson 22 57 79 2.6
Noah Locke 18 57 75 2.5
Dontay Bassett 31 37 68 2.3
Deaundrae Ballard 18 30 48 1.7
Mike Okauru 2 17 19 0.6

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PJ Washington 14.9 158 100 30
Tyler Herro 14.1 149 73 53
Keldon Johnson 13.7 139 94 38
Reid Travis 11.3 99 89 6
Ashton Hagans 7.6 82 53 11
Immanuel Quickley 5.5 46 48 24
EJ Montgomery 4.0 51 15 2
Nick Richards 3.9 40 36 0

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
PJ Washington 69 154 223 7.4
Reid Travis 68 111 179 6.9
Keldon Johnson 40 134 174 5.8
Tyler Herro 11 123 134 4.5
EJ Montgomery 50 71 121 4.0
Nick Richards 49 57 106 3.5
Ashton Hagans 15 54 69 2.3
Immanuel Quickley 1 51 52 1.7

NCAA RPI

Florida: 32
Kentucky: 5

Florida Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Mike Okauru G 6′-3″ 184 SO Raleigh, NC
#1 Chase Johnson F 6′-9″ 219 FR Ripley, WV
#2 Andrew Nembhard G 6′-5″ 191 FR Aurora, ON
#3 Jalen Hudson G 6′-6″ 195 SR Richmond, VA
#5 KeVaughn Allen G 6′-2″ 193 SR Little Rock, AR
#10 Noah Locke G 6′-3″ 205 FR Randallstown, MD
#11 Keyontae Johnson F 6′-5″ 225 FR Norfolk, VA
#12 Gorjok Gak C 6′-11″ 254 JR Sydney, NSW
#13 Kevarrius Hayes C 6′-9″ 227 SR Live Oak, FL
#14 Mak Krause G 6′-2″ 172 SR Atlanta, GA
#15 Isaiah Stokes F 6′-8″ 270 FR Memphis, TN
#21 Dontay Bassett F 6′-9″ 237 SO Oakland, CA
#22 Andrew Fava G 5′-10″ 171 SO Baltimore, MD
#24 Deaundrae Ballard G 6′-5″ 197 SO Atlanta, GA
#25 Keith Stone F 6′-8″ 253 JR Deerfield Beach, FL

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

Florida Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov at Florida State L 81-60
9-Nov vs Charleston So W 76-46
14-Nov vs La Salle W 82-69
Nov 21* vs Oklahoma L 65-50
Nov 22* vs. Stanford W 72-49
Nov 23* vs Butler L 61-54
27-Nov vs North Florida W 98-66
Dec 4* at West Virginia W 66-56
8-Dec vs Michigan State L 63-59
18-Dec vs Mercer W 71-63
Dec 22* vs FGCU W 77-56
29-Dec vs Butler W 77-43
5-Jan vs South Carolina L 71-69
9-Jan at Arkansas W 57-51
12-Jan vs Tennessee L 78-67
15-Jan at Mississippi State L 71-68
19-Jan at Georgia W 62-52
22-Jan vs Texas A&M W 81-72
26-Jan at TCU L 55-50
30-Jan vs Ole Miss W 90-86 OT
2-Feb vs Kentucky L 65-54
5-Feb at Auburn L 76-62
9-Feb at Tennessee L 73-61
13-Feb vs Vanderbilt W 66-57
16-Feb at Alabama W 71-53
20-Feb at LSU W 82-77
23-Feb vs Missouri W 64-60
27-Feb at Vanderbilt W 71-55
2-Mar vs Georgia L 61-55
6-Mar vs LSU L 79-78
9-Mar at Kentucky

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
9-Nov vs S Illinois W 71-59
14-Nov vs North Dakota W 96-58
18-Nov vs VMI W 92-82
21-Nov vs Winthrop W 87-74
23-Nov vs Tennessee St W 77-62
28-Nov vs Monmouth W 90-44
1-Dec vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
15-Dec vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
29-Dec at Louisville W 71-58
5-Jan at Alabama L 77-75
8-Jan vs Texas A&M W 85-74
12-Jan vs Vanderbilt W 56-47
15-Jan at Georgia W 69-49
19-Jan at Auburn W 82-80
22-Jan vs Mississippi State W 76-55
26-Jan vs Kansas W 71-63
29-Jan at Vanderbilt W 87-52
2-Feb at Florida W 65-54
5-Feb vs South Carolina W 76-48
9-Feb at Mississippi State W 71-67
12-Feb vs LSU L 73-71
16-Feb vs Tennessee W 86-69
19-Feb at Missouri W 66-58
23-Feb vs Auburn W 80-53
26-Feb vs Arkansas W 70-66
2-Mar at Tennessee L 71-52
5-Mar at Ole Miss WW 80-76
9-Mar vs Florida

Florida-Kentucky Prediction

The Florida Gators were clearly an NIT team. Then they won at Alabama and LSU and had seemingly turned the corner. Then they decided to lose at home to Georgia. After failing to sweep LSU, they are in a precarious position. They know that if they lose at Kentucky on Saturday, they will need one win at the SEC Tournament to feel reasonably confident about their chances of making the NCAA Tournament. Maybe Florida could lose all of its remaining games and still get in, but the Gators naturally don’t want to take that chance. They have shown they can play elite defense, but their offense suffers far too often. Kentucky did very well to win at Ole Miss earlier this week, and with a loud Rupp crowd in its corner, it is doubtful that UK will lose in this situation. Kentucky 74, Florida 65. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 1:00 PM CT (2:00 PM ET). TV: CBS.

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