SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Florida

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Kentucky visits Florida 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
Kentucky 0.461 0.335 0.796 286 1106 406 158 153 378
Kentucky OPP 0.391 0.303 0.686 328 984 322 152 94 362
Florida 0.456 0.344 0.722 308 1058 355 175 117 359
Florida OPP 0.420 0.319 0.728 276 953 337 166 76 391

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Statistical Leaders

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 28 16.3 128 141 58
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 29 14.0 141 93 30
Nick Richards Kentucky 29 13.9 153 98 0
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 29 11.5 103 112 16
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 26 6.3 68 28 1
Nate Sestina Kentucky 26 5.8 52 25 21
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 29 4.3 52 17 3
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 26 2.5 23 10 10

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards Kentucky 76 149 225 7.8
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 44 99 143 5.5
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 11 117 128 4.4
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 15 106 121 4.3
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 6 110 116 4.0
Nate Sestina Kentucky 34 65 99 3.8
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 30 65 95 3.3
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 12 37 49 1.9
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 14 17 31 1.7

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Keyontae Johnson Florida 29 14.0 153 71 28
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 29 13.4 110 143 25
Andrew Nembhard Florida 29 11.4 125 52 30
Noah Locke Florida 29 10.3 103 19 73
Scottie Lewis Florida 28 8.0 74 57 20
Tre Mann Florida 27 5.5 54 19 21
Ques Glover Florida 29 4.5 52 17 10
Omar Payne Florida 29 3.8 48 13 0

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 71 149 220 7.6
Keyontae Johnson Florida 52 155 207 7.1
Scottie Lewis Florida 28 78 106 3.8
Omar Payne Florida 52 52 104 3.6
Andrew Nembhard Florida 3 84 87 3.0
Noah Locke Florida 4 67 71 2.4
Tre Mann Florida 7 44 51 1.9
Ques Glover Florida 6 24 30 1.0
Dontay Bassett Florida 12 16 28 1.9
Jason Jitoboh Florida 12 14 26 1.4
Gorjok Gak Florida 1 2 3 1.5

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NCAA NET

Kentucky: 22

Florida: 29

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

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

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Scouting Report


Kentucky (24-6, 14-3 SEC) fell to Tennessee 81-73 on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Tyrese Maxey led the Wildcats with 21 points. Tennessee’s John Fulkerson paced the Vols with 27 points. This game was fairly close statistically. The Vols did shoot a little better from both 3-point range and from the field. Tennessee had five more rebounds than UK. Sometimes the ball just bounces the right way for one side and the wrong way for the other.

Kentucky is averaging 66 points per game which is fifth in the SEC. The Wildcats allow opponents 74.5 points a contest (6th/SEC). Where Wildcats really make their money is in field goal defense. The Cats allow opponents to make just 39% of these shots. Kentucky is No. 1 in the league in free throw shooting (79.6%).

Immanuel Quickley (16.3 ppg) is the Wildcats leading scorer. The Cats also have Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans averaging in double digits. Richards is the team’s top rebounder (7.8 rpg).

Florida (19-11, 11-6 SEC) defeated Georgia 68-54 on Wednesday night in Athens. Keyontae Johnson led the Gators with 18 points. Johnson also pulled down 11 rebounds. Georgia’s Anthony Edwards topped the Bulldogs with 14 points. Georgia had twice as many turnovers as the Gators (16-8). This was big because it created more offensive possessions for Florida enabling the Gators to take and make more shots than Georgia.

Florida averages 71.9 points a contest (9th/SEC). The Gators defensively allow opponents an average of 65.9 point per contest. Florida is second in the SEC in 3-point shooting (34.4%). Field goal accuracy is another stat category that the Gators excel in (45.6%/4th SEC). Florida is fifth in the league in rebounding margin (+3.5).

Keyontae Johnson leads the Gators in scoring (14 ppg). Kerry Blackshear, Andrew Nembhard and Noah Locke also average in double figures for the Gators. Blackshear leads the team in rebounds (7.6 rpg).

This is another hard to pick game. Both of these teams are almost certain to make the NCAA. Whichever team wins this game will certainly enhance its Big Dance resume. This one is a draw. Normally we pick the home team for a draw but Kentucky has been very good playing on the road this season against good teams. The Gators will be bouncing off the walls for this one (like every UK opponent).

Kentucky-Florida Prediction

Kentucky 78, Florida 77


Saturday‘s game tips off at 1:00 p.m. ET (Noon CT). TV: CBS.

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