SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Florida

Florida-Kentucky

Arkansas plays at LSU 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
Kentucky 1148 343 483 0.749 240 770 289 136 109
Kentucky OPP 0.410 0.360 0.695 183 585 228 108 59 295
Florida 1162 529 326 0.687 221 689 273 156 88
Florida OPP 0.411 0.317 0.702 214 706 222 119 58 330

NCAA RPI

Kentucky: 7
Florida: 39

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 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 Schedule/Results

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

Florida Schedule/Results

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

Kentucky-Florida Prediction

The Tennessee Volunteers went to Florida, trailed for much of the game, received a very tough challenge, but surged in the final six minutes to overpower the Gators and win in Gainesville. One should expect Kentucky to receive a similarly robust challenge from Florida, which is right on the bubble and can dearly use a high-end win to increase its margins as February begins and Selection Sunday begins to come into fuller view. Florida benefited earlier this week from Ole Miss deciding not to foul in the final few seconds of regulation when leading by three points. The Gators have to feel they stole one. The good news: They will feel upbeat heading into this game against Kentucky. The bad news: They know they are not playing well enough and need to dramatically improve against the surging Wildcats. Will they? Skepticism is warranted. Kentucky 75, Florida 68. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 5:00 PM CT (6:00 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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