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Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN/ESPNHD (Brad Nessler, Dick Vitale, Shannon Spake)
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|No. 6/7 FLORIDA GATORS||No. 25 KENTUCKY WILDCATS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: John Calipari|
|Record: 19-3 (9-1 SEC)||Record: 17-6 (8-2 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -10.5 | O/U 134.5
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Kentucky is 93-33 in the all-time series with Florida though its advantage dips to 22-13 in games under Donovan’s stewardship. The Wildcats are 7-1 against the Gators under Calipari (since 2009).
» Florida is undefeated at home this season (11-0), and Kentucky enters the O’Dome on a five-game winning streak (2-0 on the road).
» UF and UK will be battling for first place in the SEC standings.
» Four Gators starters are averaging double figures in scoring. The Wildcats have five players that score in double figures.
» Florida is 44-3 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (18-2 in 2012-13).
» Kentucky has scored 70 or more points in eight of its last nine games.
» The Gators are 3-1 against top-25 opponents this season after going 3-5 against ranked adversaries last season with all five losses coming to top-three teams.
» Florida’s next victory will give Donovan his 15th-straight 20-win season in Gainesville.
» UF is outscoring SEC opponents by an average of +22.3 points per game.
» The Gators are first nationally in scoring margin (+21.5), fourth in scoring defense (52.7), seventh in field goal percentage (.493), eighth in field goal defense (.370), 11th in three-point shooting (8.8 per game), 14th in rebound margin (+7.8) and assist-turnover ratio (1.37), 23rd in assists (15.9) and 24th in three-point percentage (.388).
» Florida is also seventh nationally in fouling, committing 14.2 per game.
» The Wildcats are first nationally in blocked shots (7.7), 10th in field goal percentage (.488), 14th in field goal percentage defense (.378) and 16th in scoring margin (+13.6).
Read the rest of the Florida-Kentucky preview with much more after the break!
WHAT’S AT STAKE / PLAYER TO WATCH
At stake for both Florida and Kentucky in this showdown is first place in the SEC. Though the Gators started hot out of the gate in league play and the Wildcats sustained two early losses, UK’s five-game winning streak coupled with UF’s huge upset loss to Arkansas puts the top of the conference in play on Tuesday. For Florida, a victory helps establish it as the dominant program in the SEC this season. For Kentucky, a win would let the rest of the league know that it still remains the team to beat.
» Senior forward Erik Murphy (#33) is rarely if ever the most talked-about member of the Gators though how he plays on a game-to-game basis can have a drastic impact on the team’s success (or lack thereof). Shooting an astounding 49.5 percent from beyond the arc, Murphy is ranked fifth nationally and first in the SEC in regard to his accuracy from downtown. He is also averaging a team-high 13.8 points in league play and often presents a match-up problem for opposing defenses as he is arguably the premier stretch-four player in the country.
» Sophomore F Kyle Wiltjer (#33) is nearly Murphy’s spitting image as a 6’10”, 239-pound big man who averages just under five rebounds per game and scores in double digits because he is a more-than-capable three-point shooter (.407). Unlike Murphy, Wiltjer comes off the bench for the Wildcats; however, he has proven that he can make the same impact on the game when playing his best. Wiltjer has already had a 20-10 game this season and also matched a career-high with seven three pointers made.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior guard Kenny Boynton is in his fourth year as a starter for the Gators. He is quickly making his way up many of Florida’s all-time lists and is already first in school history in three-point field goals made (310) and attempted (900). He currently leads the SEC in career points (1,877) and three-pointers among active players and is sixth all-time in SEC history in three-pointers made.
1. Ronnie Williams – 2,090 points
2. Andrew Moten – 1,930 points
3. Kenny Boynton – 1,877 points
1. Erving Walker – 4,358
2. Kenny Boynton – 4,201
1. Andrew DeClerq – 128
2. Kenny Boynton – 127
Field goal attempts
1. Stacey Poole – 1,578
2. Andrew Moten – 1,572
3. Kenny Boynton – 1,531
Field goals made
1. Ronnie Williams – 772
7. Udonis Haslem – 633
8. Kenny Boynton – 614
1. Walter Hodge – 151
8. Matt Bonner – 131
9. Kenny Boynton – 130
9. Udonis Haslem – 130
9. Clifford Lett – 130
9. Richard Montgomery – 130
Boynton is also approaching the top 10 in free throws made (11 away – 339) and assists (three away – 364).