Location: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tennessee [Capacity: 19,395]
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
SiriusXM: 93/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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|(8) FLORIDA GATORS||(1) KENTUCKY WILDCATS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: John Calipari|
|Record: 16-16 (8-10 SEC)||Record: 31-0 (18-0 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
Odds: Florida +13.5
THIRD TIME MAY NOT BE A CHARM FOR FLORIDA
Florida has already dropped two games to Kentucky this season – both by significant margins – though that is not to say the Gators were not competitive in each contest.
In a seven-point home loss to UK, UF led for nearly the entire first half and were up two on the nation’s top team with 12:17 left in the game. The contest remained close with the Wildcats holding just a two-point lead with 1:05 to play. From there, the visitors outscored the hosts 7-2 with all seven points coming at the line.
Kentucky’s win in Rupp Arena was more decisive. Florida trailed by just three with 10:30 to play, but UK outscored UF 23-9 over the remainder of the contest as the Gators made just three field goals in that span.
In other words, Florida knows exactly what it is going up against on Friday.