Kentucky vs. Florida: Full Game Preview
|Kentucky||A Goodwin 14.2||N Noel 9.6||R Harrow 3.3|
|Florida||K Boynton 13.1||P Young 6.6||S Wilbekin 5.1|
No. 7 Florida plays host to No. 25 Kentucky at O'Connell Center on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Gators are 2-8 against the Wildcats over the last four years. They lost 74-71 the last time they played (Mar. 10, 2012).
Kentucky and Florida are packed together in the SEC, holding down second and first place, respectively.
In an 83-58 beatdown of Mississippi State on Feb. 9, Mike Rosario put up 18 points for the Gators. He tallies 12.5 points per game and also adds 2.5 rebounds per game. For the Wildcats, Willie Cauley-Stein put up 12 points in the 72-62 win over Auburn on Feb. 9. He contributes 5.5 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.7 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Kentucky is strong in the following categories: free throw rate at 43.6 percent and effective field goal percentage at 54.1 percent.
- It's only wins and losses, but Florida has a better overall record than Kentucky this season (19-3 vs. 17-6).
- Florida has a better scoring defense (52.7 allowed per game vs. 62.5 allowed per game) than Kentucky this season.
- Florida has a stronger schedule than Kentucky this season (SOS Rank: No. 12 vs. No. 72).
- Scottie Wilbekin is ranked 2nd in the SEC in assists.
- Erik Murphy is ranked 6th in the SEC in three-pointers.
- Patric Young is ranked 3rd in the SEC in blocks.
- Florida is ranked higher than Kentucky in the SEC (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
- Florida has an average margin of victory of 9 over Kentucky in 22 wins since 1980.
- AP voters think more highly of Florida and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Kentucky (154 vs. 145).
- Even computers respect Florida more. Florida has a better RPI this season than Kentucky (RPI: No. 5 vs. No. 47).
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