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To be more specific, Alex Poythress needs to take advantage of the mismatch. To start the game, Poythress will most likely be lined up in the 4-spot against Erik Murphy.
While Murphy has two inches on Poythress, the Kentucky freshman is quicker both with and without the ball and can guard Murphy inside and out. Offensively, Poythress has the ability to beat Murphy off the dribble from the perimeter and finish at the rim.
However, the major mismatch comes on a substitution. If Kentucky brings in Kyle Wiltjer for either Ryan Harrow, Julius Mays or Archie Goodwin, it slides Poythress to the 3. More importantly, it forces Florida coach Billy Donovan to make a decision. Either have one of his smaller guards in Rosario, Boynton or Wilbekin guard Poythress or bring in Casey Prather for one of his guards.
Either way that should be a win for Kentucky. Poythress has the quickness to stay with Rosario defensively, allowing Wiltjer to play outside.
If this happens, Kentucky absolutely must run its offense through Poythress in the post with Wiltjer and Mays on the outside, similar to the triangle offense.
This also requires Poythress to play like he did against Duke or Missouri, when he looked like the best player on the court for most of those two games. He needs to crash the boards while playing sound defense. This is the most important matchup if Kentucky wants to win.