Great college basketball rivalries bring out the best in top-notch teams and the loudest in their diehard fans. When your school is playing its arch-nemesis, you know you’re guaranteed one of the biggest games of the season—and very likely one of the best.
One conference showdown that’s grown into a first-class rivalry is Florida’s pair of annual contests with the Kentucky Wildcats. Even in 2012-13, as Billy Donovan’s Gators were running away with the SEC, they couldn’t avoid a loss against struggling UK at Rupp Arena.
Read on for more on the SEC’s best annual showdown and the rest of the 25 most intense, most meaningful rivalries on the college hardwood.