Florida Gators Eyeing SEC Record for Single-Season Conference Wins

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 7, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC - MARCH 04: Casey Prather #24 and Will Yeguete #15 congratulate Michael Frazier II #20 of the Florida Gators near the end of their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena on March 4, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. Florida defeated South Carolina 72-46. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Florida Gators men's basketball team will head into Saturday's matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats with a chance to set an SEC record for conference wins in a season.  The Gators are 17-0 in SEC play and 28-2 overall, with Saturday's game in Gainesville the last on their regular-season slate.

In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Kentucky held a 31-28 halftime lead in Lexington before Florida stormed back with a huge second half to win by a score of 69-59. The Wildcats, ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll at the time, have since slipped to the No. 25 slot in the AP's most recent rankings.

The Gators, meanwhile, have simply continued their winning ways and still haven't lost since Dec. 2, when they fell 65-64 to the UConn Huskies.

With another victory Saturday, Florida would complete the SEC's fourth undefeated regular season since the 1950s, per the Orlando Sentinel.

The other three unblemished campaigns all belong to Kentucky, with the Wildcats accomplishing the feat in 1995-96, 2002-03 and 2011-12, when the SEC still played a 16-game schedule.

While those 16-0 seasons look awfully nice on paper, 18-0 will likely be the new SEC standard by the end of the weekend.