Kentucky and Florida have dominated a SEC in new years, yet their initial assembly this deteriorate is a bit muted compared to prior showdowns.
The top-ranked Wildcats demeanour to keep rolling Saturday night when they revisit a Gators, who competence need an dissapoint feat to deliver their NCAA contest hopes.
Neither group has finished worse than tied for second in a discussion any of a past 3 seasons. Kentucky (22-0, 9-0), 3 wins bashful of restraining a 1953-54 group for a best start in propagandize history, appears to be coasting to a third joining pretension underneath John Calipari. It has won 7 by an normal of 19.5 points given opening 2015 with an overtime feat over Ole Miss and a double-overtime shock during Texas AM.
This outlines a third time in 11 meetings one of a dual hasn’t been ranked, with Florida (12-10, 5-4) losing 4 of a final six. One some-more SEC detriment would transcend a Gators’ sum from a final dual seasons.
Though they’ve reached during slightest a NCAA informal finals in 4 true seasons, an unimpressive resume has them looking like they’ll skip out on a contest altogether for a initial time given 2008-09.
“Sometimes it takes going by a deteriorate like this to know how distant we have to go as a group and how distant they have to go as individuals,” manager Billy Donovan said.
Kentucky might be even some-more challenging if indicate ensure Andrew Harrison‘s unemployment is over. He scored a season-high 23 on 8-of-16 sharpened with 7 assists and one turnover in Tuesday’s 69-58 win over Georgia after sharpened 25.4 percent in his prior 12 games.
“We’re perplexing to get him to be some-more aggressive,” Calipari said. “There were a integrate of plays early in a diversion we said, ‘Quit pulling it out. If they chuck it to you, attack, make plays and make plays for your teammate.’
“… we suspicion he played with good energy. Assist-to-turnover, he played well.”
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 15 points and also had a season-high 13 rebounds after totaling 11 play over his final 5 games.
Kentucky’s invulnerability stays dominant, holding opponents to a Division I-leading 32.9 field-goal percentage.
The Wildcats have forsaken 4 of 5 meetings, and Florida’s three-game brush final deteriorate noted a initial opposite Kentucky given Tennessee won 3 meetings in 1979. Harrison shot 32.3 percent in a 2013-14 series, going 3 of 14 in an 84-65 highway detriment on Mar 8.
The Wildcats have forsaken 8 of 10 in Gainesville, yet 4 of those waste were opposite top-10 Gator teams. The dual Kentucky wins came when a Wildcats were also ranked No. 1 or No. 2.
“I don’t even consider that’s in anybody’s head, for real,” core Willie Cauley-Stein pronounced of final season’s blowout. ” … We’re not unequivocally personification opposite nobody else. We’re perplexing to contest opposite ourselves and do what a group goals are and stuff.”
Florida’s 44.0 field-goal commission and 66.0 points per diversion would be a lowest outlines in Billy Donovan’s 19-season tenure.
Dorian Finney-Smith has averaged 9.7 points on 37.7 percent sharpened in his final 6 games after formerly scoring a team-best 14.1 points per diversion on 50.7 percent shooting. He was hold to 4 points before fouling out in Tuesday’s 67-61 detriment during Vanderbilt. The Gators shot 36.8 percent, a third time in 5 games they’ve been hold underneath 40.
Florida has mislaid both a matchups with ranked teams, descending 75-64 opposite then-No. 5 North Carolina on Nov. 28 and 71-65 during then-No. 11 Kansas on Dec. 5.
The Gators have forsaken 9 true opposite top-5 teams given winning 6 of their prior seven.