The Florida Gators have one last shot to do what 29 before them could not, beat John Calipari’s top-ranked & undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. The game tips on Saturday at 2:00 PM ET at the Rupp Arena in Lexington and will be broadcast live on ESPN and streamed on WatchESPN.com
Big Blue Nation never expects their beloved Wildcats lose against any opponent, but going undefeated is an achievement no one could predict even after soaring preseason expectations.
Florida coach Billy Donovan is hopeful to have the services guard Michael Frazier after suffering a high ankle sprain when Kentucky defeated the Gators on February 7. The Gators are 3-4 in the seven games that Frazier missed.
Analyzing The Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds, My Final Score Prediction & TV Schedule
Matchup: Florida Gators at (1) Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Mar. 7, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Stadium: Rupp Arena
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Florida Vs Kentucky
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Florida’s Projected Starting Lineup: Jon Horford (F), Jacob Kurtz (F), Eli Carter (G), Kasey Hill (G) Chris Chiozza (G).
Kentucky’s Projected Starting Lineup: Willie Cauley-Stein (F), Karl-Anthony Towns (F), Trey Lyles (F), Aaron Harrison (G), Andrew Harrison (G).
This will be the second matchup between these two programs and their last regular season matchup for both squads this season. The Wildcats squeaked by the Gators in their first meeting by a score of 68-61 on February 7th. Kentucky failed to cover the spread as 8-points favorites playing away from home.
"You cannot have fun if the other guy’s punching you in the eye," Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the win. "That is not fun. You have to be ready to punch before he punches you. If you’re getting licks in first, you’ll have a ball. It is fun! But if you come in that ring and all of a sudden your head is moving side to side and your chin, it ain’t fun."
The Gators have won three of the last four games against the Wildcat, covering the college basketball betting spread in all three of those games.
Florida is led by junior guard Michael Frazier II (13.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.65 APG) and junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith (13.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.5 APG). The Gators offense averages 64.4 points per game (254th in the nation), shooting 43.5% from the field, and recording 13.2 assists per game (128th). Florida’s defense allows 59.6 (25th) and records 33.5 rebounds per game (216th), allowing 40.8% from the field (84th).
Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison (11.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG) and freshman guard Devin Booker (11.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.3 APG) lead Kentucky. The Wildcats average 75.0 points per game (30th) while shooting 47.1% from the field (37th) and recording 15.3 assists per game (28th). Kentucky’s defense allows 53.2 points per game (3rd) and 34.4% from the field (2nd) while grabbing 38.9 RPG (19th).
Florida is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games, 2-6 SU in its last 8 games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
Kentucky is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Kentucky outscored Florida 17-9 off turnovers in their last matchup, including 11-2 in the second half.