The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats will travel to Gainesville, Florida to take on the Gators in hopes to stay undefeated.
The Kentucky Wildcats (22-0, 9-0 SEC) face the Gators in an SEC showdown in Gainesville, Florida Gators (12-10, 5-4 SEC)on Saturday, February 7. Tip is set for 9 p.m. and the game will be carried by ESPN. Kentucky is 22-0 and in pursuit of becoming college basketball’s first undefeated national champion since 1976 and the un-ranked Gators should not pose much of a threat to that record.
If Coach Billy Donovan’s Gators are not motivated to dominate every aspect of the game from the opening tip, Kentucky could get the sweet revenge the Wildcats have been salivating for since the Gators swept all three games against them last year, including a 84-65 walloping in Gainesville to seal UF’s perfect 18-0 SEC finish.
A Closer Look At the Kentucky at Florida SEC College Hoops Odds, My Final Score Prediction & TV Info
Matchup: (1) Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators
Date: Feb. 7, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Stadium: Stephen C. O’Connell Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Kentucky Vs Florida
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Kentucky Will Cover the Spread If
The best defense in college hoops locks down the Gators and converts turnovers to points.
Kentucky can be a scoring machine. There’s no doubt about that, but it’s real strength, the reason that so many college basketball fans believe that the Wildcats could go undefeated this season has to do with their awesome defense.
At 22-0, UK is the last remaining unbeaten team in the country, marking the FOURTH time in Coach Cal's career that he's led such a team.
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) February 5, 2015
Teams, on average, shoot only 32.9% from the field against Kentucky’s terrific defense. The Wildcats allow less than a 30% success rate from behind the three-point line and on average opponents score only 51 points per game. Only 4 teams have scored 60 points or more against Kentucky and the Wildcats won all 4 games: 89 to 65 versus Boston, 84 to 70 versus North Carolina, 89 to 86 versus Mississippi, and 70 to 64 versus Texas A&M.
If Kentucky plays great defense and converts turnovers to points, they should be able to cover the spread versus the Florida Gators.
Florida Will Cover the Spread If
They can keep it close until the final five minutes of the game.
Florida hasn’t been playing very well lately. The Gators are a terrible 2 and 4 straight up in their last 6 games. They’re 1 and 5 against the spread in their last 6 games. But, and it’s important to note going into this matchup against Kentucky, that the Gators were favored in all 6 of those contests.
— GatorVision (@GatorVisionTV) February 5, 2015
Florida is not a high-scoring team. They only average 66 points per matchup from only 44% shooting from the field. Because of that, they are going to have to be incredibly efficient with the basketball versus Kentucky. They will have to find open looks, probably three-pointers, and shoot much better than they usually do. The 33.6% from behind the arc has to be much better for Florida to keep it close until the final 5 minutes. At that point, the Gators will need to see if they can get some lucky breaks.