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Kentucky Wildcats (1) at Florida Gators (16): Open Game Thread

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Welcome to the official open game thread of the Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators basketball game today in the O'Connell center in Gainesville, Florida. Game particulars as follows, courtesy of UKAhtletics.com:

Kentucky @ Florida
Kentucky at Florida
Sun., Mar. 4 - 12:00 p.m. ET
Gainesville, Fla.
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Florida comes into this game having lost their last two in a row, and dropping this one at home would put them on a three-game losing streak, their longest of the season. It could also do further damage to their NCAA seed, which is currently projected at a 5 and dropping.

Kentucky, on the other hand, is going for a flawless SEC record for the year, something that teams have rarely done in any league. The Wildcats are coming off a home thumping of the Georgia Bulldogs, and no matter what the outcome of this game, are almost guaranteed a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament if not the #1 overall seed.

To finish this season undefeated, the Wildcats must:

  • Defend the three. The one and only way that Florida wins this game is if they make 10 or more threes.
  • Be patient on offense. The Gators would love to get Kentucky into a running game, and while the Wildcats are good at it, it helps the Gators more than the Wildcats because Florida will use the fast pace to get open looks from three.
  • Take care of the basketball. The Gators are a good ballhandling team, and UK does not want to give up extra possessions to Florida.
  • Defensive rebound. Kentucky is bigger and stronger, and should be able to dominate the glass like they did in Lexington.

This game doesn't mean much in the big picture, but I sure don't want to see the Wildcats drop a game to Florida. We have lost enough games to the Gators back last decade to last me for a lifetime, and if we never lose to them again it will be fine with me.

Go, 'Cats!