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Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats: SEC Tournament Quarterfinal Live Game Thread

For the third time this year, the Wildcats and Gators tangle.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Kentucky Wildcats versus the Florida Gators in Game 7 of the 2015 SEC Tournament. This game is brought to you by the number six, which is the number of times the Wildcats and Gators have gotten together for the last two consecutive seasons combined.

Game particulars

Date/time: 1:00 PM Friday, March 13th
Place Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
TV: SEC Network
Radio: UK Sports Network
Streaming: Live video via SEC Network
Audio: Live audio
Other: Live stats

Essentials for victory

  • Transition offense — Florida is a poor transition defensive team, and Kentucky needs to take advantage of that whenever possible.

  • Take care of the ball — In the game last Saturday, the only reason the Gators were in it at halftime were the high turnovers. If Kentucky takes care of the ball, it's hard to see how Florida scores enough points to win.

  • Attack the rim — in the last game, the Wildcats did a great job of getting to the line, especially in the second half.

  • Get the ball inside — Florida is smallish and thin on the interior, and Kentucky has a big advantage there. The more they get it into the post, the better their chance of winning.

  • Take the Gators seriously — It's hard to beat teams three times in a season, and Florida is a proud team who has talent and has been competitive with Kentucky in both prior meetings. Kentucky needs to respect that and play as hard as they can.

Even though this game means absolutely nothing to Kentucky except for extending their historic winning streak, it would be nice to pay back the Gators for sweeping us last season. Kentucky is going to be the NCAA Tournament #1 seed, win or lose, so this contest has no implications for their 9th NCAA Tournament title.

But it does have implications regarding how their heads are, and how well they are likely to play. A listless Kentucky in this game would be a bad sign to me, a sign that they have grown tired of endless victories and complacent. Let's hope we see none of that.

Go, 'Cats!