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Kentucky at Florida game glance

The Cats will open up SEC play on Saturday in Gainesville.

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After what was an exhilarating first two months of the season, the calendar now flips to the new year signaling the Kentucky Wildcats are ready to begin conference play.

Even with an inexplicable home loss to UNCW on the record, UK remains in the top 10 in the country and, without a doubt, a group of talent that no opposing team wants to see in postseason play.

John Calipari has flexed his muscles up to this point and is steadily making a fool of anyone who said the game had passed him by.

Led by Antonio Reeves, 19 points per game, the Cats are averaging a jaw-dropping 91 points as a unit. In their last two games, they’ve scored 95 points or more.

The days of laboring for a bucket are long, long gone. The UK has a plethora of scoring options. Their offense is seemingly just getting more potent with each passing day.

This team has been a complete joy to watch, and the stats are all there to back up what your eyes see.

The SEC gauntlet is sure to present some physical and mental challenges for a team littered with young talent. You can expect opposition arenas to be even more raucous than normal when Kentucky comes to town this year, and the circus begins this week.

Kentucky will travel to take on the Florida Gators on Saturday, January 6th, on ESPN at 12:30 pm ET.

UF will open conference play on a six-game win streak and an overall record of 10-3.

They’ve only played one ranked team to this point, Baylor, who beat them by a slim four-point margin during Thanksgiving week.

The Gators are led in scoring by Iona transfer Walter Clayton Jr. who’s averaging 15.2 points, 3.8 boards, and 3.3 assists per game.

Florida’s best big man is 6-foot-10 Tyrese Samuel, a transfer from Seton Hall averaging 14.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.

The Gators have three other players averaging double figures in Zyon Pullin (14.1 ppg), Will Richard (11.8 ppg), and Riley Kugel (11.5 ppg).

After beating Quinnipiac 97-72 on Saturday, second-year head coach Todd Golden spoke with reporters about their next opponent.

“We have a full week to prepare for Kentucky, but I think we’re about as ready as we can be,”

UK is likely to take their normal approach of focusing on themselves, and in this case, executing in what is sure to be a hostile road environment.

Game: Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators

Location: Gainesville, Florida Exactech Arena

Time: 12:30 ET on January 6th

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Online Stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Radio: UK Sports Network

Replay: WatchESPN and SEC Network (check local listings).

Odds: There is no official spread yet, but KenPom gives the Cats a narrow 52% chance of winning, while ESPN BPI gives the Gators a 61.8% chance of victory.

Early Predictions: KenPom projects this one to be a thriller with the Cats winning 86-85. EvanMiya has it as a virtual toss-up, projecting Kentucky to win 83.9-83.8.