Good morning, BBN!
The rematch is finally here. The Cats are taking on the Gators for the second time this season.
The first matchup kicked off conference play for both teams, and it was a thriller all the way to the end. The Cats squeaked by on the road 87-85.
Reed Sheppard hit some clutch free throws to seal the game, something we’ve seen a couple of times since then as well.
It was a very physical game the first time around, and I expect the same kind of physicality this time around. Florida has a lot of talent and a lot of height on their team, which makes it hard for other teams to defend.
What’s different this time around is that the Cats have added Big Z to the rotation, and Ugonna Onyenso is getting more minutes as he makes a bigger impact.
Speaking of Ugo, he was the unsung hero in the first matchup since Aaron Bradshaw was in foul trouble until he stepped up in the closing minutes. Onyenso made a huge difference, and you can expect him to do that again during this matchup.
Kentucky will also have Adou Thiero for this round after he missed the first matchup. His return was a big boost for Kentucky’s defensive and rebounding efforts.
The biggest thing the Cats need to continue focusing on is their defense. The offense will get its groove back, but the defense has to improve for this team to make any kind of run.
They had their best effort against a poor Arkansas offense. Let’s see if they can do it against a better Florida team.
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