Ah, Valentine’s Day weekend. If you have a loved one, it can be a special time to spend with your significant other. Then again, if you are living a solo lifestyle, then it can be a constant reminder of how annoying the couples around you are. On top of that, you’re now two weeks removed from the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star Game is hit and miss with the talent that comes to play. Luckily, there are 15 NCAA mens basketball games on tap throughout the day on Saturday. The one we are really looking forward to is the SEC showdown #3 Florida vs #14 Kentucky.
When the season started, the Wildcats found themselves as the #1 team in the nation and were expected to follow up an otherwise disappointing 2013 campaign. However, Kentucky quickly lost in their third game of the season to then-#2 Michigan State. That loss was enough to impress the voters and put the Spartans ahead of the Wildcats in the rankings. Kentucky would then go on to win a few out of conference games; however one was closer than expected with a 68-61 win over Cleveland. Then just a few games later, they dropped their second game of the season against #20 Baylor, followed just two games later with another loss to #18 North Carolina. After that loss to North Carolina, the Wildcats dropped to #19 in the polls; the lowest they’ve been all season.
The Gators, on the other hand, have had a season that has fans in Gainesville hoping for their first National Championship in almost a decade. Their two losses on the season came against #20 Wisconsin and then #12 Connecticut. However, since that loss the Gators have reeled off 16-wins in a row. Along the way, they’ve crept their way up the polls and now sit as the #3 team in the land. However, in order to truly judge the Gators and where they are now, they’ll need a huge win over who some consider the kings of the SEC in Kentucky.
The Wildcats are led by Julius Randle, who leads the team with 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. And twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison lead the team while averaging 3.5 and 2.2, respectively. The Gators get a variety of input from multiple different players. Casey Prather puts in 15.3 points, Dorian Finney-Smith puts in 7.5 rebounds and Scottie Wilbekin dishes out 3.7 assists per game.
These two teams have met 128 times in history, with 94 victories going to the Wildcats and 34 to the Gators. Last year the Wildcats had a huge 61-57 on their home court over a #11 ranked Gators team. They’ll again be at Rupp Arena this Saturday.