The No. 7 Florida Gators asserted themselves as top team in the SEC with a 69-52 blowout win over the young No. 25 Kentucky Wildcats. This game was marred by a knee injury to Kentucky’s star freshman Nerlens Noel. The Wildcats were on a 5 game win streak that saw them ranked in the top 25 again for the first time in a few weeks, while Florida was looking for a win to push them into the discussion for a first seed in the NCAA tournament.
Kentucky is a good team that will do well in the NCAA tournament, but was no match for a team of Florida’s caliber. However, no one should count Kentucky out of national title contention just yet. Kentucky gets better game by game, and, as long as the Wildcats do not get a top team early in the tournament, will get better as each winning round of the tournament gives the young Wildcats confidence.
Florida once again proved that tough teams are no match for their talent. After a loss to Arkansas, you would think that the Gators would be cautious, but Florida showed no fear of this hyped up Kentucky team, with Patric Young rebounding extremely well. Florida is continuously proving that it deserves a 1 seed for the NCAA tournament by blowing out teams that many expect to put up a fight.
Kentucky may have lost the battle at the top of the SEC, essentially giving the Gators no competition for the regular season SEC title, but expect the Wildcats to only get better as the season heads towards March. If any team in the nation can rebound from a tough loss, it’s a team coached by John Calipari. The Wildcats will fight hard to go into the NCAA tournament on a high note, and Florida may have to see Kentucky again – this time with the SEC championship on the line.