The No. 7 Florida Gators are clearly the best team in the SEC. For just a second there, many people thought the No. 25 Kentucky Wildcats would challenge the Gators in the conference, entering tonight’s game one game back in the standings. Well, after a 69-52 victory by Florida, that was certainly not the case.
Once again, five Gators scored in double digits in the winning effort. Florida is now 20-3 overall and 10-1 in SEC play. This victory gives Billy Donovan’s team a two-game lead in the standings, which is a pretty huge margin considering that Florida has blown SEC opponents out of the water.
The Arkansas Razorbacks are the only team that beat the Gators in the conference. Give Arkansas all of the credit in the world, but that is not going to happen again. Florida will still have to play Missouri and Kentucky one more time this season, but the Gators blew out both teams at home. Those matchups will most likely be a little closer, considering that the Gators will be on the road, but don’t expect the result to be any different.
Whether the case, Kentucky was no match for Florida in tonight’s game, losing by 17 points. After five straight losses in the rivalry, you could only expect that the Gators would eventually win, especially since they have a way better team than the Wildcats this year.
Next up, the Gators will go on the road to play a not so good Auburn team. As for Kentucky, hopefully Nerlens Noel’s knee injury is not as bad as it looked because he is essential for his team’s success this season.