Kentucky Wildcats Face Tough Task Ahead Against Florida Gators

By Corey Righter
Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

As Kentucky prepares for Florida in its final game of the regular season, there is a lot of uncertainty in the air. Since John Calipari arrived in Kentucky in 2009, the theme of “one and done” came with him. With that theme the turnover rate at Kentucky came with a price. With guys like John Wall and Anthony Davis leaving early, the team had to hit the restart button at the beginning of each season.

Now that whole “one and done” mantra is catching up to them. Unlike years past, the Wildcats have not been able  to mesh and coexist with one another. With just one game left, Calipari and the Wildcats find themselves in an unfamiliar place. In years past they were so far ahead of their conference, they didn’t need to worry about winning their conference tourney at the end of the season. This year they just might need to win out just to guarantee a spot in March Madness.

The last time Kentucky faced Florida, they were beaten on the road by 17 points and also lost Nerlens Noel to a season ending knee injury. This time around the stakes are even higher this late in the season. Florida holds their conference opponents to a FG average of just 37.6 percent. The one thing Florida has in common with Kentucky is there inability to win on the road. All of Florida’s losses have come away from home court. Eight of Kentucky’s 10 losses have also come on the road.

The two key players that Kentucky needs to keep under wraps are Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario. This duo has been phenomenal all year as they have accounted for 34 percent of the Gators points this season.

It is no secret across all of NCAA basketball that home court advantage is no joke and it allows teams to compete with teams that normally would dominate them away from home. With one more loss, Kentucky will have as many losses this season as they have in the past two years combined.

Kentucky takes on Florida at 12 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY on CBS.


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