The Charm City Gators will host a viewing party for the Florida vs. Kentucky game at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row (Locust Point right off of I-95). For ALL our Charm City Gators who come out and attend the game-watch party event this Saturday, we will be having 3 free drawings for “Turtle Bucks” good for use at the Green Turtle McHenry Row to be held pre-game, during half-time, and at post-game! Other items will be raffled off too! Come out an support the Gators for this HUGE top 25 matchup. ESPN College Gameday is even in Kentucky this weekend!
After extending their win streak to 15 games by edging past Alabama on Saturday, the No. 3 ranked Florida Gators hit the road this week for a pair of nationally televised games. UF first travels to Knoxville to take on Tennessee on Tuesday night (7:00 p.m. on ESPN) and then heads to Lexington for a date with Kentucky on Saturday night (9:00 p.m. on ESPN).
Florida (21-2, 10-0 SEC) survived a challenge from a pesky Alabama squad for the second time in a little over two weeks on Saturday for a 78-69 win at the O’Connell Center. The win keeps the Gators perfect in conference play and extends the team’s school-record home winning streak to 29 games. Five Gators scored in double figures with Scottie Wilbekin leading the charge with 16 points. The senior point guard also dished out three assists and grabbed four rebounds. On a day when the defense was a little off, UF shot 62.0% from the field to counteract the Tide’s Trevor Releford, who scored 25 points.
Tennessee (15-8, 6-3 SEC) routed South Carolina, 72-53, on Saturday to improve to 11-2 at home this season. Jordan McRae led all scorers with 24 points while Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon combined for 27 more for the Vols. McRae is fifth among scorers in the SEC this season, averaging 19.3 points per game (ppg), with the Gators’ Casey Prather sitting tenth (15.6 ppg).
UF handled the Vols earlier this season in Gainesville, earning a 67-41 win to snap a three-game losing streak in the series. With the win UF moved to 17-18 all-time versus Tennessee under Billy Donovan, but the Orange and Blue has posted just a 5-12 mark in Knoxville under the head man.
Kentucky (18-5, 8-2) enters the week at No. 14 in the AP Top 25 after claiming a ten-point win at Mississippi State over the weekend, 69-59. The Wildcats travel to Auburn on Wednesday night before welcoming the Gators to Rupp Arena. Freshman forward Julius Randle leads UK in scoring at 16.0 ppg, and ranks ninth in the SEC. The Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, have contributed to Kentucky’s success as both are averaging in double-digits for scoring.
Saturday’s matchup will be the first of the season between Florida and Kentucky. Last season the Gators and Wildcats split the two regular season meetings with each winning on their home court.