After seeing its mini two-game win streak come to an end at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, the Florida Gators return home to the friendly confines of the O’Dome on Saturday when they look for an upset of unbeaten and top-ranked Kentucky. College Gameday will air live from the O’Dome on Saturday morning (11:00 a.m., ESPN) before the Gators and Wildcats take the court for a primetime matchup at 9:00 p.m. (ESPN). The Baltimore Gator Club will host a watch party at The Greene Turtle at McHenry Row for the game only, with raffle opportunities available. So come on out in your best Orange and Blue and watch with us as the Gators try to knock off rival Kentucky.
Florida (12-10, 5-4 SEC) fell behind 15-0 in the first half against Vanderbilt and never recovered, dropping a 67-61 decision to the Commodores in Nashville on Tuesday. Junior guard Michael Frazier II poured in 21 points to lead all scorers in the game, connecting on 4-of-6 three-pointers and knocking down all five of his free throws. Vanderbilt countered with a balanced attack with four Commodores reaching double figures and used the free throw line effectively, draining 29 shots at the charity stripe.
Frazier has heated up in conference play for the Gators and now leads the squad with his 13.4 point per game average. The junior is making 43.5% of his three-pointers in SEC play. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith has also been key for UF, contributing 12.8 ppg. and 5.7 rebounds per contest this season.
No. 1 Kentucky (22-0, 9-0 SEC) held off Georgia at home on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena, 69-58, to remain unbeaten on the year. Sophomore guard Andrew Harrison paced the Wildcats with 23 points while Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 15 points while grabbing 13 rebounds for the double-double.
The Gators are 11-7 against Kentucky at the O’Connell Center under Billy Donovan but trail the Wildcats 33-24 in games played in Gainesville. Florida has two wins all-time versus the No. 1-ranked team in the country, both of which have come during NCAA Tournament play.