The #1 seeded Kentucky Wildcats play the #4 seeded Florida Gators today in New Orleans Arena at 1pm eastern on ABC.
The announcers for today’s game are Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes and the sideline reporter is Shannon Spake.
Kentucky is favored by 7.5 points.[I]Here is the background information for today’s contest:[/I]
Under head coach Billy Donovan, Florida is 21-12 in SEC Tournament action and scored all three tournament championships in school history. Florida is tied with Kentucky for most SEC Tournament wins (16) and most SEC Tournament championships (three) since 2004.
UK has faced Florida nine times previously as the No. 1 (AP) team. The Wildcats are 9-0 in those games, with the last meeting coming last Sunday. The Wildcats are 2-0 against the Gators at neutral sites as the top-ranked team. The last meeting came in the 1996 SEC Tournament in New Orleans.
Kentucky leads the all-time series, 92-33. The Gators are 13-22 vs. the Wildcats under Donovan. Florida is 3-11 all-time vs. Kentucky in the SEC Tournament, including 1-2 under Donovan. All three previous conference tournament meetings in the Donovan Era have been in the championship game.
UF holds a 2-2 record in SEC Tournament action in New Orleans, going 1-1 in 1996 and 0-1 in 2003 (all at the Louisiana Superdome) and 1-0 this year.
UK is in its ninth week this season, and seventh straight in its second go-around, as the No. 1
ranked team nationally. The seven-week stretch is UK’s longest stretch at No. 1 since the 1978 team spent 10-straight weeks at No. 1.
F 3[B] Terrence Jones[/B] 12.4 6.8 1.9^
• Tallied double-double vs. LSU
F 14[B] Michael Kidd-Gilchrist[/B] 12.1 7.8 2.1
• Has six double-doubles this season
G 20 [B]Doron Lamb[/B] 13.2 2.9 1.7
• Shooting 50.8 pct. from 3-pt range in SEC play
F 23 [B]Anthony Davis [/B]14.3 10.0 4.8^
• Leads nation in blocks; Second in fg pct. (.658)
G 25 [B]Marquis Teague[/B] 9.6 2.5 4.7
• Assist to turnover ratio 2.2 in last 14 games [I][B]Florida Gators[/B][/I] P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
G 1 [B]Kenny Boynton[/B] 16.7 2.4 2.5
• Leads team in scoring and 3s made (105)
C 4 [B]Patric Young[/B] 10.3 6.5 0.9^
• Shooting 61.0 pct. from the ield
G 11 [B]Erving Walker [/B]12.3 2.9 4.7
• Shooting 81.3 pct. from the free throw line
G 23 [B]Bradley Beal [/B]14.5 6.5 1.4~
• Team leader in rebounds and steals
F 33 [B]Erik Murphy[/B] 10.2 4.2 1.1^
• Team leader in blocks
*-Based on previous game’s starters; ^-blocks; ~-steal