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No. 7 Kentucky could be playing for a share of the SEC title on Saturday when it travels to face Florida in the regular-season finale for both teams at 2 p.m. ET on CBS. There is little ambiguity about what’s at stake for Florida, however. As one of the “Last four in’ the projected NCAA Tournament field by CBS Sports Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm, the Gators are in line to benefit greatly from a victory.
If the Wildcats (24-5, 13-4 SEC) are going to share the conference crown, No. 5 Auburn would also have to lose against South Carolina on Saturday, and that game likely won’t be final until the second half of the Florida-Kentucky game is underway. Even if Auburn takes care of business, a win here is key for Kentucky.
UK has lost its last two games away from Rupp Arena and would enter the SEC Tournament just 3-3 over its last six games if it can’t handle the Gators. Kentucky easily won the first meeting 78-57 at home on Feb. 12, but it should expect a different Florida team in the rematch. UF has won three of its last four, including an upset of then-No. 1 Auburn on Feb. 19
That victory injected some life into the Gators’ hopes of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and another victory over one of the SEC’s top squads just two weeks later would likely give Florida a bit of bubble breathing room entering next week’s conference tournament.
Date: Saturday, March 5 | Time: 2 p.m. ET
Location: Exactech Arena — Gainesville, Florida
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.comCBS Sports App
Kentucky guards Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington played like their usual selves in a win over Ole Miss on Tuesday in their second game back after missing two games due to injury. That’s bad news for Florida, which is seeking a big win to solidify its NCAA Tournament chances. The Wildcats should complete a sweep of the Gators in a rematch that will be closer. Florida beat Auburn two weeks ago on this same court, but expecting another upset of that caliber from this teams feels like too much. Prediction: Kentucky 76, Florida 70
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