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BOZICH | Five Quick Thoughts on Kentucky vs. Florida, Round Three

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDRB) – Here's something new for this flawless Kentucky basketball team to consider as post-season play begins:

Round three with an opponent. The Wildcats (31-0) have yet to beat anybody three times.

The Wildcats will begin play in the 2015 Southeastern Conference Tournament at Bridgestone Arena Friday at 1 p.m. (EDT) when they meet Florida. The Gators defeated Alabama, 69-61, Thursday afternoon in downtown Nashville. Florida improved to 16-16 with the victory.

A year after playing in the Final Four, the Gators must win the SEC Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Ken Pomeroy's computer formula projects a 13-point (66-53) Kentucky win, putting the Wildcats' win probability at 92 percent.

Five quick facts on the UK-Florida rematch:

1. Kentucky beat the Gators by an average of a dozen points in their two games, winning by seven in Gainesville Feb. 7 and by 17 last Saturday in Rupp Arena. The Gators led by nine midway through the first half at Florida and by four six minutes into the first half of the second game.

2. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith was Florida's most productive player against UK, averaging 14 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kasey Hill, the Gators' sophomore guard, averaged 13.5 points in the two defeats.

3. Florida did not have an answer for UK center Karl-Anthony Towns. He averaged 16 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4 blocks against Kentucky. Aaron Harrison scored 23 of his 32 points in the first game between the schools.

4. Florida had two of the best three-point shooting games an SEC opponent has delivered against Kentucky, making 11 of 32 threes against the Wildcats. Only two SEC opponents (Ole Miss and Auburn) shot a higher-percentage in a game than the 5 for 11 Florida made last Saturday.

5. The Wildcats have won two straight against Billy Donovan's team, but prior to this season Florida had won three of four games against Kentucky, including a 61-60 victory in the championship game of the 2014 SEC Tournament in Atlanta.

The Wildcats have won six of nine against the Gators since the SEC Tournament resumed in 1979.

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