Kentucky Pre-Game Capsule

Inside is the pre-game capsule for the Florida Gator basketball team's upcoming game vs. the University of Kentucky.

Tip: 9 p.m.

Site: Rupp Arena (cap. 23,000)

TV: ESPN. Dan Schulman (play-by- play) and Dick Vitale (color)

Radio: Gator Radio Network. Mick Hubert and Mark Wise call the action and Steve Woodard pro-duces.

Coaches: Billy Donovan is 142-67 in his seventh season at Florida and 177-87 in his ninth year as a head coach. Tubby Smith is 272-108 in his fifth year at UK and 148-46 in his 11 seasons as a head coach.

Tickets: Sold Out.

THE SKINNY
The Gators picked up their 14th consecutive win after downing Arkansas 77-66 on
Saturday...The victory moved the Gators to 7-0 this season in conference play this season, the best start in school history...Florida's 14 straight wins is the second longest streak in the nation...Louisville has won 15 straight....Florida is off to its best start in program history with an 18-2 record...The Gators have won 115 games in the last four-plus years, which is the best total in the SEC...Florida owns a 42-21 record away from the O'Connell Center...The Gators have won 18 conference games on the road, tops in the league...UF has won three SEC road games this season...Tonight's contest is a fight for first place in the SEC East division...UF is a half-game ahead of Kentucky in the standings...Coach Donovan owns four wins against Kentucky in 10 games as the Gator head man after UF won just four times in 20 previous meetings...Donovan and Tubby Smith were on the same coaching staff with Rick Pitino at Kentucky...Smith was an assistant coach at UK in 1989-90 and served as associate head coach in 1990-91...Donovan joined the Kentucky staff in 1989-90 as a graduate assistant and spent five years under Pitino before starting his head coaching career at Marshall in 1994...Florida is appearing on the ESPN network for the fifth time this season...This is the second consecutive Super Tuesday match up for the Gators...UF is 18- 6 on Tuesdays under Donovan...Florida returns home Feb. 8 to host No. 23/21 Alabama...Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on CBS.

SCOUTING KENTUCKY
The Kentucky Wildcats enter tonight's game winners of 10 straight games, including a perfect 6-0 mark in SEC play...The Wildcats have won five straight games by double-figures, including an impressive 87-69 victory over South Carolina in their last outing...Kentucky is 6-1 at home this season with its lone loss coming against Michigan State Dec. 14...Senior Keith Bogans leads the way for the ‘Cats with a 16.7 scoring average and a team-high 58 assists (3.1 apg)...The Wildcats are shooting .487 from the floor overall, as three of five starters shoot better than 50.0 percent from the floor, while none shoot lower than 46.0 percent.

KENTUCKY PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
44 Chuck Hayes, Forward | 50 Marquis Estill, Forward | 14 Erik Daniels, Forward | 04 Gerald Fitch, Guard | 10 Keith Bogans, Guard

LAST MEETING
Kentucky 70, Florida 67    March 2, 2002    Lexington, Ky.
Cliff Hawkins' two free throws with 12 seconds to go sealed the win for the Wildcats on Senior Day...The Gators clinched a share of the SEC Eastern Division Title despite the loss...Brett Nelson scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting...Nelson canned five of his nine three-point attempts...Florida shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc for the second consecutive game...Florida shot 45 percent to Kentucky's 41 percent from the field, but the Wildcats out rebounded the Gators 37-31 and scored 24 points off 16 Florida turnovers...In a more telling statistic, UK's bench outscored Florida's 30-0.


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