Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators (15-15, 8-9 SEC) will look to give John Calipari’s No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats (30-0, 17-0 SEC) squad a scare at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Saturday. However, if Kentucky can finish off the Gators on their home floor, they will climb to the top of the college basketball ladder, reaching a perfect 31-0 mark on the year. No Kentucky team in the school’s extraordinary history has ever gone undefeated in the regular season — yes, this would be the first time for this dominant program.
Let’s face it, the Gators will have to play out of their minds in order to have any chance of knocking off the mighty Wildcats. This Kentucky team boasts four players that are 6’10” or taller, and all of them should be considered athletic freaks. Most notably are freshman forward Karl Anthony-Towns, standing 6’11” and weighing in at 250-pounds, and junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein, the seven-footer with a 240-pound frame.
Cauley-Stein has recently appeared many times on SportsCenter’s Top 10 with eye-popping dunks and ferocious blocks, protecting the tin for the Cats. The kids these days would call his dunks sick, filthy or ill. For me, I just jump off of the couch when I see his high-flying acrobatics in motion.
In the backcourt, the Wildcats round out their ridiculously talented team with freshman guard Devon Booker as well as the Harrison twins. Aaron and Andrew, sophomore guards from Richmond, TX, both have the innate ability to drill jumpers at crucial times, and can both attack the rim with reckless abandoned.
So, I have mentioned five Kentucky players in my article thus far; however, these powerful Wildcats can go twelve players deep at any given time, wearing down their opponents with fresh legs throughout the length of any 40:00 contest.
The Gators are led by Michael Frazier II and Dorian Finney-Smith, averaging 13.2 and 13.1 points per game respectively.
Do not look for the Gators to have a puncher’s chance in Lexington come Saturday, and look for Kentucky to add another W to what will be a perfect 31-0 regular season. Can anyone keep the Wildcats from going 40-0 and winning a national championship?
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