Yea,it is especially hard to win at Rupp when the home team shoots 20 more free throws than the visitors and the coach works the officials in the media before the game. that helps establish a home advantage whether you need it or not.
Kentucky is the top-ranked team in the country. They’ve lost just one game all season (by one point at Indiana). They’ve won 15 in a row overall. They’ve won 48 in a row at home.
Florida’s Kenny Boynton says the Gators aren’t awed by the Wildcats success:
“At the end of the day, they’re just another SEC team to us. No different than Tennessee or South Carolina. I think if we go out there and play the way we’ve been playing lately, I think we’ve got a great chance at winning.”
Perhaps. But it’s worth noting Florida lost at Tennessee when they played there.
The Gators shouldn’t be scared of going into Lexington to face Kentucky. Upsets happen and if anyone can steal one at Rupp it’s probably Florida. But UF’s players hopefully have at least some awareness of what the Cats are capable of on their home court.
The average score at Rupp this season: UK 83, Visitors 60.
As far as the matchup is concerned, the Wildcats are #1 in the league in scoring offense in SEC contests (71.9 ppg) and scoring defense (56.4 ppg). The Gators are #4 in both categories (69.7 ppg versus 61.0 ppg).
UK should hold an edge outside the arc (they’re second in 3-point field goal percentage while UF ranks 11th in 3-point field goal percentage defense) and on the glass (the Cats are third in rebounding margin while the Gators are eighth).
Here’s hoping for a fun one tonight at Rupp.