Florida hoping to halt recent skid against Kentucky

Billy Donovan - photo by Ed Reinke | AP
Billy Donovan – photo by Ed Reinke | AP

Since becoming ’s coach in 2009, has dominated Florida.  Calipari owns a 7-1 record against coach Billy Donovan. The Gators went 0-3 against the Wildcats last season as cruised to win a nation title.

“That’s really embarrassing to lose to a team three times in one year,” junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin said. “It’s always going to be in the back of our minds … but it’s a new year, and we’ve got things that we’re focused on this year. That’s to win [a Southeastern Conference] championship. In order to do that, we’ve got to beat them.”

When No. 7 Florida (19-3, 9-1 SEC) hosts No. 25 Kentucky (17-6, 8-2 SEC) at 7 p.m. in O’Connell Center, the Gators will face a Wildcats squad with new faces. Seven members of Calipari’s championship team bolted to the or graduated.

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