Since becoming Kentucky’s coach in 2009, John Calipari has dominated Florida. Calipari owns a 7-1 record against Florida coach Billy Donovan. The Gators went 0-3 against the Wildcats last season as UK 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 NBA or graduated.