Kentucky basketball to play Florida game like it’s do or die

Kentucky Cheerleaders - photo by Tammie Brown |
Cheerleaders – photo by Tammie Brown |

It’s difficult to say which is bigger for the University of basketball team in its regular-season finale against 11th-ranked on Saturday, the stakes or the challenge.

Coach John Calipari, whose team is 3-3 without injured star Nerlens Noel, put it bluntly before Friday’s practice: “This is a one-game season.”

The Wildcats (20-10, 11-6 Southeastern Conference) are coming off consecutive clunkers on the road and must beat the Gators — or win next week’s league tournament — to have any security about making the Tournament. Florida (24-5, 14-3) has already clinched the regular-season title and clobbered by 17 points on Feb. 12 in Noel’s final game.

These are desperate times in Big Blue Nation. Time for desperate measures.

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