No. 6 Kentucky has clinched the regular season title and the tournament’s No. 1 seed, while No. 17 Auburn and LSU have also secured double byes with seeding to be determined for next week’s tournament in Nashville.
One seeding remains up for grabs, and Florida (19-11, 11-6) can claim it by beating visiting Kentucky in a nationally televised (CBS) rematch in Gainesville at 1 p.m. Saturday. UK leads the all-time series 103-41, with a 35-26 advantage in Gainesville. The Wildcats defeated the Gators 65-59 on Feb. 22 at Lexington behind a career-high 26 points from guard Immanuel Quickley.
The Gators are tied for second with Auburn and LSU and can earn the No. 2 seed with the tiebreaker in hand over both schools if they win.
Florida has won six of eight overall and seeks to avenge a 65-59 road loss to the Wildcats two weeks ago. Kentucky (24-6, 14-3) looks to regroup from blowing a 17-point, second-half lead in Tuesday’s 81-73 loss to Tennessee. Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee ended its 129-game winning streak the past 10 seasons when leading by double digits at halftime, according to ESPN Stats & Info.