As the countdown clock to Zion Williamson’s decision ticks toward a conclusion, the announcement is still clouded in mystery.
Two weeks of momentum have cleared the way for Clemson to take a commanding lead in the 247 Crystal Ball. 88 percent of the picks are for Clemson, with the final 12 percent split between Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina. Most of the picks are for Clemson, but few of the predictions carry much confidence.
There are two slight developments Matt Jones learned today.
Kentucky was the only school who reportedly did not make an in-home visit this week. That was not the case. Coach Cal paid Zion a visit Sunday after the Vanderbilt game. The other surprise is from North Carolina. A team few talked about at all down the stretch, Roy Williams could pull off a surprise, comparable to what Bill Self did with Andrew Wiggins.
The dunking phenom will finally make his decision around 8:15 on ESPN2. If you are worried you will miss some of the Kentucky-Florida game on ESPN, fear not. The Worldwide Leader expects Williamson’s decision to be done prior to tip-off at Rupp Arena.
1 — John Calipari has lost to Florida only once at Rupp Arena.
2.3 — Blocks per game by Florida’s Kevarrius Hayes, the fourth-most in the SEC.
5 — Florida Gators that shoot better than 40 percent from behind the three-point line. Mike Okauru knocks down 46.5 percent and Keith Stone makes a startling 48.8 percent.
8 — How many spots Florida is ahead of Kentucky in the KenPom rankings. The Gators are ranked No. 26 and the Cats are No. 34.
9 — Games Florida has hit more than ten three-pointers. They’ve only played 18 games this season.
10.2 — Offensive rebounds Kentucky grabs a game. Florida gives up 8.1 a game. Without Egbunu in the Gators’ lineup, the Cats must take advantage of their length in the interior.
14 — Minutes Jarred Vanderbilt played in his debut. Calipari expects that number to increase after Kentucky spent most of the week scrimmaging to increase Vando’s conditioning.
18 — Tyler Herro turned 18 today. The shooting guard signee will be in the stands at Rupp Arena tonight, a day after he scored 44 points.
28 — Points KeVaughn Allen scored against Arkansas on Wednesday.
39.7 — Florida’s three-point shooting percentage is one of the best in the nation, No. 30 to be exact. Forty percent of the shots Florida takes are from behind the three-point line.
60.5 — The percent chance for a Kentucky victory according to ESPN’s BPI.
Tale of the Tape
The KSR crew is back in action to prepare you for a WILD Saturday night in the Big Blue Nation.
As soon as Kentucky tips-off against Florida in prime time, Zion Williamson will announce his college decision. Matt will have the latest on what he’s hearing about the commitment to prepare you for what will hopefully be a spectacular night for Kentucky basketball fans.
Turn your radio dial to 630 WLAP or listen here.
By Nick Roush on ©January 20th, 2018 @ 4:30pm
Only Duke and North Carolina have been featured more than Kentucky and Florida on College Gameday. It should stay that way because the Cats are thrashed almost every time the two meet with Gameday on campus.
Kentucky has played Florida seven times in College Gameday match-ups. Kentucky has only won once. To make it happen the Cats needed Willie Cauley-Stein to kill a guy, and they still only won by seven.
How is Kentucky so bad vs. the Gameday Gators? Most of the time Florida is just better. Excluding last year’s loss and 2014, when Florida won it was because they were favored to win. Some of it you could probably attribute to location. Half of the seven match-ups have been held at the O Dome in Gainesville. That’s where we get to the good news.
Kentucky’s record against the Gameday Gators is bad, but John Calipari’s record at Rupp against the Gators is 7-1. The only loss happened when Julius Randle’s 2014 team fell to a Final Four bound Florida team. You’ll never believe this — College Gameday was there for Calipari’s only loss to Florida at Rupp.
Kentucky’s unfortunate Gameday past with Florida should have no bearings on tonight’s game, but if they lose, it’s time to ban Gameday from Kentucky-Florida games until the end of time.