UK Hoops Begins SEC Play against Florida
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The sixth-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team opens its 32nd season of Southeastern Conference basketball when it plays host to the Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 3 in Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. EST.
The game will be televised live on SportSouth, FS Southwest, Sun Sports and Fox Sports South. It also will be available on ESPN3 and the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price.
Fans can follow the UK Hoops team on Twitter at @UKHoopCats and use #UKHoops to comment on the game.
Single-game reserved tickets cost of $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. UK faculty, staff and children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area, while supplies last.
Kentucky (12-1), the reigning SEC champions, was picked to win the title again this season by the coaches and media in the preseason polls. Florida (11-3) was picked to finish eighth and ninth, respectively by the league coaches and media, and has been a tough opponent for the Wildcats over the last few years. The Cats own a five-game winning streak overall and a four-game winning streak vs. the Gators in Lexington, but UK’s last four wins have been by a combined 13 points and an average win margin of +3.25. UK won last year’s match up in Lexington, 57-52. This marks the first time UK has opened league action at home since 2008. The Wildcats also met Florida last season in their SEC opener, escaping with a 59-56 win in Gainesville, Fla.
“We are really looking forward to starting the conference play,” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “I just think it’s a real honor and privilege to be able to compete in the Southeastern Conference. We have a lot of respect for this conference being members of it and I just think over the course of time historically it’s just the toughest conference in the country. We’re excited to be a part of that and to start conference play. We’ll have a very difficult and tough opponent in Florida. We have a great amount of respect for Florida. It’s always a tough game with them. They’re always well coached and well prepared and very physical. We have had some really, really tough battles with them over the last few years, particularly last year. We’ll have to be ready to go, have to be sharp, focused and aggressive to have success against them and we’ll have to work hard to earn a victory.”
The Wildcats are currently riding a school-record tying 11-game winning streak and a 29-game home winning streak after a 78-56 win over Marist in their regular season non-conference finale on Sunday.