The Kansas Jayhawks take on the Florida Gators at Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL at 7 pm ET. The game will be aired on ESPN.
Both teams are 6-2, and are coming off buzzer-beater losses on the road. The Jayhawks lost to then unranked Colorado when Askia Booker‘s last second three went in to break a 72-72 tie. The Gators lost to No. 9 Connecticut after Shabazz Napier got his own rebound, and nailed a jumper as time expired to give the Huskies a one point victory. Kansas and Florida slipped in the AP Top 25 after losing, and will be looking for a big win tonight against a ranked opponent.
The eight days of rest in between games for Florida was crucial because their two best guards will be back in action after sustaining ankle injuries. Scottie Wilbekin is averaging a team-best 5.7 assists per game along with 11.3 points per game. He is the heart of the Gators, and was sorely missed in the final minutes of the UConn game when he left after injuring his ankle. Kasey Hill has not played since November 18th, and will help ignite the offense with his 10.3 points and 4.3 assists per game.
Kansas and Florida match up well against each other. Jayhawk freshman Andrew Wiggins has been spectacular averaging 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest, but it is possible the relative inexperience of Kansas has been a factor in losing close games to Villanova and Colorado. Florida is led by senior forward Casey Prather (19.1 ppg), and the Gators are playing at home, giving them a slight edge. A Kansas win would get them back on track, but Florida will be fighting for a much needed win as well.