The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and TV schedule reflects an SEC powerhouse matchup that could have important seeding implications when it comes to the tournament in March. Tonight's game featuring the Florida Gators at the Kentucky Wildcats features two of the Top 25 teams in the land, both vying for an ever-important win. For Kentucky, it could be a huge upset, should they be able to disrupt the current win streak of the impressive No. 3 Gators. The latest TV and live stream NCAA basketball game on the schedule arrives courtesy of ESPN sources.
On Feb. 14, ESPN.com reported that the Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari is hoping his No. 14-ranked squad can cut down on the mistakes that have allowed opponents to stay in games. Kentucky is currently riding a four-game win streak, but a victory over Florida would be an impressive feat for an impressive team full of potential basketball superstars. Coach Calipari said with regards to the matchup:
"This game will tell us where we are. I would imagine they (the Gators) are coming in not to just win, they want to smash. We're going to find out. There have been games where the other team came in excited and we weren't able to withstand the beginning of the game and got down so far early that even though the rest of the game we won, we didn't win by enough....
They know it's a hard game, they know what we're up against. This team could be the No. 1 team in the country and they've got (four) seniors."
While the Gators boast four seniors and are among the top 3 teams in the nation, Kentucky originally started out at the top of the rankings based on the perceived talent of their young players. That includes a potential NBA draft pick, Julius Randle, who leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points a game, and rebounds with 9.9 points per game. Freshman Andrew Harrison leads the team in assists (3.5) and steals (1.1) to help out with a team that ranks 33rd in points per game, 59th in field goal percentage and 7th overall in rebounds.
Florida realizes this game is just as important to their future as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They'll play Kentucky yet again in several weeks, although it will be in Gainesville. Tonight's game could set the tone for their future matchups, including any potential meeting in the post-season conference tournament. Florida center Patric Young said with regards to this matchup:
"To get a win and stay in first place in the SEC is just enough motivation for us to go in there and get it done. Since we're not playing anyone out of conference, they are probably are the best team we'll play, so this is going to be a battle for sure."
Due to having homecourt advantage tonight, Kentucky enters this game as favorites of 2 1/2 points at several sports books, after first opening as 3-point favorites. The over/under for tonight's game is set at around 142 points at various books. There are no notable injuries listed as of this report.
Saturday night's Florida vs. Kentucky NCAA basketball game has a scheduled start time of 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised on cable and satellite TV via ESPN in standard and hi-definition formats. In addition, select cable and satellite companies provide live streaming online feeds through WatchESPN for their customers to watch. See more info here about which companies participate as well as any regional or device restrictions for tonight's game.