College GameDay comes to Rupp Arena for #18 Kentucky vs Florida

01/20/2018 12:24 PM

John Calipari and Rece Davis at College GameDay for Kentucky vs Florida

For the 8th straight season, Rupp Arena was the setting for College GameDay — this time as the first game covered by the GameDay crew of the college basketball season. Everything considered, it’s a huge day for the Kentucky Men’s Basketball program. First, highly-touted recruit Zion Williamson makes his decision on where he’ll attend college at 8:15 pm. Kentucky has been seen as a favorite for the entire recruitment process but hasn’t been getting the buzz lately. Secondly, today’s game against Florida will set the stage for the rest of the season for the young Wildcats. A loss will likely knock the team out of the AP Top-25 for the first time in a while and put in question where they could land seed-wise in the NCAA Tournament. Finally, the toughness of this team has been questioned by not only Coach John Calipari but now ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg as well. It will be interesting to see how this team responds to the criticism.

As he always does, ESPN analyst Jay Williams did a jersey reveal for his pick and the former Duke Blue Devil donned a Jarred Vanderbilt jersey to announce he thinks the Wildcats will come away with the victory.

#18 Kentucky tips off against Florida at Rupp Arena, Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. eastern.

Here are some sights and sounds from College GameDay:

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