LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Hello from Rupp Arena, where No. 1 Kentucky will put its top ranking on the line against a Top 10 opponent. To which fans of other teams say: Finally.
The Wildcats (23-1, 9-0 SEC) have won 15 games in a row, but they haven't played a ranked opponent in 2012. Their last game against a team in the Top 25 came on Dec. 31 against Louisville. Since then, John Calipari's team has feasted on subpar SEC competition.
But not tonight. No. 7 Florida (19-4, 7-1) comes in on its own seven-game winning streak and is probably the most talented team Kentucky has faced since playing North Carolina in early December. The Gators just won an important league game at home against Vanderbilt on Saturday and can tie the Wildcats in the loss column in the SEC East standings with a win here.
Of course, leaving Rupp victorious is never easy, and Kentucky has never lost here under Calipari. Its current 48-game winning streak is the longest in the country. And I can tell you from experience that the crowd here always gets a little more jacked up when Billy Donovan and the Gators arrive.
So this should be a good one, and it should give us an indication whether the Wildcats deserve to be the No. 1 team in the land.
Much more to come ...