By LARRY VAUGHT
Revenge is not the reason that Kentucky wants to beat Florida Saturay.
“We just want to end the season off on the right note. We want to end the season off with a W (win) and go into this March (postseason) thinking about winning. That’s what it’s all about,” Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo said Friday.
Kentucky and Florida play at noon in Gainesville. The winner will be the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament and earn a double bye. The loser will need Arkansas to lose at Missouri to be the No. 4 seed in the tourney and get a double bye.
Florida won at Rupp Arena earlier this year when it appeared P.J. Washington was fouled on a potential game-tying shot but no foul was called.
“We’re not dwelling on the past. That’s one thing—once the game is over, we close that chapter and focus on the next one,” Diallo said. “So coming out today, we’re going to hope that we’re not in position for a last play like that to matter.”
What about the potential double bye?
“That’s really important, but it’s much more of us just focusing on what we need to do going into March and the momentum that we need going into March knowing that this is when the season really starts for us. We just need to focus on that and know this is just another big game for us.”