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Young calls out Kentucky

GAINESVILLE -- Florida and Kentucky -- the Southeastern Conference’s top two men's basketball programs over the past several seasons -- have alternated league championships since 2010.

Most expect the 2013-14 campaign to be another tightly contested race between the Gators and Wildcats.

While Florida bolsters an experienced and (potentially) deep squad, Kentucky is again built on the talents of six McDonald’s All-American freshmen.

The Wildcats are the preseason top-ranked team in the country, the league favorite and posses the media’s pick for the conference player of the year (freshman forward Julius Randle).

But Florida's senior center Patric Young -- speaking to reporters at the SEC’s annual Media Days in Birmingham, Al. -- isn’t amused with all the early hype surrounding Kentucky’s talented freshmen.

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(Patric Young | media.miamiherald.com)

“I hope they think they can just walk on the court and they’re going to beat everybody,” said Young, according to the Associated Press. “I hope that’s what they think. As soon as they play a real top team, they’re going to see it’s not just a walk in the park. One-and-done is not for everybody.”

INJURY UPDATES

Florida received some positive news Thursday when transfer guard Eli Carter (fibula) and senior forward Will Yeguete (knee) were cleared for limited practice, according to Gatorzone.com.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Michael Frazier was tested for mononucleosis, but the results came back negative.

Also, transfer center Damontre Harris continues to battle a hamstring injury, while sophomore guard Dillon Graham left Thursday’s practice after rolling his ankle. 

THIS & THAT

Florida opens the 2013-14 season ranked No. 8 in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll, released Thursday. … Young, a two-time SEC scholar athlete of the year, told the Gainesville Sun he is eying a three-peat. UF’s senior center is a telecommunications major. 

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