Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: CSS/Cox Sports (Dave Baker, Bill Koss) [CSS Channel Finder]
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|No. 9/11 FLORIDA GATORS||GEORGIA BULLDOGS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Mark Fox|
|Record: 10-2 (0-0 SEC)||Record: 6-7 (0-0 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -19.5 | O/U OFF
Less than four hours before tip-off, Florida announced that senior forward Erik Murphy (fractured rib) will be active for Wednesday’s game after missing one contest with his injury. Murphy bruised his ribs against Air Force two games ago and suffered a fracture to the same area while practicing leading up to his homecoming contest against Yale on Sunday. He sat out that game and was deemed doubtful for Wednesday’s game but will now apparently be active and able to play.
According to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, the Gators are also dealing with another injury as junior F Will Yeguete hurt his knee. “[Florida] may not have Will Yeguete due to knee injury. Will be limited – if he is able to play,” he tweeted. The school announced 45 minutes prior to tip-off that Yeguete will be active for the game but that junior F Casey Prather has been inserted into the starting lineup.
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida is 106-97 all-time against Georgia and boast the most victories against this rival than any other team. The Gators hold a 23-8 record against the Bulldogs sine Donovan took over the program and are 13-2 in that span while playing in the O’Dome.
» UF is 15-3 over the last 18 games against UGA with 10-straight wins at home.
» Florida is 11-5 in SEC openers under Donovan and 14-2 in SEC home openers.
» Four of UF’s regular starters are averaging double figures.
» Florida has held six of its 12 opponents under 50 points but has given up 58 or more points in four of its last five games (3-2).
» UF is 35-3 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (10-2 in 2012-13).
» The Gators were just 3-5 against top-25 opponents last season with all five losses coming to top-three teams. UF is currently scheduled to take on seven top-25 opponents as part of the 2012-13 campaign and is already 1-1 in such games.
» Florida is fourth nationally in scoring defense (52.7), fifth in scoring margin (+20.6), 11th in field goal percentage defense (.368) and 19th in field goal percentage (.483).
» The Gators are 13th nationally in fouling, committing 14.3 per game, and 94th nationally in assists, dishing just 14.3 per game.
» Georgia is ranked extremely low in nearly every statistical category. The Bulldogs are listed 47th in field goal percentage defense (.386)
Read the rest of the Florida-Georgia preview with much more after the break!
LAST TIME OUT
Hoping to sweep Georgia last season, Florida put together one of its worst offensive performances of the year and shot just 36.7 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from downtown in a 76-62 loss in Athens, GA. UF never led and was run out of the building by a sub-.500 UGA team that hit 52.9 percent of its shots from the floor and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc. Bradley Beal posted a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds and led the Gators as one of three players that scored in double figures.
WHAT’S AT STAKE / PLAYER TO WATCH
After blowing out opponents in its first seven games, Florida has been on a bit of a downswing as of late, losing two of its last four contests to top-tier opponents in Arizona and up-and-comer in Kansas State. The Gators concluded their non-conference schedule with a dominant performance and will now look to begin SEC play with a similar thrashing against one of the league’s bottom-dwellers.
» Senior guard Kenny Boynton (#1), who on Sunday broke out of a massive slump in which he is 13-of-51 (.255) from the field and 4-of-32 (.125) from downtown over a five-game stretch, will undoubtedly be testing his shot after hitting a career-high eight threes and matching a career-high with 28 points in his last game. He has historically played well against Georgia, averaging nearly 20 points per meeting, and should continue seeing more action at off-guard as his point guard responsibilities are reduced slightly.
Though the Bulldogs are only 6-7 entering Wednesday night’s contest, they have gone up against two of the best teams in the country and played admirably well despite dropping both contests at home. Georgia fell 66-53 to then-No. 1 Indiana on Nov. 19 and lost by just four to then-No. 11 UCLA on Nov. 20. The Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak and are looking to continue it while boosting their season with a huge conference victory and their first over a ranked opponent since Feb. 25 (76-62 vs. UF).
» Sophomore G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (#1) is the Bulldogs’ do-everything player. He leads the team in minutes (33.5), points (17.5), rebounds (7.2) and steals (2.3) while shooting 33.3 percent from three and giving great effort on the defensive end. He is a tough match-up at 6’5” and 205 lbs. but will be the Gators’ focus as the team looks to limit his effectiveness and take Georgia out of the game early.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Boynton is in his fourth year as a starter for the Gators. He is quickly making his way up many of Florida’s all-time lists and is already first in school history in three-point field goals made (290) and attempted (835). He currently leads the SEC in career points (1,755) and three-pointers among active players.
1. Ronnie Williams – 2,090 points
4. Erving Walker – 1,777 points
5. Kenny Boynton – 1,755 points
1. Erving Walker – 4,358
4. Andrew Moten – 3,930
5. Ronnie Williams – 3,898
6. Kenny Boynton – 3,880
1. Andrew DeClerq – 128
3. Andrew Moten – 124
4. Kenny Boynton – 117
4. Eugene McDowell – 117
Field goal attempts
1. Stacey Poole – 1,578
2. Andrew Moten – 1,572
3. Kenny Boynton – 1,428
Boynton is also approaching the top 10 in games played (10 away), field goals made (one away) free throws made (27 away) and assists (45 away).