Florida Gators at Tennessee Volunteers Gameday

By Adam Silverstein
January 11, 2011

Location: Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, TN [Capacity: 21,678]
Time: 9:00 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN/ESPNHD
Online Video: ESPN3.com
Sirius/XM: None
Online Audio: Yahoo!
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

FLORIDA GATORS TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Bruce Pearl
Record: 12-3 (1-0) Record: 10-5 (0-1)
Division: SEC East Division: SEC East
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Odds: Tennessee -3.5; O/U: 136.5

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Tennessee leads the all-time series against Florida 69-49, is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and is 5-0 in the last five games played in Knoxville. However, UF won the last contest between the two teams 75-62 at home in Gainesville. Donovan is 13-15 against UT with a 4-10 record on the road.
» Struggling offensively most of the season the Gators have scored an average of 77.3 points per game over their last three games while shooting a hot 46.9 percent (23-for-49) from three-point range.
» Florida has out-rebounded 13 of 15 opponents this season – including in its three defeats – and is doing so by a +7.9 rebound per game advantage.
» UF is No. 1 in the NCAA in fewest personal fouls per game (13.6). They have made more free throws (199) than their opponents have attempted (197).
» The Gators and Volunteers each best each other in two of four major statistically categories nationally. Florida holds advantages in assists 74th-136th (14.9-13.7) and field goal percentage 60th-152nd (.466-.443), while Tennessee scores more points 72nd-149th (75.1-70.7) and grabs more boards 29th-73rd (39.9-38.1). The Gators rank 14th in RPI (.6449) and 8th in strength of schedule compared to the Volunteers being 22nd (.6152) and 3rd, respectively.
» Tennessee will be playing without Pearl manning the bench. The Volunteers’ head coach received an eight-game suspension due after findings revealed that he committed a substantial number of recruiting violations.

KEEP AN EYE ON…

» Junior point guard Erving Walker…who is leading his team in scoring with 14.3 points and leading the backcourt in field goal percentage (46.5%), free throw percentage (76.9%) and three-point percentage (44.9%). He has single-handedly accounted for 35 of Florida’s 86 treys this season. Walker became the 47th player in school history to score 1,000 points, accomplishing the feat during Saturday’s game.
» Senior forward Chandler Parsons…who back to averaging double-digit points (10.4) while leading the Gators with 6.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
» Redshirt senior center Vernon Macklin…who is shooting a team-high 58.1 percent this season with most of his buckets coming inside the paint. He averages 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds a game while being a major presence for Florida.
» Sophomore guard Kenny Boynton…who is arguably UF’s most talented player but has been marred in a slump this year. Boynton is only shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from beyond the arc. He is second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and hits 73.2 percent of his free throws. Boynton has had a four-point play in three-straight games. He is 4-for-4 on those opportunities this season and 6-of-6 for his career.
» Tennessee G Scotty Hopson and F Tobias Harris…who combine to score for 31.8 of their team’s 75.1 points per game. The duo also contributes by posting combined averages of 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
» Volunteers G Melvin Goins…who is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.9 points per game but is shooting almost 45 percent from downtown. Goins also contributes three rebounds and assists per contest.

9 Comments

  1. John S says:

    Come on Gators..we need to be physical, and fight.
    Hopefully we’ll get the bad Tennessee tonight, not looking forward
    to that “ugly orange”. Go Parsons and Go Gators

  2. Gatorgrad79 says:

    LOVE the XX “No Bruce Pearl”” photo – what a lowlife….

  3. Daniel M. says:

    Mad phtoshop skillz!

  4. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Let’s go Gators! I can’t stand the Vols!

  5. John S says:

    Great game gators. Beating Tennessee just gives me that nice warm feeling, good job fellas.

  6. Gatorbuc15 says:

    81-75! Gators baby!

  7. TonyM1449 says:

    Way to go Gators! Tennessee….it’s what’s for dinner!

  8. Ken says:

    shoulda won it in regulation, hate how bad we shoot free throws this year, but at least pulled off really big road win!

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