Florida Gators basketball has run up a 6-2 record in its last eight games, including a victory at home over a top-25 opponent. But can the Gators measure up an improving Alabama Crimson Tide team?
Florida is looking to prove it should be a no-brainer for the NCAA Tournament, and a win over Alabama would help prove it is one of the best in the Southeastern Conference.
Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Alabama.
Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter
Tale of the tape
|Florida Gators||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|Head Coach: Mike White||Head Coach: Avery Johnson|
|Record: 16-8 (7-4 SEC)||Record: 14-9 (5-6 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
Spread: Florida -10 | O/U: OFF
Florida has been shooting better as of late, and against one of the lowest-scoring teams in the nation, the Gators’ ability to run tempo and put the ball in the basket should give them the edge over the Crimson Tide.
Still, while UF is much improved as a team after the last few weeks, things are far from perfect for the hosts on Saturday.
UA has taken down two teams that Florida has suffered losses to this season, including No. 15 Texas A&M earlier in the week, as it has won four in its last five games.
While the Gators are likely to take down the Tide, there’s not much reason to give Florida a double-digit margin over any team that offers close to its talent level. In fact, the line should be much closer to seven if you want to take UF.
With all that said, let’s take the Gators to win but the Tide to cover.
ATS picks: 6-2 | O/U picks: 5-3
Injuries and absences
» Out: F Alex Murphy (foot)
» Though Alabama owns the all-time series against Florida with a 73-66 record, the Gators have won 11 straight games in the series. Florida has separately won 10 consecutive games against Alabama in the O’Dome.
» Former UF head basketball coach Billy Donovan never lost to ex-UA coach Anthony Grant. Now both teams enter Saturday’s game with first-year coaches.
» The Gators have put forward seven different starting lineups in 23 games this season.
» Florida is 14-2 when scoring 70+ points this season and 6-5 when allowing 70+ points.
» UF is 9-2 when playing on Friday or Saturday this season, 7-6 on all other days (none played on Thursday).
» The Gators are 1-5 against AP Top 25 opponents this season.
» Florida has already matched its win total from last season with seven regular-season – and potentially additional postseason – games to go.