Location: Reed Arena – College Station, Texas [Capacity: 12,989]
Time: 6:30 p.m. EST
SiriusXM: 92/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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|FLORIDA GATORS||TEXAS A&M AGGIES|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Billy Kennedy|
|Record: 12-12 (5-6 SEC)||Record: 16-7 (7-4 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
Odds: Florida +2.5 | O/U 120.5
HISTORY, STATS AND STREAKS
» Florida is 4-1 all-time against Texas A&M, undefeated (3-0) under Donovan. This is the first season in which the Gators and Aggies will have a home-and-home series as a rotational SEC opponent.
» UF was 86-10 over the last three seasons when holding opponents under 71 points in a game; Florida is 11-8 this season when doing so.
» The Gators have double-digit losses for the first time since 2011-12. In the last 16 seasons, Donovan has only lost 10+ games six times (including 2014-15).
» Florida has put forward 11 different starting lineups in 24 regular-season games. Overall, 10 players have started at least one game for UF this season.
» The Gators learned to win close games last season, going 15-2 in contests decided by single digits; Florida is 5-9 in such affairs this season.
» UF is on pace for 16 wins in the regular season while looking for its 17th consecutive season with 20+ victories. Florida’s 16-straight campaigns with that many wins is the longest streak in the SEC and fifth-longest nationally. Only eight coaches have ever won 20+ games in 14+ consecutive seasons.
» With the NCAA Tournament seemingly out of the picture, UF still needs to play better just to make the NIT. No SEC team with fewer than 19 victories earned an NIT berth in 2013-14.
» Florida has registered a pair of three-game losing streaks in the same season for the first time since 2009-10. UF has not dropped four consecutive contests since the 2007-08 campaign.
» The Gators have a record of .500 or worse during the spring semester for the first time since 1997-98.
» Donovan will coach his 700th game on Saturday (Florida and Marshall combined). He is looking for win No. 499 with the Gators.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES
» Out (3): Junior guard Michael Frazier II (high-ankle sprain), sophomore center John Egbunu (transfer – season), freshman G Brandone Francis (academics – season)
NOTES AND QUOTES
» Donovan on Texas A&M: “One of the better teams in our league. Like us, coming off a tough home loss against Georgia. … They’re very well balanced; they have depth on the perimeter and they have depth up front. They’re older, and I think [Danuel] House in particular has really given them some explosive scoring on the perimeter.”