Gameday: Florida Gators at LSU Tigers

By Adam Silverstein
February 21, 2015

Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center – Baton Rouge, Louisiana [Capacity: 13,215]
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Clark Kellogg)
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SiriusXM: 119/191 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

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FLORIDA GATORS LSU TIGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Johnny Jones
Record: 13-13 (6-7 SEC) Record: 18-8 (7-6 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern

Odds: Florida +4


HISTORY, STATS AND STREAKS

» LSU is 61-43 all-time against Florida, though the Gators hold a 14-9 advantage over the Tigers under Donovan. LSU routed Florida 79-61 at home on Jan. 20, ending the Gators’ 20-game SEC home winning streak, which dated back to Jan. 9, 2013.
» UF has not lost consecutive games to LSU since 2008-09. The Tigers have not swept the Gators in the regular season since the last time the teams played a home-and-home series in the same campaign, 1991.
» Florida recently avoided its first five-game losing streak since 1997-98, but the Gators are 3-7 in their last 10 games with losing streaks of three and four games during that extended stretch.
» UF was 86-10 over the last three seasons when holding opponents under 71 points in a game; Florida is 12-9 this season when doing so.
» The Gators are scoring 64.8 points per game, the third-lowest average in program history (since the statistic was tracked) and worst since 1950-51 (62.7).
» Florida is shooting .437 from the field, its worst mark since 1995-96 (.426) and the second-lowest in program history.
» The Gators are hitting at a .654 clip from the free throw line, their worst average since 1992-93 (.635).
» UF is shooting the three at a rate (.325) that is its fourth-worst in the 29 years the shot has been part of the game, it’s lowest such mark since 2009-10 (.313).
» 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 13 different starting lineups in 26 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 6-10 in such affairs this season, 2-6 in games that have come down to two points or fewer.
» UF is on pace for 15.5 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.
» The Gators have a record of .500 or worse during the spring semester for the first time since 1997-98.
» Donovan will coach his 702st game on Saturday (Florida and Marshall combined). He is looking for win No. 500 with the Gators.

INJURIES AND ABSENCES

» Out (5): Redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith (suspension), junior guard Michael Frazier II (high-ankle sprain), junior F DeVon Walker (ACL), sophomore center John Egbunu (transfer – season), freshman G Brandone Francis (academics – season)

NOTES AND QUOTES

» Donovan on Florida’s rough season: “I don’t think anybody stays on top forever, and I don’t think anybody necessarily stays on the bottom forever – there’s just these things that you go through as a program. Is it alarming to me? Yes. It’s alarming just from the standpoint of what have we learned and how are we going to grow and get better from this? I don’t have those answers yet. I’m coaching the team, and I’m responsible for the team. I have not been able to do a good enough job, been able to get through to them – or whatever tactics I’ve tried to use to expose the things we’ve got to get better at – I’ve been unable to get them to do those things.

“Talking about the outlook long-term, those things are going to have to change for us to get to a point of consistently playing well. Right now, I feel in a lot of ways I have been unable to help them in a lot of those areas. For me, as a coach, I get disappointed in myself because I couldn’t be of more help. It’s not necessarily from a lack of trying. It’s not like we have bad kids that don’t listen, but for whatever reason, we have not — and I have not — been able to get them to do those things on a consistent basis. At times for me, I feel like I’ve let them down in some ways and that bothers me.”

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