SEC Tournament – Gameday: Florida vs. Ole Miss

By Adam Silverstein
March 16, 2013

Location: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN [Capacity: 18,160]
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

TV: ABC/ABCHD (Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, Shannon Spake)
SiriusXM: 126/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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(1) FLORIDA GATORS (3) OLE MISS REBELS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Record: 26-6 (14-4 SEC) Record: 25-8 (12-6 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -10.5 | O/U 135

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida is looking to win its fourth SEC Tournament, first since completing a three-peat in the event from 2005-07. The Gators are 38-44 all-time in the SEC Tournament (23-13 under Donovan) in 47 total appearances.
» UF enters the SEC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed for the fourth time in school history. The team has never failed to reach the finals when listed as the top seed.
» The Gators are 7-4 all-time in SEC Tournament games held played in Nashville, TN.
» Florida leads the all-time series against Ole Miss 61-42, boasting a 14-6 mark since Donovan took over the program including five-straight victories (11 of the last 12).
» UF is 51-6 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (25-5 in 2012-13).
» The Gators have four starters that average in double figures while the Rebels have just two players that score in double digits on average.
» UF is 4-1 against top-25 opponents this season after going 3-5 against ranked adversaries last season with all five losses coming to top-three teams.
» Florida is 0-5 this season in single-digit decisions.
» The Gators are first nationally in scoring margin (+18.8), third in scoring defense (53.2), third in field goal defense (.373), ninth in field goal percentage (.485), 11th in three-point defense (.291), 19th in assist-turnover ratio (1.36) and 24th in turnover margin (3.1). Florida is also seventh nationally in fouling, committing 14.2 per game.
» The Rebels are ranked ninth nationally in turnover margin (4.3), 17th in blocks (5.4) and 22nd in scoring margin (+11.1).

Read the rest of the Florida-Ole Miss gameday preview…after the break!

WHAT’S AT STAKE / PLAYER TO WATCH

FLORIDA
The Gators are competing for their second SEC Championship of the season as well as a potential No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. With the selection committee convening on Selection Sunday to determine the tournament seeds, Florida has one final opportunity to prove they are deserving of a top-two seed while simultaneously sweeping the conference’s titles for the first time since 2007.

» Junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin (#5) will be faced with yet another tough matchup as he tries to corral the league’s leading scorer for the second time this season. Wilbekin, Florida’s floor general, averages 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and team-highs of 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game all while hitting 39.3 percent of his three-pointers. On Sunday, he will be tasked with once again proving why he was voted onto the SEC’s All-Defensive Team.

OLE MISS
Though the Rebels have likely already locked up an NCAA Tournament bid, Ole Miss is looking to make a statement on Sunday by winning the SEC Tournament and getting revenge on Florida for its victory in Gainesville, FL earlier this season. The Rebels have proven to be one of the premier teams in the SEC this season but still hope to get over the hump and take down the conference’s top dog.

» Redshirt junior G Marshall Henderson (#22) is a spark plug and one of the most controversial players in college basketball both for his on-court antics and ability to seemingly drain the ball from anywhere on the court. Henderson leads the Rebels in minutes (30.9) and points per game (19.9) but has struggled with his shot on occasion. The Gators will look to take him out of the game early, but Henderson can catch fire at any time making him a menace that Florida – and specifically Wilbekin – will have to pay attention to throughout the contest.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Senior guard Kenny Boynton continues to make waves in his fourth year as a starter for the Gators. He is quickly climbing his way up many of Florida’s all-time lists and is already first in school history in five categories: three-point field goals made (326) and attempted (954), field goal attempts (1,631), career starts (137) and minutes played (4,536). He currently leads the SEC in career points (1,982) and three-pointers among active players and is sixth all-time in SEC history in career three-pointers made.

Career scoring
1. Ronnie Williams – 2,090 points
2. Kenny Boynton – 1,982 points

Field goals made
1. Ronnie Williams – 772
4. Dwayne Schintzius – 695
5. Kenny Boynton – 650

Games played
1. Walter Hodge – 151
5. Chris Richard / Dan Werner – 141
7. Kenny Boynton – 140
10. Erik Murphy – 131

Free throws made
1. Ronnie Williams – 546
8. Dan Cross – 411
9. Kenny Boynton – 356

Assists
1. Erving Walker – 547
9. Taurean Green – 397
10. Kenny Boynton – 385

2013 SEC TOURNAMENT BRACKET

2 Comments

  1. dp says:

    Until this team gets a true “closer” this will be the result. Murphy’s final three shots: air ball, air ball, off balance fade against a big man. Boynton’s final three possessions: beyond NBA three point attempt, awful turnover, decent desperation three at the end. Horrible horrible second half. What a choke. As a wise man said, “Why don’t you just give him the trophy?!” Well, we just did. Awful.

  2. joe says:

    Another Close Game Anorher Loss. We Will Be The Highest Seed To Lose Opening Weekend

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