Event: Navy-Marine Corps Classic
Location: USS Bataan at Navy Station Mayport – Jacksonville, FL [Capacity: 3,500]
Weather Forecast: 51°F, clear, winds NE at 3 mph
Time: 21:15 EDT
TV: NBC Sports Network (Tom Hammond, Stan Van Gundy, Carolyn Manno) [Channel]
SiriusXM: 136/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: None | Mobile Video: None
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter and SportsYapper
|No. 10 FLORIDA GATORS||GEORGETOWN HOYAS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: John Thompson III|
|Record: 0-0||Record: 0-0|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Big East|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -5 | O/U 123.5
Need to catch up on what has been going on with the Gators over the last week? No problem. OGGOA has been here the whole time posting a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam on Saturday.
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida is 2-2 all-time against Georgetown but has been victorious in each of the last two meetings. The Gators are 16-10 against Big East teams overall under Donovan.
» UF has won 21-straight season openers (16-in-a-row under Donovan) dating back to 1991. Florida normally dominates its first game of the season but is playing a much more difficult opponent this time around.
» One season ago, the Gators led the nation in three-pointers by netting 9.8 per contest. UF was so proficient from beyond the arc that the team connected on 10 or more treys in 22 games during the 2011-12 campaign.
» Florida was 10th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3 in 2011-12.
» The Gators were 25-1 last season when holding opponents under 71 points.
» Florida was just 3-5 against top-25 opponents last season with all five losses coming to top-three teams. UF is currently scheduled to take on seven top-25 opponents as part of the 2012-13 campaign.
» Three Gators players, 10 coaches and paid staff members, and six members of the student staff have military connections in their families.
» The USS Bataan (LHD 5) is an amphibious assault ship and part of the Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG). It often holds up to 3,200 crewmen and troops and can “embark, transport, deploy, command and fully support all elements of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).”
» The USS Bataan is 844 feet long with a 267-foot long deck.
Read the rest of the Florida-Georgetown preview including injuries and absences and which players to look out for from both bench.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 3-seed Florida took down No. 7-seed Georgetown in the Sweet 16 of the 2006 NCAA Tournament on the way to the team’s first-ever national title. The Gators were down two points at the end of the first half but outscored the Hoyas 29-23 down the stretch to pick up the 57-53 victory and advance to the Elite Eight.
Corey Brewer’s acrobatic three-pointer with 27.5 seconds left clinched the victory for Florida, which saw Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Taurean Green all score in double digits. Four of Georgetown’s five starters also scored 10 or more points, and Jeff Green led the way with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES*
» Junior PG Scottie Wilbekin (suspension)
» Junior G/F Casey Prather (concussion)
* As of Friday at 9:00
PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
» Senior guard Kenny Boynton (#1)…who led Florida in scoring last season with 15.9 points per game and was named a preseason first-team All-SEC selection. Boynton is in position to finish his final season first all-time at Florida in scoring, three-pointers, minutes and field goal attempts. He currently ranks first among active SEC players in points (1,589) and threes (262).
» Junior center Patric Young (#4)…who was the 2012 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball (3.37 GPA) and is the most dominant post player the Gators have on their roster. Young averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore while hitting 61.8 percent of his shots, many of which were powerful dunks. He has been working on his conditioning all season in an effort to become a more consistent player on the court.
» Senior forward Erik Murphy (#33)…who took a huge developmental step as a junior and led Florida’s starters in three-point efficiency by making 42.1 percent of his attempts. Murphy averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game but has been asked by the coaching staff to ramp up his production off the glass.
» Junior F Will Yeguete (#15)…who is a big-time spark plug for Florida off the bench and showed an improved offensive game in the exhibition contest when he scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Yeguete was unable to play in the second half of UF’s 2011-12 campaign with a broken foot and was sorely missed by his teammates. His penchant for playing aggressive defense, forcing turnovers and grabbing rebounds makes him an irreplaceable member of the team. He averaged 4.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game just one year ago.
» Sophomore F Otto Porter (#22)…who started eight games as a true freshman and showed major flashes during his first year with the Hoyas. Porter led the team in field goal shooting (52.5 percent) and rebounding (6.8 per game) while averaging 9.7 points in 29.7 minutes. He is Georgetown’s most accomplished player and is expected to have a breakout campaign.
» Sophomore F Greg Whittington (#2)…whose length and athleticism have been a problem for opponents. Also a second-year player, Whittington did not have a chance to shine as a freshman despite playing 20.1 minutes per game. He averaged just 4.3 points and 2.9 boards but did shoot 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
» Junior G Markel Starks (#5)…who is one of four upperclassmen (all juniors) on the team and may very well be the most important of the bunch. With so many players ahead of him last season, Starks was held to 24.4 minutes per game and averaged 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his time on the court.
PREPARING FOR THE SPECIAL GAME