Gameday: No. 11 Florida vs. No. 20 Wisconsin

By Adam Silverstein
November 12, 2013

Location: Kohl Center – Madison, WI [Capacity: 17,230]
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

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(10/11) FLORIDA GATORS (19/20) WISCONSIN BADGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Bo Ryan
Record: 1-0 Record: 1-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big Ten
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida +6 | O/U 137

PRE-GAME READING MATERIAL

» Story: Casey Prather primed to emerge in senior season
» Notebook: Updates on Florida’s injuries and suspensions

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida leads Wisconsin 2-1 in the all-time series between the two programs.
» The Gators are replacing their three leading scorers from 2012-13.
» UF is looking to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2006-07 after having its season end in the Elite Eight in each of the last three years.
» Florida was 4-2 against top 25-ranked opponents last season with both losses coming away from its home court.
» The Gators are 55-7 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponent under 71 points in a game.
» Florida was 0-6 last season in single-digit decisions.
» Donovan is looking for his 16th consecutive 20-win season. The Gators have him ranked sixth all-time in that category behind only Dean Smith, Lute Olson, Mike Krzyzewski, Tubby Smith and Jim Boeheim.
» Donovan is currently the longest-tenured head basketball coach in the SEC.
» Ryan’s Badgers team is 181-18 at home over the last 12 seasons, boasting a 90-7 record against non-conference opponents to boot.

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

WHAT’S AT STAKE / PLAYER TO WATCH

FLORIDA
Depleted by suspensions and bringing a roster filled with hobbled players on the road, Florida may have a tough time pulling off a win and sweeping Wisconsin in the home-and-home series that started last year when the Gators worked the Badgers 74-56 in Gainesville, FL. Donovan is focused on improving Florida’s defense, especially at the three-point line, which will be a key facet in the game considering how talented Wisconsin is shooting the ball from beyond the arc.

» Senior forward Casey Prather (#24) doubled his previous career-high by scoring 28 points in UF’s season opener last Friday. Prather went 10-of-15 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line while grabbing eight rebounds in the contest. Long a reserve for the Gators who was sure to make his share of mistakes, Prather appears to be more calm, level-headed and ready to contribute with some consistency. He was unable to suit up against UW last season as he was recovering from a concussion.

WISCONSIN
Like the team they’re hosting, the Badgers are dealing with roster turnover from a year ago but nevertheless have a talented group of players that have no plans to let up this season. Ryan has led Wisconsin to 12-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament (never once missing the tournament as its head coach), however, UW has never advanced past the Elite Eight under his watch, making its best tournament showing in his fourth season with the program (2004-05).

» Sophomore F Sam Dekker (#15) was just the fourth true freshman ever to start under Ryan but mostly served as Wisconsin’s sixth man in 2012-13. The Big Ten All-Freshman team member averaged 9.6 points per game and displayed incredible athleticism throughout the season. He scored in double figures 20 times and posted 16 points and seven boards in the Badgers’ season opener on Friday.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Center Patric Young is one of three true seniors on the roster but is the only one moving his way up many of Florida’s all-time lists. He has played in 112 career games and will only add to his totals as the season progresses.

Blocked Shots
1. Dwayne Schintzius – 272
6. Eugene McDowell – 150
7. Patric Young – 121

Field Goal Percentage (minimum 500 attempts)
1. Dwayne Davis – .641
4. Eugene McDowell – .597
5. Patric Young – .593

Dunks (unofficial statistic)
1. Dwayne Davis – 168
5. Joakim Noah – 130
6. Patric Young – 115

Wins at an SEC school
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 875
2. Dale Brown (LSU) – 448
3. Billy Donovan (Florida) – 415

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