Gameday: (10) Florida Gators vs. (22) Wisconsin

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

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No. 10 FLORIDA GATORS No. 22 WISCONSIN BADGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Bo Ryan
Record: 1-0 Record: 1-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big Ten
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Odds: Florida -6 | O/U 122

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida is 1-1 all-time against Wisconsin, but the teams have not gone head-to-head since playing a home-and-home series in 1967-68. The teams will play again next year in Madison, WI. The Gators are 14-26 all-time against the Big Ten while the Badgers are 22-15 all-time against the SEC.
» UF dominated in its season opener and held Alabama State to just nine first-half points, which set a school record in the shot clock era for fewest points allowed in a single half. Florida had four players score in double figures.
» 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 are 26-1 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game.
» 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 with Wednesday’s contest being its first such game.
» Wisconsin is the best road team in the Big Ten since Ryan took over the program 12 seasons ago. UW owns the most road victories (62) and best road winning percentage (.508) in its conference.
» The Badgers, like the Gators, have a veteran starting lineup. UW starts three seniors in the frontcourt.
» Wisconsin is 2-5 under Ryan in non-conference road games vs. top-25 teams.

Read the rest of the Florida-Wisconsin preview including injuries and absences and which players to look out for from both bench.

LAST TIME OUT

After falling to Wisconsin one year earlier in Madison, Florida earned a 71-66 victory in the second game of a home-and-home series in Gainesville on Dec. 21, 1968. The Gators led 38-33 at the half and held on for the victory with Neal Walk scoring 24 points to lead UF over UW.

INJURIES AND ABSENCES

» Junior PG Scottie Wilbekin (suspension)
“He’s out right now,” Donovan said. “I will probably evaluate his situation after this game. He’s not going to play, has not practiced since [last] Wednesday.”

» Junior G/F Casey Prather (concussion)

DOWN TWO BUT NOT THREE

Though neither Wilbekin nor Prather will be able to play, Florida will have senior forward Erik Murphy for Wednesday’s tilt despite the fact that he was sick early in the week OGGOA confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Murphy has indeed recovered, was able to practice some late Tuesday and will start for the Gators.

“Murphy, right now, did not practice [Monday]. I don’t know if he’ll practice [Tuesday],” Donovan said on Tuesday. “He has an illness, has been sick. Is he out definitely? No. I would hope he could play. … Really bad headaches, nauseous, he was throwing up [Monday]. I don’t know if it’s a flu or what it is.”

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

FLORIDA
» 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 (1,611) and threes (266) and is the only active player in a “BCS” conference with more than 1,500 career points.
» 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.

WISCONSIN
» Redshirt senior F/C Jared Berggren (#40)…who led the Big Ten in blocks one year ago with 60 and was the Badgers’ best three-point shooter with 45 makes and a 37.2 percent average. Berggren was also second on his team in points (10.5), rebounds (4.9) and steals (0.9) last season.
» Senior F Ryan Evans (#5)…who enters the season leading Wisconsin in scoring after averaging 11.0 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game in 2011-12. Evans has never missed a game in his collegiate career and is also the Big Ten’s top returning rebounder with 431 for his career and 243 one year ago.

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