No. 8 Florida Gators at No. 3 Ohio State Gameday

By Adam Silverstein
November 15, 2011

Event: Global Sports Shootout
Location: Value City Arena – Columbus, OH [Capacity: 18,809]
Time: 8:00 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN2/ESPN2HD
SiriusXM: 85
Online Video: ESPN3.com
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

(8) FLORIDA GATORS (3) OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Thad Matta
Record: 1-0 Record: 1-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big Ten
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Odds: Florida +10, O/U 136.5

HOMEWORK

Need to catch up on the Gators before the big game? No problem. OGGOA has been here all season long compiling a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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HISTORY and STREAKS

» Ohio State leads the all-time series against Florida 4-7. The Gators are winless against the Buckeyes in Columbus, OH (0-3) but are 2-2 all-time against them under the stewardship of Donovan. UF defeated OSU 84-75 to win the 2007 NCAA Championship.
» Florida and Ohio State won their respective conferences in 2010-11.
» UF and OSU are each without three starters from a year ago. The Gators no longer have Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus or Vernon Macklin, while the Buckeyes are missing Dallas Lauderdale, David Lighty and Jon Diebler.
» Florida has never defeated an opponent ranked in the top three in a true road game and has not taken down one ranked No. 4 or better in such a contest since 1988.
» The Gators won their 21st consecutive season opener last week.
» Florida is 7-7 against Big Ten teams under Donovan.
» Ohio State is returning four of their top six scorers from a year ago.
» The Gators won three out of every four road games they played in 2010-11 and captured eight true road victories for the first time since 1993-94.
» Florida has made a three-pointer in 652 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 1992.
» UF has the best winning percentage against ranked opponents (.558) among SEC teams dating back to 1999-2000.
» Tuesday’s game is part of the Global Sports Shootout, in which five teams each play four games against common opponents to begin the season.
» Ohio State has held 11-straight opponents under 67 points.
» The Buckeyes are 81-5 at home against non-conference opponents.
» OSU is 33-5 in November under Matta.
» Ohio State was 19-0 at home in 2010-11, shot 50 percent from the field on their court, outscored opponents by 24.1 points per game and outrebounded them by 6.1 boards.

LAST TIME OUT
[EXPAND Click to expand and read the remainder of the Florida-Ohio State gameday preview.]Florida and Ohio State squared off one year ago in the first contest of a home-and-home series scheduled between the two teams. The Gators held a three-point advantage heading into the locker rooms but were outscored 55-34 in the second half, falling 93-75 in Gainesville, FL. Jared Sullinger and David Lighty each scored 26 points for the Buckeyes, which dominated the latter portion of the game by playing from the inside out. Ohio State was able to take advantage of Florida’s press and knocked down 24-of-34 shots in the second half to take the lead and eventually earn the victory. Kenny Boynton led the Gators with 21 points on an efficient 8-of-14 shooting (5-for-8 from downtown), and three other UF players including Chandler Parsons, Erving Walker and Vernon Macklin scored in double figures.

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

FLORIDA
» Senior point guard Erving Walker (#11)…who is the longest tenured player on the team having appeared in 108 consecutive games with 47-straight starts. A shoot-first player much of his career, Walker has been tasked with distributing the ball and managing the game this year. He is the SEC’s active leader in points (1,340), minutes (3,222) and treys (217) but also ranks second in assists (381) and steals (123) as well as third in free throws (329). Walker is No. 24 on the school’s all-time scoring list and No. 5 in field goals made and attempted (567).
» Junior guard Kenny Boynton (#1)…who is a dynamic scorer and just the second starter returning from a year ago. Boynton is working on his consistency this season and hopes to shoot better than he did a year ago (38.5 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from downtown). He is the best defender on the Gators and is often put on the opponent’s best backcourt playmaker. Boynton currently ranks fifth in the SEC among active players in points (1,001) and fourth in three-pointers (152).
» Freshman G Brad Beal (#23)…who is starting at the three for Florida fresh out of high school. Beal was the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year, one of the top five players in the country, and is arguably the most talented player to sign with the Gators since Donovan took over. He averaged 32.5 points, 5.7 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game as a high school senior.
» Sophomore center Patric Young (#4)…who joins the starting lineup this year after being the primary frontcourt reserve as a freshman. Young saw action in all 37 games as a freshman, averaging 3.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in limited action. He achieved his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in the season opener.
» Redshirt junior G Mike Rosario (#3)…who is finally playing for Florida after transferring out of Rutgers and sitting out the 2010-11 season. Rosario scored more than 1,000 points in two seasons with his former team and averaged 16.7 points per game during his sophomore year. He is the Gators’ de facto sixth man and will see starter’s minutes each contest.

OHIO STATE
» C Jared Sullinger (#0)…who returns for his second season after being named Freshman of the Year during his rookie campaign and a preseason All-American as a sophomore. Sullinger averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 boards a year ago while posting 26 points on 13-of-17 shooting against Florida in Gainesville. He has already scored in double figures 35 times in his career including in Ohio State’s season opener.
» G William Buford (#44)…who is the Buckeyes’ elder statesman in his fourth year and is the only player on Ohio State with more than one year of playing experience. Ranked No. 21 on OSU’s all-time scoring list, Buford has 1,437 career points in 107 games (13.4 average) and was the team’s leading scorer during the 2009-10 season.
» PG Aaron Craft (#4)…who led Ohio State in assists (177) and steals (73) last year while also averaging 6.9 points. Craft was called one of the best players at his position by Donovan, who was impressed with his work off the bench last season.[/EXPAND]

2 Comments

  1. Ken (CA) says:

    I think I have a man-crush on Brad Beal already, and I have only watched him play for 4 minutes!

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    great learning experience, bad result….they looked great for first 10 mins, then they seemed to tighten up once they got a nice lead…..stayed tight until got behind big, then loosened up again. If they can mature, come together, and play their game, this team can go far this year. playing basically half a game and only losing by 7 to elite team on the road, this team is good enough in talent and deep enough can be another specialy Billy D team….

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