No. 9 Florida Gators vs. No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 6:00 p.m. (EST)

TV: ESPN
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No. 9 FLORIDA GATORS No. 4 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 -2; O/U 142.5

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Ohio State leads the all-time series against Florida 6-4, but the Gators are 2-1 in Gainesville, FL, against the Buckeyes. UF’s last victory against OSU was 84-75 in the 2007 NCAA National Championship game, but Ohio State struck last with a 62-49 win in Columbus, OH, in 2007.
» Florida hasn’t fared well against the Big Ten, posting a 15-26 all-time record against the conference; however, the Gators defeated then-No. 2 Michigan State 77-74 just last year in a similar early season game.
» UF has started the season with a 2-0 record for the last eight years.
» Under Donovan, the Gators have defeated 10 top five opponents. The last three have all been against the Big Ten.

KEEP AN EYE ON…
Some contributions from Malik Grady – OGGOA Correspondent

» Defending freshman Jared Sullinger…who is 6’9” and 280 lbs. but has an offensive repertoire as a big man that will match any seen across the entire country this year. Sullinger simply knows how to score and use his body to put stress on defenses. He can shoot, post up and move without the ball.
» Force turnovers from David Lighty…who is a senior that handles the ball for Ohio State but is not a true point guard. He showed some weakness in their opener with four turnovers and is prone to making mistakes.
» Establish a fast tempo…by trapping in the half court and shooting at a high percentage. If Florida doesn’t score early, the Gators are often unable to set up the press, where smaller guys like junior PG Erving Walker and sophomore guard Kenny Boynton can thrive more as defensive factors.
» Stay out of foul trouble…something that could certainly happen early to hobbled redshirt senior center Vernon Macklin and green freshman C Patric Young against the Buckeyes’ strong and physical frontcourt.
» Let senior F Chandler Parsons get his…because once he gets on a roll it become increasingly difficult to cool him down. Parsons will have a number of responsibilities on Tuesday, but feeding him the rock early on the perimeter and allowing him to make some plays will pick him up from the get-go.
» Take advantage of the home crowd…which is hungry for a victory in Gainesville after the football team suffered a tough loss on Saturday. The O’Connell Center can be one of the toughest places to play in the United States (recently ranked No. 5) when the crowd is hyped and into the game.

INJURIES

» Active: Redshirt senior C Vernon Macklin (knee)
» Inactive: Redshirt junior F Adam Allen (knee)

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8 Responses to “No. 9 Florida Gators vs. No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes”

  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Let’s go Gators! Let’s show everyone that we are a force to be reconed with!

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    And people complain we never play anyone out of our state or the south. Just hope Addazio hasn’t worked his way court-side and convinced Billy D he can draw up some plays. If I were Billy D and needed a screen play chalked up, Adazzio then Zooker would be my go-to though!

  3. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Wow, we got excited for this? All I see is a pretty poor basketball team.

  4. Mr2Bits says:

    Well I’m glad to see we picked up where we left off last year with decent opponents. More turnover’s than a bakery, defense is nowhere to be found and coming out flat on our face in the second half. Going to be a long season and wont lie I’m a little disappointed. Just wish we wouldn’t be so sloppy in the second half of every big game. Feel like it will be another nail-biter just trying to get a seed in march madness this year with what I’m seeing.

  5. John S says:

    Man the press got destroyed tonight. We looked pretty good for 60% then OSU made adjustments and we didn’t. I think the press kills our defense more than anything.

  6. Wingtee says:

    Nice quit job by UF. I am about tired of vgator sports right now. Sick of getting my ass beat at home

  7. Basshole says:

    There are definitely some positives to take away from this game, we put together one good half against a really good team, and we out rebounded a tough, physical Big Ten team. Getting smoked at home like that sucks, but even a loss like this is a learning opportunity. This team will get better, hopefully soon before we face Kansas.

  8. Wingtee says:

    Kansas State actually . # 3 in the nation. Look for another tough nite