No. 16 Florida Gators vs. Central Florida Knights

By Adam Silverstein
December 1, 2010

Event: Florida Citrus Sports Shootout
Location: Amway Center – Orlando, FL [Capacity: 20,000]
Time: 7:00 p.m. (EST)

TV: FSN
Online Video: ESPN3.com
Online Audio: Yahoo!
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

No. 16 FLORIDA GATORS CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Donnie Jones
Record: 5-1 Record: 5-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Conference USA
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Odds: Florida -3.5

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Florida is undefeated in the all-time series against Central Florida 9-0, though the two teams have never squared off in Orlando.
» The Gators are 8-1 against Conference USA opponents under Donovan.
» Donovan is also 5-1 against his former assistants.
» Florida is 77-20 under Donovan in the month of December.
» UF will play UCF in the first collegiate event at the brand new Amway Center; ironically, they also faced Stanford in the first collegiate event at the old Amway Arena.
» Donovan needs just five victories to move into sole possession of third place in SEC history for most wins as an SEC head coach.
» The Gators have out-rebounded five of six opponents thus far and are doing so by +8.2 rebounds per game.
» The Knights are No. 2 in the nation in field goal percentage (55.4), No. 9 in assists per game (18.8) and No. 10 in points per game (85.8).

KEEP AN EYE ON…

» Sophomore guard Kenny Boynton and junior point guard Erving Walker…a backcourt duo that has combined to average 27.6 point per game and has accounted for 25 of their team’s 37 three-pointers this season.
» Sophomore forward Erik Murphy…who is really coming on this season after only seeing the court sparingly as a freshman. Murphy has posted double-digit points three times and played important minutes in Florida’s win over Florida State.
» Redshirt senior center Vernon Macklin and senior Fs Chandler Parsons and Alex Tyus…UF’s three frontcourt starters who are average 16.2 rebounds per game.
» Freshman PG Scottie Wilbekin…who has posted a commendable 15-2 assist-to-turnover ratio while running the point in relief of Walker.
» Freshman F Will Yeguete…who has been a spark off the bench for the Gators averaging 5.6 rebounds per game and 3.4 points per game in just 12.6 minutes.
» UCF G Marcus Jordan…who is the son of Michael Jordan and is averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game.
» Knights F Keith Clanton…who averages 16.2 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 68.4 percent from the field.

INJURIES

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

12 Comments

  1. John S says:

    The field goal percentage of 55.4% is scary. Come on perimeter defense.

    Go Gators

  2. JChang says:

    Look out for the rowdies heading down to Orlando!

    And be sure to look for my awesome poster: BIG MAC ATTACK with Vernon Macklin’s face!!!!

  3. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Let’s go Gators! Beat the Knights!

  4. DCgator says:

    I hate espn3 with a burning passion. Every time I click on the UF-UCF link it either does nothing or takes me to the Wisky game.

    Followed the gamecast in the first half, and my heart goes out to Parsons. He just needs to settle down and not worry about disappointing his people in the stands.

  5. zach says:

    Horrible!!!! Baseball is our last hope this year

  6. JW says:

    Good game. Looks like it could be another year on the bubble. Thank goodness the tournament expanded by 4 teams.

  7. g8ter27 says:

    Pathetic, absolutely pathetic!!!! What the h@## is wrong with us? Really, we cannot recruit kids to be UCF? I sure hope I am wrong and I eat my words but I am smelling another NIT and it stinks!

  8. John S says:

    That was pretty bad. I feel real bad for Parsons…wow we need to get our heads straight – we look out of it. Worse than last year.

  9. Wingtee says:

    It just seems our athletic teams don’t have leaders nor do they play hard. We have become a bit of a pushover and this distubs me greatly

  10. Gatorbuc15 says:

    I haven’t seen Chandler have that bad of shooting performance, ever. That’s the main reason why we lost tonight, that and the fact that Tyus continues to be pathetic. And you do have to give UCF props; they aren’t exactly a horrible team.
    2-13 from beyond the arc about sums it up as well.

  11. zurbo says:

    our school is really starting to piss me off

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