Event: Big 12/SEC Challenge
Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Shannon Spake)
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|(19) FLORIDA GATORS||(13) KANSAS JAYHAWKS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Bill Self|
|Record: 6-2||Record: 6-2|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Big 12|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -3 | O/U 138
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Buzzer beatings: Florida and Kansas each got handed tough losses in their last games as the Gators and Jayhawks both fell on buzzer beaters in a six-day span. UConn topped UF 65-64 on Monday, while Colorado beat KU 75-72.
» The Jayhawks are 3-1 in their all-time series against the Gators, but Florida is 1-1 against Kansas under Donovan.
» UF is 4-4 against top-25 ranked opponents dating back to last season with all four losses coming away from its home court.
» Florida has won 21-straight non-conference games in the O’Dome and 20 consecutive home games overall, the second-longest streak in school history.
» One-third of the Gators’ 2013-14 schedule thus far has been against top 25-ranked opponents. The Jayhawks are the third such team UF has faced this season.
» Florida is 60-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponent under 71 points in a game.
» UF’s defense has started off allowing just 60.0 points per game through eight contests, making it the stingiest in the SEC; no opponent has scored more than 69.
» The Gators have already used five different starting lineups through eight games. Only two players – seniors forward Casey Prather and center Patric Young – have started every contest thus far.
» Donovan is looking for his 16th consecutive 20-win season. Florida has him ranked sixth all-time in that category behind only Dean Smith, Lute Olson, Mike Krzyzewski, Tubby Smith and Jim Boeheim.
» Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts was on Donovan’s staff during the 2011-12 season that resulted in the team advancing to the Elite Eight.
Read the rest of the Florida-Kansas gameday preview…after the break!
Active (3): Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin (ankle), freshman PG Kasey Hill (ankle), sophomore guard DeVon Walker (foot)
Injured (2): Junior G Eli Carter (leg – season), sophomore G Dillon Graham (hips – season)
Suspended (1): Redshirt junior C Damontre Harris
WHAT’S AT STAKE / PLAYER TO WATCH
For the first time this season, the Gators will have more than one true point guard take the court in a game. Florida, which is 4-4 against ranked opponents dating back to last season but 4-0 against such teams in the O’Dome, has a lot on the line Tuesday night as they look for their 21st-straight win at home and 22nd in a row in the House of Horrors against non-conference opponents. The Gators are 0-2 against top-25 teams this season, dropping those road games (their only losses of the year so far) by a combined seven points – one at the buzzer. Florida wants to prove it truly belongs in the national conversation, and Tuesday night on primetime is its best opportunity.
» Prather (#24) has been a rock star for the Gators, averaging 19.1 points in 30.4 minutes per game while shooting a program-best 63.6 percent from the floor. He’s also hitting 71.4 percent of his free throws, a double-digit increase from last season. Prather’s confidence is noticeable, and he has used it to not only become an effective scorer but also an improved defender. He is also contributing on the glass by grabbing 5.9 rebounds each night. When UF really needed someone to step up, Prather did, and Florida is a much better team for it.
The Jayhawks understand the Gators’ early-season struggles, having also lost two games this season by a combined seven points – the second coming via a buzzer beater. What Kansas has that Florida does not is a top-25 victory as KU topped then-No. 4 Duke 94-83 one month ago in Chicago, IL. UF is its next big test, one it will look to overcome as a means of finishing the non-conference schedule on a hot streak.
» Freshman G Andrew Wiggins (#22) is a name you’ve likely heard dozens of times already if you pay any attention to college basketball…even though he’s only played eight total games. The McDonald’s All-American is averaging a team-highs of 15.3 points and 1.1 steals for the Jayhawks while contributing elsewhere with 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He has already posted 22 points twice and grabbed seven or more boards in half of the contests he’s played. Wiggins is the real deal, a future top-five, and one of the toughest individual players the Gators will face this season.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
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 118 career games and will only add to his totals as the season progresses. Young (960) is also just 40 points away from becoming the 50th player in school history to reach 1,000.
1. Dwayne Schintzius – 272
6. Eugene McDowell – 150
7. Patric Young – 129
Field Goal Percentage (minimum 500 attempts)
1. Dwayne Davis – .641
4. Eugene McDowell – .597
5. Patric Young – .588
5. Al Horford – .588
Dunks (unofficial statistic)
1. Dwayne Davis – 168
5. Joakim Noah – 130
6. Patric Young – 119
Wins at an SEC school
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 875
2. Dale Brown (LSU) – 448
3. Billy Donovan (Florida) – 421