Gameday: Florida Gators vs. JU Dolphins

By Adam Silverstein
December 14, 2014

Florida Gators basketball (5-4) is back above .500 and looks to turn over the weekend with consecutive victories when it hosts the Jacksonville Dolphins (2-8) on Sunday.

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST

TV: Fox Sports Network (James Bates, Larry Conley)
Streaming Video: WatchESPN.com | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app

SiriusXM: 102/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

FLORIDA GATORS JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Tony Jasick
Record: 5-4 Record: 2-8
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Atlantic Sun

Odds: OFF


HISTORY, STATS AND STREAKS

» Florida is 30-5 all-time against Jacksonville dating back to 1960 with a 14-2 in Gainesville and 7-1 record under Donovan. The Gators are also 27-1 under Donovan against Atlantic Sun opponents (21-1 in the O’Dome).
» UF has used the same starting five in three-straight games; it is the sixth different starting lineup Florida has used in nine regular-season games this year.
» The Gators are looking for their 17th consecutive season with 20+ victories. Florida’s 16-straight campaigns with that many wins is the longest streak in the SEC and fifth-longest nationally. Only eight coaches have ever won 20+ games in 14+ consecutive seasons.
» Florida learned to win close games last season, going 14-2 in contests decided by single digits; the Gators are 2-3 in such affairs this season.
» Two weeks ago, Miami snapped Florida’s program-record 33-game home winning streak, which dated back to Nov. 11, 2012, and was the second-longest in the nation. The Canes also broke the Gators’ school-record 25-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents, which dated back to Dec. 22, 2010.
» Florida is still on program-record 18-game winning streaks against SEC opponents overall (since Jan. 8, 2014) and at home (since Jan. 9, 2014). UF has also won a school-record nine-in-a-row over SEC opponents on the road (since Jan. 11, 2014).

INJURIES AND ABSENCES

» Active (3): Redshirt junior guard Eli Carter (foot), redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith (hand), sophomore point guard Kasey Hill (stomach virus)
» Out (4): Redshirt junior forward Alex Murphy (transfer – fall semester), sophomore center John Egbunu (transfer – season), freshman guard Brandone Francis (academics – season)

NOTES AND QUOTES

» This may be the last game Florida plays this season without Murphy, who is expected to be cleared for UF’s Dec. 20 game against Wake Forest. Murphy is waiting to receive his grades, which will officially end the fall semester and make him eligible to step on the court for the Gators.

» Carter is looking to play his second-straight game for the Gators, which would be his sixth this season. He has not played more than 14 minutes in a game since Nov. 26.

» Freshman point guard Chris Chiozza is making his first career start.

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