Event: 2013 Jimmy V. Classic
Location: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY [Capacity: 19,812]
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST
|(16) FLORIDA GATORS||(15) MEMPHIS TIGERS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Josh Pastner|
|Record: 7-2||Record: 7-1|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: American|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -3 | O/U 137
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida and Memphis have not squared off since 1976 when the Gators beat the Tigers in an 84-83 nail-biter played in St. Petersburg, FL.
» UF is 4-3 at Madison Square Garden under Donovan but are playing in the Jimmy V. Classic for the first time.
» Donovan, a native of Rockville Center in Long Island, NY, has a place in his heart for MSG. Not only did he attend games as a child and teenager, Donovan played at MSG in college while with Providence and as a professional with the New York Knicks.
» Memphis is the fourth and final ranked opponent Florida will face in non-conference action this season. The Gators are 1-2 in the prior three games with both losses coming in true road games against teams currently ranked in the top 10 nationally.
» The Tigers are 3-0 in neutral-site games this season.
» UF is 5-4 against top-25 ranked opponents dating back to last season with all four losses coming away from its home court.
» Florida is 61-9 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 60.9 points per game through nine 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.
Read the rest of the Florida-Memphis gameday preview…after the break!
Active (3): Freshman point guard Kasey Hill (ankle)
Injured (2): Junior guard Eli Carter (leg – season), sophomore G Dillon Graham (hips – season)
Inactive (1): Freshman F Chris Walker
Suspended (1): Redshirt junior C Damontre Harris
WHAT’S AT STAKE / PLAYER TO WATCH
The Gators looked like they were running on all cylinders in the first half last week against Kansas but faltered in the latter 20 minutes. On Tuesday, Florida has an opportunity to put together a complete game and impress both the top 25 voters and selection committee with a marquee win at MSG against a top 15-ranked opponent. UF hopes to even out its record against ranked teams this season and register a victory against the best team remaining on its non-conference schedule.
» Redshirt sophomore F Dorian Finney-Smith (#10) made a big impact for the Gators from downtown last week, hitting 4-of-6 shots from deep and looking like an efficient three-point shooter for the first time this season. Unfortunately, his is shooting a lower percentage inside the arc than he is beyond it, hitting just 36.5 percent of his field goals compared to 39.1 percent of his threes. Where Finney-Smith is really making a difference for Florida is on the glass where he’s averaging a team-high 7.7 rebounds. If Donovan can hone Finney-Smith’s natural athletic ability and turn him into a complete player, UF may have someone very special on its hands.
Like their opponent on Tuesday, the Tigers have been tested early in the season and split a pair of games against top 10-ranked Oklahoma State, losing 101-80 in Stillwater, OK, but beating OSU 73-68 in a neutral-site contest in Orlando, FL. Pastner has Memphis rolling and playing with great confidence. The Tigers are on a six-game winning streak and are looking to make a statement just like the Gators before non-conference play comes to an end.
» Sophomore F Shaq Goodwin (#2) is one of a couple underclassmen making a major impact for Memphis, leading the Tigers with 6.5 boards per game while scoring 13.6 points per contest, second-most on the team. Goodwin hits 66.7 percent of his shots but is also a defensive presence for Memphis, averaging 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He will be a tough test for both Finney-Smith and Young on Tuesday.
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 119 career games and will only add to his totals as the season progresses. Young (972) is also just 28 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 – 130
Field Goal Percentage (minimum 500 attempts)
1. Dwayne Davis – .641
4. Eugene McDowell – .597
5. Al Horford – .588
6. Ronnie Williams – .585
6. Patric Young – .584
7. Udonis Haslem – .584
Dunks (unofficial statistic)
1. Dwayne Davis – 168
5. Joakim Noah – 130
6. Patric Young – 120
Wins at an SEC school
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 875
2. Dale Brown (LSU) – 448
3. Billy Donovan (Florida) – 422