Event: 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic
Location: BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL [Capacity: 20,737]
Time: 4:30 p.m. EST
|(16) FLORIDA GATORS||FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Rodney Terry|
|Record: 8-2||Record: 6-5|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Mountain West|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -17 | O/U [OFF]
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida and Fresno State have never squared off on the hardwood, but UF is 3-0 under Donovan against teams out of the Mountain West.
» The Gators are 12-2 all-time in the OBBC and will be participating in the event for the 13th time in the last 14 years.
» This will be the fourth contest in a six-game span that Florida will be playing away from its home court. UF is 1-2 in those three prior games.
» The Gators are 1-0 in games played at neutral sites this season.
» Florida is 2-0 this season against top 25-ranked opponents with both of its losses coming on the road against teams currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. UF defeated a ranked opponent away from its home court on Tuesday for the first time since Dec. 17, 2011 when it faced Texas A&M in the OBBC.
» The Gators are 61-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponent under 71 points in a game.
» Florida’s defense allowed 75 points to Memphis on Tuesday, the most given up in a regular season game since March 4, 2012.
» The Gators are now 4-2 this season in single-digit decisions after going 0-6 in such contests during the 2012-13 campaign.
» Florida defeated top-15 teams in consecutive games for the fourth time in program history and first time ever in non-conference regular season play.
Read the rest of the Florida-Fresno State gameday preview…after the break!
Active (1): 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
WHAT’S AT STAKE / PLAYER TO WATCH
The Gators succeeded in pulling off a pair of huge victories over the last two weeks but must now avoid a letup against a Bulldogs squad that is better than their record indicates. Florida could head into its eight-day holiday break on a three-game winning streak if it can pull off a victory on Saturday. The OBBC has been friendly to the Gators over the years with fans from across South Florida showing up to support their favorite team. The BB&T Center will undoubtedly feel like a home game for Florida, which should take full advantage of the atmosphere and come out on top.
» Sophomore guard Michael Frazier II (#20) was raining three-pointers early in the season but has been taking fewer attempts as of late. He is 4-of-9 from downtown over the last three games, a stark contrast to the early part of the season in which he attempted six or more threes in five of UF’s first seven games. Nevertheless, Frazier leads the Gators by draining 52 percent of his looks from beyond the arc; he is also the team’s best free throw shooter with a 93.3 percent efficiency from the charity stripe. Frazier averages 12.2 points per game (third-most on the team) and has also improved his rebounding, bringing down 3.4 boards per contest.
While the Bulldogs have not had much success early in the season against BCS conference opponents (0-3), Fresno State has been battle-tested in a number of its other games. In fact, FSU has already played three overtime contests and boasts a 3-0 record in those games. Nevertheless, Florida will be a step up in competition and one of only two ranked teams the program will play all season (if San Diego State is ranked by the time those teams square off on Jan. 15). Defeating the Gators would be a huge upset win for the Bulldogs and an embarrassment for UF in its own backyard.
» Sophomore G Marvelle Harris (#23) does it all for Fresno State, leading the team in scoring (17.9 points) and minutes played (35.5) while coming in second on the squad in rebounding (5.6) and three-point shooting (.370). He also hits 77.6 percent of his free throws and dishes a couple assists per game. Florida will be focused on shutting Harris down, so it will be up to him to help carry his team on Tuesday in Sunrise.
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 120 career games and will only add to his totals as the season progresses. Young (980) is also just 20 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
7. 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) – 423