Florida Gators basketball has struggled against the three ranked teams it faced this season but will face its final tough test of the opening nonconference slate when it takes on the Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.
Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-FSU.
Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter
Tale of the tape
|Florida Gators||Florida State Seminoles|
|Head Coach: Mike White||Head Coach: Leonard Hamilton|
|Record: 8-3||Record: 9-2|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: ACC|
Spread: -5.5 | O/U: 138
Though the Gators should have an edge on Saturday in effective field goal percentage and overall defensive efficiency, the Noles match up quite well due to their overwhelming size at all five starting positions. Simply put, Florida has struggled against the best opponents its faced this season, and though FSU is not ranked, it is certainly up at the top of UF’s nonconference slate in terms of talent and ability.
We’ve done well this season picking the Gators to win but not cover and this is another situation in which Florida is simply getting too many points. FSU has come a long way since its loss to Hofstra on Nov. 20, and though UF should ultimately win this game, asking it to do so by six is a lot for a team that has not played in a week … and struggles to hit free throws in the clutch.
The 138-point total is also a lot to ask for a Gators team that has not been involved in a contest that hit that mark against a quality opponent this sesaon.
ATS picks: 3-2 | O/U picks: 4-1
Injuries and absences
» Out: C Schuyler Rimmer (back)
» Florida is 42-23 all-time against Florida State, though the Gators hold a massive 21-6 advantage over the Seminoles in the O’Dome.
» White is 1-1 all-time against Hamilton as the teams squared off twice in NIT games played in Tallahassee, Florida.
» UF’s three losses are to teams ranked No. 1, No. 13 and No. 14 in the latest AP Top 25; those teams’ records are a combined 39-2. FSU at 9-2 is just on the outskirts of the polls.
» Florida has now started five different starting fives in 11 games this season. Overall, nine different Gators have been in the starting lineup with UF starting four different groups in its last four games.