Gameday: No. 2 Florida Gators at Ole Miss – Wilbekin, Henderson primed for early tip-off

Location: Tad Smith Coliseum – Oxford, MS [Capacity: 8,867]
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST

TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Doug Gottlieb) [Coverage Map]
SiriusXM: 113/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: CBSSports.com | Mobile Video: CBS Sports app
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(2) FLORIDA GATORS OLE MISS REBELS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Record: 24-2 (13-0 SEC) Record: 16-10 (7-6 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -7 | O/U: OFF

HISTORY, STATS AND STREAKS

» Florida leads Ole Miss 61-43 in the all-time series, holding a 14-7 record under Donovan. Though UF is 21-28 on the road at Mississippi, the Gators are 5-3 under Donovan with back-to-back victories and 11 wins in the last 13 meetings.
» UF is in the midst of setting a number of program records this season. Florida has won a school-record 18-straight games (23 of its last 24), posted a program-best 13-0 start in SEC play and started the season 24-2, matching the school’s all-time mark for best overall start in school history (2006-07).
» The Gators have also won 30 consecutive home games and 15-in-a-row against league opponents in the O’Dome, both school records.
» Florida is 76-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding an opponent under 71 points in a game.
» UF is 11-2 this season in single-digit decisions after going 0-6 in such contests during the 2012-13 campaign. Florida is also 1-0 in overtime games.
» The Gators are 8-2 in true road games this season with both losses coming against ranked opponents during the first month of the season. UF lost those contests by a combined seven points.

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SEC Tournament – Gameday: Florida vs. Ole Miss

Location: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN [Capacity: 18,160]
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

TV: ABC/ABCHD (Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, Shannon Spake)
SiriusXM: 126/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: None | Mobile Video: None
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter and SportsYapper app

(1) FLORIDA GATORS (3) OLE MISS REBELS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Record: 26-6 (14-4 SEC) Record: 25-8 (12-6 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -10.5 | O/U 135

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida is looking to win its fourth SEC Tournament, first since completing a three-peat in the event from 2005-07. The Gators are 38-44 all-time in the SEC Tournament (23-13 under Donovan) in 47 total appearances.
» UF enters the SEC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed for the fourth time in school history. The team has never failed to reach the finals when listed as the top seed.
» The Gators are 7-4 all-time in SEC Tournament games held played in Nashville, TN.
» Florida leads the all-time series against Ole Miss 61-42, boasting a 14-6 mark since Donovan took over the program including five-straight victories (11 of the last 12).
» UF is 51-6 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (25-5 in 2012-13).
» The Gators have four starters that average in double figures while the Rebels have just two players that score in double digits on average.
» UF is 4-1 against top-25 opponents this season after going 3-5 against ranked adversaries last season with all five losses coming to top-three teams.
» Florida is 0-5 this season in single-digit decisions.
» The Gators are first nationally in scoring margin (+18.8), third in scoring defense (53.2), third in field goal defense (.373), ninth in field goal percentage (.485), 11th in three-point defense (.291), 19th in assist-turnover ratio (1.36) and 24th in turnover margin (3.1). Florida is also seventh nationally in fouling, committing 14.2 per game.
» The Rebels are ranked ninth nationally in turnover margin (4.3), 17th in blocks (5.4) and 22nd in scoring margin (+11.1).

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Gameday: No. 4 Florida Gators vs. No. 16 Ole Miss

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPNU/ESPNUHD (Tom Hart, Matt Doherty)
SiriusXM: 93/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: WatchESPN.com | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app
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No. 4 FLORIDA GATORS No. 16 OLE MISS REBELS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Record: 17-2 (7-0 SEC) Record: 17-3 (6-1 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -18 | O/U 135

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida is 60-42 all-time against Ole Miss, boasting a 13-6 mark since Donovan took over the program. UF is 35-11 against Mississippi in Gainesville (13-6 under Donovan) and has won four-in-a-row in the overall series as well as 10 of the last 11.
» The Gators are currently riding a nine-game winning streak, their longest since the middle of the 2008-09 season (10). UF went undefeated in the month of January (8-0) for the first time since 2007.
» Four of Florida’s regular starters are averaging double figures.
» The Gators have held three opponents under 40 points, eight more under 50 and four more under 60 so far this season. No opponent has scored more than 67 points on Florida, and UF has not surrendered more than 58 points over its last eight games.
» Florida is 42-3 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (17-2 in 2012-13).
» The Gators were just 3-5 against top-25 opponents last season with all five losses coming to top-three teams. UF is currently scheduled to take on seven top-25 opponents as part of the 2012-13 campaign and is already 2-1 in such games.
» Florida is outscoring SEC opponents by an average of +28.3 points per game, which is the best in league play through seven games since Kentucky in 1996 (+24.2).
» Ole Miss is the only other SEC team with fewer than two losses in conference action.
» The Tigers are fifth nationally in scoring offense (80.0 points), seventh in turnover margin (+5.0), eighth in three-point field goal defense (.279), 13th in scoring margin (+14.9), 15th in blocked shots (5.6).
» The Gators are second nationally in scoring defense (50.4), scoring margin (+23.4) and field goal defense (.359); eighth in field goal percentage (.495) and rebound margin (+8.9); 16th in three-point shooting (8.6) and 19th in three-point percentage (.392).
» Florida is also sixth nationally in fouling, committing 13.8 per game.

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Florida Gators vs. Ole Miss Rebels Gameday

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 8:00 p.m. (ET)

TV: CSS
Online Video: ESPN3.com
Sirius/XM: 121/141
Online Audio: Yahoo!
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FLORIDA GATORS OLE MISS REBELS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Record: 11-3 (0-0) Record: 12-3 (0-0)
Division: SEC East Division: SEC West
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Odds: Florida -9

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Florida leads the all-time series against Ole Miss 58-42, is 8-1 in the last nine meetings, 5-0 in the last five games played in Gainesville (+19 points per game), and 11-6 all-time under Donovan.
» The Gators were a perfect 6-0 against the SEC West last year and are 50-16 against the division since 2000 including 29-4 at the O’Dome.
» Florida’s defense has significantly improved over the last nine games. They are holding opponents to just 59.4 points per game and have only allowed two teams to reach 70 points this season. After failing to score at least 70 points in seven-straight games, the Gators have surpassed that total in their last two contests (71, 84).
» UF has out-rebounded 13 of 14 opponents this season – including in its three defeats – and is doing so by a +8.5 rebound per game advantage.
» The Gators and Rebels each best each other in two of four major statistically categories nationally. Florida holds advantages in rebounds 61st-71st (38.5-38.2) and assists 99th-116th (14.4-14.1), while Ole Miss scores more points 38th-163rd (78.1-70.3) and field goal percentage 40th-60th (.475-.466). However, the Gators rank 14th in RPI (.6356) and 8th in strength of schedule (.6130) compared to the Rebels being 62nd (.5749) and 128th (.5126).

KEEP AN EYE ON…

» Junior point guard Erving Walker…who is leading his team in scoring and assists with 13.9 points and 3.1 dishes per game. He has accounted for 32 of Florida’s 77 treys.
» Redshirt senior center Vernon Macklin…who is shooting a team-high 57.3 percent this season with most of his buckets coming inside the paint. He averages 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds a game while being a major presence for the Gators.
» Senior forward Chandler Parsons…who is averaging 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game after posting his best performance of the season against Rhode Island. Parsons scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, was 3-for-4 from downtown and added 12 boards.
» Sophomore guard Kenny Boynton…who is arguably Florida’s most talented player but has been marred in a slump all season. Boynton is only shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from beyond the arc. He is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game and hits 73.7 percent of his free throws.
» Ole Miss G Chris Warren…who leads his team with 18.5 points and 4.3 assists in an average of 33.7 minutes per game (five more than the next closest player). Warren a fantastic 94.1 percent from the charity stripe and is clutch in end-of-game situations.
» Rebels G Zach Graham…whose 14.1 points per game and 28.6 minutes per game are second on Ole Miss. Graham also averages 4.4 rebounds and a steal per game.

EVALUATING THE GATORS BEFORE SEC COMPETITION
By Malik Grady – OGGOA Correspondent

Florida’s game against then-No. 6 Kansas State on Dec. 18 was supposed to be a litmus test. How the team performed would cue outsiders whether or not UF should be taken seriously going forward. The double-digit come-from-behind-win over KSU, coupled with a subsequent overtime loss to Jacksonville, managed only to solidify Donovan’s team as a collection of contradictions that even the coach himself had to figure out.

The particular oxymoron that is the 2010-11 Gators manage to simultaneously be stellar in key areas and abysmal in others. This undoubtedly makes them, at times, frustrating to watch but also places them on track to make the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

The following statistics are where UF ranks in national averages out of 345 schools playing Division I college basketball.

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