Donovan speaks on team after back-to-back wins

In the midst of a stretch where they will play three games in only a six-day span, Florida Gators basketball was back in the gym Monday practicing for their contest Tuesday at home against the No. 19/17 Tennessee Volunteers on ESPN at 9 p.m. Head coach Billy Donovan spoke with the media about a number of topics regarding his team.
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Gators outlast Rebels for big 64-61 road win

Powered by a career-high 22 points from redshirt junior center Vernon Macklin, the Florida Gators (19-8, 8-4 SEC) held on for a much-needed 64-61 road win over the Ole Miss Rebels (17-9, 5-7 SEC) at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, MS, on Saturday afternoon. Macklin, who was 7-for-8 for 16 points in the first half, finished 8-of-11 with seven rebounds while going an uncharacteristic 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

As a team, the Gators shot their best from the charity stripe, hitting 25-of-27 attempts (92.6 percent). Florida’s frontcourt once again led the way, accounting for 48 of the team’s 64 points (36 of its first 42). Conversely, the Gators were atrocious from downtown, finishing on only one of 13 attempts from beyond the arc – a rare made three by senior forward Dan Werner. Had Werner not connected, Florida would have gone without a made three-pointer for the first time in over 16 years (604 games).

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Gameday: Florida Gators at Ole Miss Rebels

Location: C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum – Oxford, MS [Capacity: 8,700]
Time: 12:00 p.m. (EST)

TV: CBS / CBSHD
Online Video: CBSSports.com
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Florida Gators Ole Miss Rebels
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Record: 18-8, 7-4 SEC Record: 17-8, 5-6 SEC
Division: SEC East Division: SEC West
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Odds: Florida +4.5, O/U 144.5

KEEP AN EYE ON…
» The dynamic backcourt of…sophomore point guard Erving Walker and freshman guard Kenny Boynton who are averaging 30.8 points and 7.6 assists per game in conference play this season.
» Speaking of Walker and Boynton…they have hit 52 of the Gators’ 66 treys in SEC play.
» Junior forward Alex Tyus…who is dominating the front court, has reached double figures in 15 of 17 games and scored 15+ in eight of those.
» Junior F Chandler Parsons…who has two double-doubles over his last four games, has also been helping dish the ball and run the point. He is averaging 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds over those same four games.
» Double-digit scoring by Vernon Macklin…the Gators are 11-2 when the redshirt junior transfer center finishes in double figures.
» Guard Chris Warren…who leads the Rebels with a team-high 16.5 points per game.

STREAKS:
» Florida leads the all-time series against Ole Miss 57-42, winning seven out of the last eight in the series. They are 10-6 against this opponent under Billy Donovan
» However, the last time the Gators visited the Rebels they lost 89-87 after being down 16 in the second half. UF is only 3-3 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
» Florida is 5-0 against the SEC West in 2010, 49-16 (20-12 on the road) since 2000.
» A win Saturday would give the Gators its first 6-0 sweep of the SEC West since 2003 and its most road wins since 2006-07.
» Florida is 5-3 in games decided by five points or less compared to 4-6 in such games last season. UF is 4-1 in the last five contests that were that close.
» The Gators have outrebounded seven of its last nine conference opponents and is 12-2 overall when out-rebounding an opponent in 2010.
» After shooting just 47.8 percent from the charity stripe (22-of-46) over its previous two games, Florida went 32-for-40 (80 percent) from the line Thursday.
» Six of the Gators’ eight losses on the season have come from teams with RPIs currently inside the top 28 (five from teams ranked 19 or higher).
» Ole Miss took down then-No. 7 Kansas State in November and is averaging more than 80.0 points per game at home.

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Frontcourt leads Florida over Auburn in O’Dome

Led by a strong all-around effort from junior forward Chandler Parsons, the Florida Gators (18-8, 7-4 SEC) held on for a 78-70 victory over the Auburn Tigers (12-14, 3-8 SEC) Thursday evening at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL.

In a must-win game for the Gators, their frontcourt players stepped up from the get-go, scoring 42 of the team’s 78 points and amassing 23 of Florida’s 28 rebounds. Parsons, who led the Gators with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and four assists, had plenty of support from starting juniors F Alex Tyus (12 points, seven rebounds) and center Vernon Macklin (seven points, four rebounds). Surprisingly, it was Florida’s bench that truly made the difference as senior F Dan Werner went 3-for-5 for nine points and four boards and freshman F Erik Murphy contributed seven points on 3-of-3 shooting with three rebounds.

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FOUR BITS: …on the Florida vs. Auburn game

1 » Florida Gators (17-8, 6-4) vs. Auburn TIgers (12-13, 3-7) Pre-Game:
Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 7:00 p.m. (EST) | TV: ESPN | Online: ESPN360 | Odds: Florida -9, O/U 145

- Auburn leads the all-time series against Florida 87-68, though the Gators won 10 straight before falling to the Tigers in the 2009 SEC Tournament. Under head coach Billy Donovan, Florida is 13-4 against Auburn and 6-0 in the O’Dome.
- The Gators are 5-3 in games decided by five points or less compared to 4-6 in such games last season. Florida is 4-1 in the last five contests that were that close.
- UF is now 6-1 in conference play and 12-2 overall when out-rebounding an opponent.
- The Gators have been holding opponents to 58.8 points per game in their 17 wins while allowing the number to jump to 75.8 points per game in its eight losses.
- The Tigers are scoring 75.7 points per game with fourstarters averaging 13+ points.
- The dynamic backcourt of sophomore point guard Erving Walker and freshman guard Kenny Boynton is averaging 31.2 points and 7.5 assists in SEC play this season.
- Speaking of Walker and Boynton, they have hit 51 of the Gators’ 64 treys in SEC play. Walker has gone for 20+ points in five of 10 SEC games.
- Junior forward Alex Tyus is dominant the front court, scoring double figures in 14 of 16 games and 15+ in eight of those. Tyus had a career-high 15 rebounds last Wednesday.
- Junior F Chandler Parsons nearly completed three straight double-doubles and is averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over his last three contests.
- Double-digit scoring by redshirt junior center Vernon Macklin usually results in a victory. The Gators are 11-2 when he finishes in double figures. He had his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards against Xavier.
- Auburn guard DeWayne Reeds is fifth in the SEC in assists (4.3 per game).
- Tigers forward Lucas Hargrove averages 7.4 boards, sixth in the conference.

Florida must shoot better from the FT line and downtown while not looking ahead…
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Gameday: Florida Gators vs. Xavier Musketeers

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 6:00 p.m. (EST)

TV: ESPN / ESPNHD
Online Video: ESPN360
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Florida Gators Xavier Musketeers
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Chris Mack
Record: 17-7 Record: 16-7
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Atlantic 10
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Odds: Florida -4, O/U (OFF)

KEEP AN EYE ON…
» The dynamic backcourt of…sophomore point guard Erving Walker and freshman guard Kenny Boynton who are averaging 31.5 points and 7.9 assists per game in conference play this season.
» Speaking of Walker and Boynton…they have hit 51 of the Gators’ 64 treys in SEC play. Walker has gone for 20+ points in five of 10 SEC games.
» Junior forward Alex Tyus…who is dominating the front court, averaging 14.7 points and 7.9 rebounds over the last 15 contests. He has hit double figures in 14 of 15 games and scored 15+ in eight of those. Tyus had a career-best 15 rebounds Wednesday.
» Junior F Chandler Parsons…who has back-to-back double-doubles and four on the season (six for this career). He has also been helping dish the ball with six assists in each of his last two games.
» The duo of Tyus and Parsons…who are combining for 15.6 rebounds per game during SEC play including 26 on Wednesday night.
» Double-digit scoring by Vernon Macklin…the Gators are 11-1 when the redshirt junior transfer center finishes in double figures.
» Musketeers guard Jordan Crawford leads both his team and the A-10 in scoring at 19.7 points per game.

STREAKS:
» Xavier leads the all-time series against Florida 1-0, with their sole win coming in the Hurricane Classic in Miami, FL, on Dec. 28, 1959. The Musketeers won 86-74.
» This is the first time the Gators have played a non-conference opponent during SEC play since 2003.
» Under head coach Billy Donovan, Florida is 4-3 against the Atlantic 10; they lost earlier this season to the Richmond Spiders 56-53.
» The Gators have been holding opponents to 58.8 points per game in their 17 wins while allowing the number to jump to 75.7 points per game in their seven losses.
» Florida is 11-2 at home this season and 80-10 in the O’Dome since 2005.
» The Gators are 5-3 in games decided by five points or less compared to 4-6 in such games last season. Florida is 4-1 in the last five contests that were that close.
» UF is now 6-1 in conference play and 12-2 overall when out-rebounding an opponent after losing to South Carolina on Wednesday.
» Xavier has a win over then-No. 19 Cincinnati this season and leads the A-10 in scoring offense (79.4) and three-point shooting (39.4 percent).
» The Musketeers have reached two Elite Eights and a Sweet 16 in the last six years.
» Florida will honor the 2000 NCAA Championship runner-up team at halftime.

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CHOMPING On: What to do about Dan Werner

Covering the Florida Gators as close as I do every day, I sometimes find the need to vent regarding some of the coverage, news, opinions and general sentiments surrounding the program. In those instances, OGGOA presents CHOMPING On:

That is the question on every Florida Gators basketball fan’s mind Thursday morning: What can head coach Billy Donovan do about senior forward Dan Werner? While the question is very straightforward, the answer is actually just as simple: Nothing.

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Gamecocks rally in second half to top Gators 77-71

Devan Downey may be the South Carolina Gamecocks‘ star player, but fellow senior guard Brandis Raley-Ross stole the show Wednesday night in Columbia, SC. Raley-Ross’ 17 second half points and four three-pointers led the Gamecocks (14-9, 5-4 SEC) to a comeback 77-71 home victory over the Florida Gators (17-7, 6-4 SEC).

Though Florida only missed seven shots in the first half and was shooting 68.2 percent to 37.8 percent for South Carolina, an astounding 12 turnovers (including five in the first 4:17 of the game) left them with only a four-point lead at halftime.

This trend would continue after the break, with the Gators surrendering three turnovers in the first 4:30 of the second half and a five more before the final buzzer sounded. The Gamecocks were stingy, only giving up six all night compared to UF’s season-high 20.

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