Gameday – 2014 SEC Tournament – Georgia Dome: No. 1 Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers

Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA [Capacity: 26,000]
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPNU (Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, Shannon Spake)
SiriusXM: 108/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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(1) FLORIDA GATORS MISSOURI TIGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Frank Haith
Record: 29-2 (18-0 SEC) Record: 22-10 (9-9 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -12 | O/U: 132

HISTORY, STATS AND STREAKS

» The Gators won the outright 2014 SEC regular-season title earned the No. 1 overall seed in the SEC Tournament, earning two byes and playing its first game Friday in quarterfinal action. The championship is the program’s second-straight title, third in the last four seasons, seventh overall and fifth outright.
» The Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals after pulling off a 91-83 double-overtime victory against Texas A&M on Thursday.
» UF is 38-45 all-time in the SEC Tournament with a 23-14 record under Donovan and three-straight SEC Tournament Championships from 2005-07.
» Florida is 2-1 all-time against Missouri, 1-0 during the 2013-14 season, topping Saturday’s opponent 68-58 on Feb. 4 in the O’Dome.
» UF enters Saturday’s regular-season finale on a program-record 23-game winning streak and at 19-0 have set a school mark for most conference wins in a single season. Its 29 wins are also the most the Gators have captured in a single season. Florida has won 28 of its last 29 games.
» The Gators are the first team in SEC history to go 18-0 in league play. UF is also the first team from a major conference, since Indiana in 1976, to go 18-0 in league play.
» Florida has gone two-straight seasons without losing at home, holding a 32-0 record since the start of the 2012-13 campaign (17-0 in conference games).
» The Gators have won nine-straight SEC road games, also a program record.
» Florida is 80-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding an opponent under 71 points in a game.
» UF is 13-2 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 11-2 in true road games this campaign with both losses coming against ranked opponents during the first month of the season. UF lost those contests by a combined seven points.
» 2013-14 was the first time that Florida has ended the regular season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Gators have achieved a No. 1 ranking in four separate seasons and currently hold a 19-5 record playing as the top team in the country.
» Florida’s senior class is the first in school history to win three SEC championships.

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Gameday: No. 3 Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers; injury updates, Chris Walker debuts for UF

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN (Brad Nessler, Dick Vitale)
SiriusXM: 85 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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(3) FLORIDA GATORS MISSOURI TIGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Frank Haith
Record: 19-2 (8-0 SEC) Record: 16-5 (4-4 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -12 | O/U: OFF

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida and Missouri are 1-1 all-time against each other with each team winning a game on their respective home court in 2012-13. The Gators and Tigers only play once during the 2013-14 campaign.
» UF is currently riding a school-record 27-game home winning streak (third longest in the nation). Florida has also tied a program record with 13 consecutive home wins against league opponents and is looking to break that record on Tuesday.
» The Gators have opened league play with a 8-0 record for just the third time under Donovan. The school record for best SEC start is 11-0, set in 2007.
» Florida is on a 13-game winning streak and has won 18 of its last 19 games.
» The Gators are 71-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding an opponent under 71 points in a game.
» UF has started 19-2 through 21 games for the third time in school history. The first two times the Gators achieved that mark, they won the national title (2005-06, 2006-07).
» Florida is 8-2 this season in single-digit decisions after going 0-6 in such contests during the 2012-13 campaign. UF is also 1-0 in overtime games.
» The Gators defeated top-15 teams in consecutive games for the fourth time in program history and first time ever in non-conference regular season play.
» Florida is 2-2 against ranked opponents this season with both losses coming in true road games and the victories occurring in a home contest and neutral-site game.
» The Gators are 5-2 in true road games this season.
» Missouri is 5-3 under Haith against top 10-ranked opponents.

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Gameday: No. 4/5 Florida Gators at Missouri

Location: Mizzou Arena – Columbia, MO [Capacity: 15,061]
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN/ESPNHD (Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, Holly Rowe)
SiriusXM: 91 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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No. 4/5 FLORIDA GATORS MISSOURI TIGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Frank Haith
Record: 21-3 (11-1 SEC) Record: 18-7 (7-5 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -5 | O/U 138.5

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida and Missouri played for the first time ever on Jan. 19 with UF picking up an 83-52 victory in the inaugural meeting in Gainesville, FL.
» Mizzou is undefeated at home this season (14-0) and beating SEC opponents in Mizzou Arena by an average of 14 points per game.
» Four Gators starters are averaging double figures in scoring. The Tigers have six players that score in double digits, all of whom play more than 24 minutes per game.
» Florida is 46-3 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (20-2 in 2012-13).
» Missouri has scored at least 71 points in three-straight games and four of its last five.
» The Gators are 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.
» UF is outscoring SEC opponents by an average of +22.8 points per game.
» Florida senior forward Erik Murphy (.500) and freshman guard Michael Frazier II (.506) are chasing school history and looking to become the most proficient single-season three-point shooter ever at UF (Kenyan Weaks – .508).
» The Gators are second nationally in scoring margin (+21.7), third in scoring defense (52.6), sixth in field goal percentage (.497) and field goal defense (.371), eighth in three-point shooting (8.9 per game) and assist-turnover ratio (1.42), 13th in assists (16.3), 16th in three-point percentage (.395) and 17th in rebound margin (+7.1).
» Florida is also sixth nationally in fouling, committing 14.0 per game.
» The Tigers are fourth nationally in rebound margin (+10.2), 20th in free throw percentage (.750) and 21st in scoring offense (76.5).

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Gameday: (9) Florida Gators vs. (16) Missouri

* Bowers is injured and will not play Saturday.

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN/ESPNHD
SiriusXM: 85 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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No. 9/10 FLORIDA GATORS No. 16/17 MISSOURI TIGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Frank Haith
Record: 13-2 (3-0 SEC) Record: 13-3 (2-1 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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WIN NO. 400 ON THE LINE FOR BILLY D

Last season, his 18th as a head coach on the collegiate level, Donovan eclipsed 400 career wins. Now in his 17th season leading the Florida basketball program, Donovan has the opportunity to register his 400th career win as head coach of the Gators.

He enters Saturday afternoon’s game with a 399-160 (.714) record at Florida to go along with two national titles, three Final Four appearances, three SEC Tournament titles and four SEC regular season championships.

Since being hired by the Gators in 1996, Donovan has also won ESPN National Coach of the Year in 2001, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award in 2006, the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award in 2010 and his only SEC Coach of the Year honor in 2011. A Hall of Fame nomination is not far off.

Donovan has also seen 13 former Florida players be selected in the NBA Draft and six former Gators assistants receive head coaching jobs of their own across the country.

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida and Missouri haven ever met in men’s basketball.
» Four of UF’s regular starters are averaging double figures.
» The Gators have held eight of their first 15 opponents under 50 points.
» UF is 38-3 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (13-2 in 2012-13).
» Florida was 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 1-1 in such games.
» The Gators are second nationally in scoring margin (+21.6), third in scoring defense (52.0), eighth in field goal percentage defense (.365) and 14th in rebound margin (+8.8).
» Florida is also 11th nationally in fouling, committing 14.3 per game, and 92nd nationally in assists, dishing just 14.4 per game.
» Missouri is ranked first nationally in rebounding (44.7) and fourth in margin (+10.9).

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