Battle 4 Atlantis Gameday: No. 18 Florida Gators vs. Georgetown Hoyas


Location: Imperial Arena – Paradise Island, Bahamas [Capacity: 3,500]
Time: 9:30 p.m. EST

TV: AXS TV (Kenny Rice, Seth Davis, Tom Walsh)
Channels: AT&T U-verse (1106), Cox (199), DirecTV (340), Dish Network (167), Verizon FiOS (569) [Other: Channel Finder]
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No. 18 FLORIDA GATORS GEORGETOWN HOYAS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: John Thompson III
Record: 2-1 Record: 3-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big East

Odds: Florida +1 | O/U 127.5

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TWO BITS: Georgetown game, Donnie Jones

1 » The Navy-Marine Corps Classic on Nov. 9 aboard the USS Bataan at Navy Mayport Station in Jacksonville, FL was suspended at halftime after condensation that landed on the court made for unsafe playing conditions. At the time of game stoppage, the Florida Gators led the Georgetown Hoyas by four points. The game itself is currently classified as an exhibition as there was not a victor but that could very well change if an agreement between the two schools can be reached over the next few weeks. “Our school has reached out to Georgetown about completing and finishing the game,” head coach Billy Donovan revealed Tuesday evening. “There are some dates and there are some possibilities of that happening.”

The Gators would likely reimburse the Hoyas for a portion of their travel expenses considering the team would have to fly in to Jacksonville to play in an arena while UF would just have to drive a few hours. Donovan said there are a few dates in early January that work for both teams and the game would be forced to begin where it left off by NCAA rules. USA Today spoke with Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, who said that his team is also interested though nothing is set in stone yet. “I’m not opposed to it. We’ve got to see what happens. A whole lot of things have to fall into place,” he said.

2 » Donovan on Tuesday emphatically defended the character of former Florida assistant coach Donnie Jones, who has been the head coach of the Central Florida Knights since the 2010-11 season. UCF under Jones was recently found guilty of being involved with runners for sports agents and paying recruits. The basketball team received a one-year postseason ban, five years of probation and scholarship reductions; it was also forced to vacate all victories from the 2010-11 campaign. Jones himself was hit with a three-year show-cause penalty and is limited in how he can recruit players this season. Below is what Donovan had to say about the entire situation:

“Oh yeah, I spent a lot of time talking to him. I really personally thought it was really unfortunate. Donnie is a good, good person in this profession. I think the hardest thing that sometimes as human beings you go through is, you go through what he’s going through and all of a sudden people think that, well, he’s not doing his business the right way. That couldn’t be anything further from the truth. I spent a lot of time…obviously with how serious the matter, he couldn’t share a lot with me, but I wanted to spend time on the phone just kind of letting him know I’m there.

“I would tell you this right now: There’s a lot of things in terms of NCAA and decisions that are made. People get show-causes put on them and everything else. I know Donnie Jones. I worked with him for 13 years. He is good for college basketball. He is good for those kids at Central Florida. He’s a great family man. He’s a great father. He’s a great husband. He is the salt of the Earth. There is not a better human being.

“I think some of the things that happened, in my opinion as I look at college basketball, were very, very unfortunate. With that being said, I just tried to be there for him. … He is good for college basketball. There’s a lot of bigger problems in college basketball than Donnie Jones. To me, what happened to him does not reflect who he is as a coach, a person, his integrity, his character and what he stands for. I will stand behind that for as long as the day is because that’s what he is. That whole thing that happened, again, I don’t know all the ins and outs of what happened, but that guy is a quality human being, to me, that got dragged through the mud and it was not deserved.”

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No losers Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Classic

The 2012 Navy-Marine Corps Classic was not supposed to end with the head coaches of the participating schools apologizing for ending the game at halftime. Yet while Billy Donovan of the No. 10 Florida Gators and John Thompson III of the Georgetown Hoyas echoed each other’s sentiments and explained that player safety was of paramount importance, the jam-packed 3,500-person crowd on the USS Bataan nodded in agreement and ultimately left just as happy as if it had watched a full game.

“We were very, very disappointed,” said Donovan, explaining to the crowd that condensation that accumulated on the court at halftime would not allow the game to continued. “We certainly want to play. The problem is the floor right now. We do not want anybody to get hurt out here.” [Video at end of story.]

Florida led Georgetown 27-23 at the half. Gators junior forward Will Yeguete once again showed improved offensive proficiency, going 4-for-5 for the field for a game-high eight points and adding a team-high four rebounds.

Both teams went into the locker rooms with their respective coaches trying to figure out how to win the second half but emerged to see dozens of staff members on their hands and knees trying to dry up the gathered condensation off the court.

The squads eventually returned to the hardwood for shoot around; however, when the buzzer sounded to end the session, the court remained soaked and the game was called to ensure the players were not harmed physically.

Florida and Georgetown, which had already spent a full day on Thursday at Navy Mayport Station in Jacksonville, FL meeting with members of the military, taking pictures and signing autographs, were not quick to get off the ship.

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Navy-Marine Corps Classic – Jacksonville, FL – No. 10 Florida Gators vs. Georgetown Hoyas

Event: Navy-Marine Corps Classic
Location: USS Bataan at Navy Station Mayport – Jacksonville, FL [Capacity: 3,500]
Weather Forecast: 51°F, clear, winds NE at 3 mph
Time: 21:15 EDT

TV: NBC Sports Network (Tom Hammond, Stan Van Gundy, Carolyn Manno) [Channel]
SiriusXM: 136/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: None | Mobile Video: None
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No. 10 FLORIDA GATORS GEORGETOWN HOYAS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: John Thompson III
Record: 0-0 Record: 0-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big East
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -5 | O/U 123.5

HOMEWORK

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Preparing for windy, cold outdoor game | Casey Prather concussed, again | Scottie Wilbekin suspended

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida is 2-2 all-time against Georgetown but has been victorious in each of the last two meetings. The Gators are 16-10 against Big East teams overall under Donovan.
» UF has won 21-straight season openers (16-in-a-row under Donovan) dating back to 1991. Florida normally dominates its first game of the season but is playing a much more difficult opponent this time around.
» One season ago, the Gators led the nation in three-pointers by netting 9.8 per contest. UF was so proficient from beyond the arc that the team connected on 10 or more treys in 22 games during the 2011-12 campaign.
» Florida was 10th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3 in 2011-12.
» The Gators were 25-1 last season when holding opponents under 71 points.
» 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.
» Three Gators players, 10 coaches and paid staff members, and six members of the student staff have military connections in their families.
» The USS Bataan (LHD 5) is an amphibious assault ship and part of the Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG). It often holds up to 3,200 crewmen and troops and can “embark, transport, deploy, command and fully support all elements of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).”
» The USS Bataan is 844 feet long with a 267-foot long deck.

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