Event: Global Sports Challenge
Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
|(16) FLORIDA GATORS||MIDDLE TENN. BLUE RAIDERS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Kermit Davis|
|Record: 3-1||Record: 4-0|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Sun Belt|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
TV: Sun Sports (Larry Vettel, Bill Koss) [Channel Finder]
SiriusXM: 108/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: ESPN3.com [Blackout Map] | Mobile Video: None
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter
Odds: Florida -12
PRE-GAME READING MATERIAL
» Notebook: Billy Donovan talks point guard situation, Will Yeguete’s explosiveness
» Notebook: Florida-Southern post-game report. Gators PG Kasey Hill suffers high-ankle sprain, G Dillon Graham (hips) ruled out for the season.
» The Fastbreak: Breaking down No. 14/16 Florida easing past Southern 67-53
» Story: Gators down to No. 14/16 in new top 25 polls
HISTORY / STATS / STREAKS
» Florida is 1-0 all-time against Middle Tennessee, defeating Thursday night’s opponent last season 66-45 in a neutral site game in Tampa, FL.
» The Gators are playing their third game in the last six days.
» UF is currently 3-0 in the Global Sports Challenge, an exempt tournament, with wins over North Florida, Arkansas-Little Rock and Southern. Thursday night’s game happens to be for the non-existent event title as MTSU is also 3-0 in the tournament.
» Florida is 7-1 against Sun Belt teams under Donovan.
» Middle Tennessee advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season but fell in the First Four to St. Mary’s.
» The Gators have won 18-straight games in the O’Dome dating back to the 2011-12 season as well as 19 consecutive non-conference home games.
» Florida is replacing its three leading scorers from 2012-13.
» UF is looking to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2006-07 after having its season end in the Elite Eight in each of the last three years.
» The Gators are now 4-3 against top-25 ranked opponents dating back to last season with all three losses coming away from its home court.
» Florida is 57-8 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponent under 71 points in a game.
» The Gators are 0-7 dating back to last season in games decided by single digits.
» Florida’s defense has started off allowing just 59.2 points per game through four contests, good for lowest in the SEC. Three-straight opponents have failed to reach 60 points against UF.
» Donovan is looking for his 16th consecutive 20-win season. The Gators have him ranked sixth all-time in that category behind only Dean Smith, Lute Olson, Mike Krzyzewski, Tubby Smith and Jim Boeheim.
» Donovan (418) enters the game 30 wins behind Dale Brown (448) for second-most in SEC history. He is currently the longest-tenured head basketball coach in the league.