2013 Jimmy V. Classic – Gameday: No. 16 Florida Gators vs. No. 15 Memphis Tigers

Event: 2013 Jimmy V. Classic
Location: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY [Capacity: 19,812]
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Andy Katz)
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(16) FLORIDA GATORS (15) MEMPHIS TIGERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Josh Pastner
Record: 7-2 Record: 7-1
Conference: Southeastern Conference: American
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Odds: Florida -3 | O/U 137

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida and Memphis have not squared off since 1976 when the Gators beat the Tigers in an 84-83 nail-biter played in St. Petersburg, FL.
» UF is 4-3 at Madison Square Garden under Donovan but are playing in the Jimmy V. Classic for the first time.
» Donovan, a native of Rockville Center in Long Island, NY, has a place in his heart for MSG. Not only did he attend games as a child and teenager, Donovan played at MSG in college while with Providence and as a professional with the New York Knicks.
» Memphis is the fourth and final ranked opponent Florida will face in non-conference action this season. The Gators are 1-2 in the prior three games with both losses coming in true road games against teams currently ranked in the top 10 nationally.
» The Tigers are 3-0 in neutral-site games this season.
» UF is 5-4 against top-25 ranked opponents dating back to last season with all four losses coming away from its home court.
» Florida is 61-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponent under 71 points in a game.
» UF’s defense has started off allowing just 60.9 points per game through nine contests, making it the stingiest in the SEC; no opponent has scored more than 69.
» The Gators have already used five different starting lineups through eight games. Only two players – seniors forward Casey Prather and center Patric Young – have started every contest thus far.

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