Gameday: Florida Gators v. Tennessee Volunteers

By Adam Silverstein
February 23, 2010

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 9:00 p.m. (EST)

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Florida Gators No. 19/17 Tennessee Volunteers
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Bruce Pearl
Record: 19-8, 8-4 SEC Record: 20-6, 8-4 SEC
Division: SEC East Division: SEC East
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Odds: Florida -2.5, O/U 136.5

» The (recently less than) dynamic backcourt of…sophomore point guard Erving Walker and freshman guard Kenny Boynton who are averaging 29.3 points and 7.2 assists per game in conference play this season.
» Speaking of Walker and Boynton…they have hit 52 of the Gators’ 67 treys in SEC play. However, the duo has struggled from the field in its last three games, combining to shoot 12-for-54 from the field and 4-for-26 from downtown.
» Junior forward Alex Tyus…who is taking control of the front court, has reached double figures in 15 of 18 games and scored 15+ in eight of those.
» Junior F Chandler Parsons…who has scored in double figures in five straight games also has two double-doubles in those matches. He has been helping dish the ball and run the point while averaging 15.2 points and 9.0 rebounds and shooting 52.9 percent.
» Double-digit scoring by Vernon Macklin…the Gators are 12-2 when the redshirt junior transfer center finishes in double figures. He had a career-high 22 points in a big win against Ole Miss on Saturday.
» Volunteers center Wayne Chism…who leads his team in scoring and rebounding with 13.1 points per game and 7.2 boardseach contest. Chism has also posted a team-high 39 blocked shots this season.

» Tennessee leads the all-time series against Florida 69-48, holding a six-game winning streak and having been victorious in 11 of the last 14 meetings. The Gators are 12-15 overall against the Volunteers under Billy Donovan.
» Florida is 12-3 at home in 2009-10 and 81-11 in the O’Dome since 2005.
» UF is 6-3 in games decided by five points or less compared to 4-6 in such games last season; they are also 5-1 in the last six contests that were that close.
» The Gators have out-rebounded seven of their 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 has gone 57-for-67 (85.1 percent) from the line in two contests since.
» 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).
» Defeating the Rebels on Saturday, the Gators swept the SEC West (6-0) for the first time since 2003 and acquired their most road wins since 2006-07.
» A win Tuesday would give UF its 12th consecutive 20-win season, good for the longest active streak in the SEC.
» Tennessee has defeated then-No. 1 Kansas and Memphis so far this season.
» The Volunteers force 17.4 turnovers per game while holding opponents to 29.9 percent from beyond the arc.

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