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

By Adam Silverstein
December 17, 2013

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)
SiriusXM: 91 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: WatchESPN.com | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Josh Pastner
Record: 7-2 Record: 7-1
Conference: Southeastern Conference: American
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -3 | O/U 137

» 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.

Read the rest of the Florida-Memphis gameday preview…after the break!


Active (3): Freshman point guard Kasey Hill (ankle)
Injured (2): Junior guard Eli Carter (leg – season), sophomore G Dillon Graham (hips – season)
Inactive (1): Freshman F Chris Walker
Suspended (1): Redshirt junior C Damontre Harris



The Gators looked like they were running on all cylinders in the first half last week against Kansas but faltered in the latter 20 minutes. On Tuesday, Florida has an opportunity to put together a complete game and impress both the top 25 voters and selection committee with a marquee win at MSG against a top 15-ranked opponent. UF hopes to even out its record against ranked teams this season and register a victory against the best team remaining on its non-conference schedule.

» Redshirt sophomore F Dorian Finney-Smith (#10) made a big impact for the Gators from downtown last week, hitting 4-of-6 shots from deep and looking like an efficient three-point shooter for the first time this season. Unfortunately, his is shooting a lower percentage inside the arc than he is beyond it, hitting just 36.5 percent of his field goals compared to 39.1 percent of his threes. Where Finney-Smith is really making a difference for Florida is on the glass where he’s averaging a team-high 7.7 rebounds. If Donovan can hone Finney-Smith’s natural athletic ability and turn him into a complete player, UF may have someone very special on its hands.


Like their opponent on Tuesday, the Tigers have been tested early in the season and split a pair of games against top 10-ranked Oklahoma State, losing 101-80 in Stillwater, OK, but beating OSU 73-68 in a neutral-site contest in Orlando, FL. Pastner has Memphis rolling and playing with great confidence. The Tigers are on a six-game winning streak and are looking to make a statement just like the Gators before non-conference play comes to an end.

» Sophomore F Shaq Goodwin (#2) is one of a couple underclassmen making a major impact for Memphis, leading the Tigers with 6.5 boards per game while scoring 13.6 points per contest, second-most on the team. Goodwin hits 66.7 percent of his shots but is also a defensive presence for Memphis, averaging 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He will be a tough test for both Finney-Smith and Young on Tuesday.



Young is one of three true seniors on the roster but is the only one moving his way up many of Florida’s all-time lists. He has played in 119 career games and will only add to his totals as the season progresses. Young (972) is also just 28 points away from becoming the 50th player in school history to reach 1,000.

Blocked Shots
1. Dwayne Schintzius – 272
6. Eugene McDowell – 150
7. Patric Young – 130

Field Goal Percentage (minimum 500 attempts)
1. Dwayne Davis – .641
4. Eugene McDowell – .597
5. Al Horford – .588
6. Ronnie Williams – .585
6. Patric Young – .584
7. Udonis Haslem – .584

Dunks (unofficial statistic)
1. Dwayne Davis – 168
5. Joakim Noah – 130
6. Patric Young – 120

Wins at an SEC school
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 875
2. Dale Brown (LSU) – 448
3. Billy Donovan (Florida) – 422


  1. Ken (CA) says:

    what a hilarious comment by Bilas in the irt game, it has been so uly “I wonder if they will have time to repaint the rims before the Florda/Memphis game”!!

    Blly wll definitely pass Brown, Iwould love t see him get close or Pass Rupp, though, another 20 years with the gators!

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    Adam what is going on with Devon Walker? I thought was injured. If not he has become invisible again, can’t be happy about that after how hard he worked while he was playing and how well he did

  3. John says:

    Is the reason Kasey isn’t starting is because he isn’t at 100% or do they think they are better off with Frazier in the starting rotation?

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