Florida Gators Basketball: Loyola Preview

What to know: #5 Florida Gators vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

Game Information

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET)

Where: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.

Records: Florida (5-2); Loyola (8-1)

Coaches: Mike White- 53-26 (3rd season at Florida), 154-66 (7th season overall); Porter Moser- 97-106 (7th season at Loyola), 202-207 (14th season overall)

TV: SEC Network

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio:
Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected Starters

Florida

C Kevarrius Hayes (6-9, 225) Avg./Game: 4.7/4.3r
G Jalen Hudson (6-6, 192) Avg./Game: 20.9/4.4r
G Egor Koulechov (6-5, 205) Avg./Game: 16.7/6.6r
G KeVaughn Allen (6-2, 193) Avg./Game: 13.7/3.4r
G Chris Chiozza (6-0, 175) Avg./Game: 11.7/6.4a
 
Loyola

F Donte Ingram (6-6, 215) Avg./Game: 12.3/6.9r
F Aundre Jackson (6-5, 230) Avg./Game: 13.8/4.2r
C Cameron Krutwig (6-9, 260) Avg./Game: 7.2/6.0r
G Marques Townes (6-4, 210) Avg./Game: 13.4/5.2r
G Clayton Custer (6-1, 185) Avg./Game: 13.4/4.3a

Preview

With just 48 hours between tipoffs, the Florida Gators welcome the Loyola Ramblers to town in the first meeting in history between the two programs.

The Gators must quickly move on from back-to-back losses and a very poor performance in Monday’s 83-66 loss to Florida State.

Florida had its worst offensive performance of the year so far and could not match up with the Seminoles’ length and physicality. Florida State won the game on the glass and in transition as it held a 12-2 advantage in fast break points and 51-34 rebounding advantage, including 23 offensive boards.

Despite a tough game, the Gators are still second in the nation in points per game (94.7) and lead the SEC in both free throw and three-point field goal percentage.

Loyola suffered its only loss of the season in lopsided fashion at Boise State after starting 6-0, but turned things around with a win last game.

Four Ramblers average double figures. Aundre Jackson leads the way (13.8), followed closely by Marques Townes (13.4), Clayton Custer (13.4) and Donte Ingram (12.3).

Despite playing just 20.2 minutes per game, Jackson leads the team in scoring, shooting percentage and three-point percentage.

Ingram grabs a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game and Custer leads with 39 assists and 13 steals this season.
Florida will look to end its losing streak on Wednesday before heading to New Jersey for a battle with Cincinnati over the weekend.

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Bailiegh Williams
Growing up the daughter of a baseball coach in a household that revolved around Gators sports, Bailiegh’s future working in sports was her destiny. She played four years of varsity softball at Suwannee High School and one year on softball scholarship at Gulf Coast State College. In her first year she discovered a love for journalism so she packed her bags and moved to Gainesville to finish her A.A. and begin interning for Gator Country. She is now on track to graduate from the University of Florida in 2019. In her free time, Bailiegh enjoys binge watching her favorite TV shows and spending time with her family and her two fur babies.