Florida Gators basketball preview for Auburn game

What to know: #15 Florida Gators basketball at Auburn Tigers

Game Information

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 7 p.m. (ET)

Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn, Ala.

Records: Florida (20-5, 10-2 SEC); Auburn (16-9, 5-7 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 41-20 (2nd season at Florida), 142-60 (6th season overall); Bruce Pearl- 42-49 (3rd season at Auburn), 504-214 (22nd season overall)

TV: SEC Network

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected Starters

FloridaPos.Ht.Wt.ClassPer Game
Devin RobinsonF6-8200Junior11.4 pts / 5.6 reb
Justin LeonF6-8206Senior7.0 pts / 3.7 reb
john egbunuC6-11255R-Junior7.7 pts / 6.7 reb
Kasey hillG6-1175Senior9.7 pts / 4.8 asts
Kevaughn allenG6-2183Sophomore13.1 pts / 2.4 reb

 

auburnPos.Ht.Wt.ClassPer Game
danjel purifoyF6-7230Freshman11.5 pts / 4.8 reb
austin WileyC6-11255Freshman9.4 pts / 5.3 reb
jared harperG5-10165Freshman12.3 pts / 2.7 asts
t.j. dunansG6-5187Senior7.8 pts / 3.5 reb
mustapha heronG6-5215Freshman15.3 pts / 5.7 reb

 

Preview

Auburn enters the game having lost its last game at Ole Miss 90-84. The Tigers led the game by as many as 20 points before the Rebels rallied to take the lead in the second half.

Florida comes in without suffering a single loss over the last three-week span. The Gators are on a six-game winning streak, in which a different player has led the team in scoring in each game.

Last game, Justin Leon led the offense with 18 points against Texas A&M. John Egbunu posted a double-double off the bench, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Canyon Barry set a school record of 39 consecutive free-throws made in his 12-point performance.

The Tigers are very young, starting four freshmen this season. The four freshmen are the team’s leading scorers. Mustapha Heron (15.3) leads Auburn, followed by Jared Harper (12.3), Danjel Purifoy (11.5) and Austin Wiley (9.4).

Heron is also the top rebounder, averaging 5.7 boards per game. Harper leads the way with 68 assists. Heron, Harper, Purifoy and Bryce Brown have all made at least 35 three-pointers for Auburn this season.

The Gators have won nine straight over the Tigers, despite a 77-87 all-time record in the series. Florida is 25-55 on the road against Auburn but has won eight consecutive games there. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Gators dominated in a 95-63 victory at home.

Florida looks to continue its current winning streak with a 10th straight win over the Tigers in Valentine’s Day matchup.

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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.