Florida Gators basketball preview for Little Rock Game

What to know: Florida Gators basketball vs. Little Rock Trojans

Game Information

When: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at 7 p.m. (ET)

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

Records: Florida (8-3); Little Rock (9-3)

Coaches: Mike White- 29-18 (2nd season at Florida), 130-58 (6th season overall); Wes Flanigan- 9=3 (1st season at Little Rock/overall)

TV: SEC Network

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected Starters

FloridaPos.Ht.Wt.ClassPer Game
Devin RobinsonF6-8200Junior11.6 pts / 5.7 reb
Justin LeonF6-8206Senior7.1 pts / 3.6 reb
Kevarrius HayesC6-9218Sophomore4.7 pts / 3.4 reb
Kasey hillG6-1175Senior9.2 pts / 4.2 asts
Kevaughn allenG6-2183Sophomore13.1 pts / 2.0 reb

 

little rockPos. Ht. Wt. ClassPer Game
jalen jacksonF6-6215Senior11.6 pts / 4.8 reb
maurius hillF6-5220Senior10.4 pts / 6.2 reb
lis shoshiF6-11225Senior9.7 pts / 8.8 reb
marcus johnson jr.G5-11175Senior14.8 pts / 3.2 reb
kemy osse6-1208R-Senior11.1 pts / 4.1 reb

 

Preview

It’s been 295 days since the Gators have played a game in Gainesville, but that finally changes as the team returns home to play Little Rock. After two consecutive losses coming to Duke and Florida State, Florida got back on track with a convincing 87-46 win over Charlotte.

Little Rock was on a six-game winning streak before suffering a loss to Oral Roberts last game. The Trojans are the defending Sun Belt Conference Champions and made a NCAA Tournament appearance last season. They knocked off Purdue in the first round of the tournament.

This season, four of Little Rock’s starters are averaging double-digits. Marcus Johnson Jr. leads the team with 14.8 points per game and 31 assists. Kenny Osse has hit 28 three-pointers for the Trojans so far.

Florida and Little Rock have only met one time in history. The two teams played in 2013. The Gators won 86-56 after being tied up at half-time. Kasey Hill is the only player left on Florida’s roster that played in that game. It was just the third game of his career. Hill had 14 points and six assists that night. This will be Mike White’s first game against a Sun Belt Opponent in his time at Florida.

The atmosphere promises to be great in Florida’s first game back at the renovated O’Connell Center and the Gators could use a little more confidence heading into SEC play next week.

 

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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.