Florida Gators basketball preview for Tennessee Game

What to know: #24 Florida Gators basketball vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Game Information

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. (ET)

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

Records: Florida (11-3), (2-0 SEC); Tennessee (8-6), (1-1 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 32-18 (2nd season at Florida), 133-58 (6th season overall); Rick Barnes- 23-25 (2nd season at Tennessee ), 627-339 (30th season overall)

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected Starters

FloridaPos.Ht.Wt.ClassPer Game
Devin RobinsonF6-8200Junior12.6 pts / 5.5 reb
Justin LeonF6-8206Senior6.4 pts / 3.2 reb
Kevarrius HayesC6-9218Sophomore5.6 pts / 4.0 reb
Kasey hillG6-1175Senior9.3 pts / 4.9 asts
Kevaughn allenG6-2183Sophomore14.1 pts / 2.4 reb

 

tennesseePos. Ht. Wt. ClassPer Game
grant williamsF6-5234Freshman10.8 pts / 5.9 reb
kyle alexanderF6-10218Sophomore3.6 pts / 3.7 reb
lamonte turnerG6-0187R-Freshman9.4 pts / 2.7 asts
robert hubbs IIIG6-5207Senior15.2 pts / 4.8 reb
jordan bowden6-3180Freshman7.6 pts / 2.9 reb

 

Preview

Tennessee comes into this game looking to get back on track after suffering its first SEC loss to Arkansas at home on Tuesday. The Volunteers opened conference play with a road win over Texas A&M before that.

The Gators are riding a four-game winning streak, after defeating Ole Miss at home last game. Canyon Barry scored 20 points off the bench for Florida and Kasey Hill became the first player in a power conference to have 5-plus points, rebounds, assists, and steals in a league game this season. Florida also forced 21 Ole Miss turnovers, the most turnovers forced against an SEC opponent since South Carolina (21) in 2014.

Robert Hubbs III leads the Volunteers offensively with 15.2 points per game. Grant Williams comes in averaging 10.8 and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. Hubbs III and Williams both shoot better than 50 percent from the field.

Tennessee brings a huge offensive threat in Detrick Mostella off the bench. He also averages double-digits with 10.6 points per game and has made a team-leading 23 three-pointers this season.

The Gators and Volunteers are as evenly matched as it gets offensively. Both teams average 78.6 points per game. Tennessee has scored just one more point than Florida has this season, with 1,101 points to Florida’s 1,100.

Florida has a 56-73 all-time record against Tennessee, but holds a 34-24 home advantage in the series. The Gators are 0-1 against the Volunteers under Mike White. Tennessee dominated with an 83-69 win at home last season and led by as many as 30 points in the game.

Florida looks to secure a third consecutive victory at home over Tennessee. The game officially sold out on Thursday, so the home crowd will surely be ready to help the Gators out with that task.

 

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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.