Florida Gators basketball vs Tennessee Volunteers preview

Florida Gators basketball vs. Tennessee Volunteers basketball
When: Wednesday 7 p.m.
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
TV: ESPN 2
Radio: Gator IMG Radio Network
Last meeting: Florida beat Tennessee 66-49 in Gainesville last season. Dorian Finney-Smith led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was the 500th win of Billy Donovan’s head coaching career.

The Florida Gators (9-4, 1-0 SEC) will travel to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers (7-6, 0-1) on Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. This will be he 129th time the Gators play against. Florida has won four straight over the Volunteers and eight of the last 11.

Florida opened up Southeastern conference play against Georgia on Saturday with a 77-63 victory over Georgia. The Volunteers opened up SEC play at Auburn and fell 83-77 to the Tigers in a close contest.

About Tennessee:
Kevin Punter scored 31 and Admiral Schofield had 22 vs. Auburn. Punter leads the Volunteers with 22.8 points per game. Armani Moore (13.9), Robert Hubbs III (12.9) and Devon Baulkman (10.0) also sport double-figure scoring averages.
Moore is the team’s top rebounder at 8.2 per game, with Derek Reese snagging 6.8 on average.
Punter and Baulkman both have a team-high 25 3-pointers on the season, and Punter converts from the floor at a .511 clip.

Game Notes:
First year coaches
Florida is in their first season under head coach Mike White and the Volunteers are breaking in a new coach with Rick Barnes.

Diaper Dandy
Freshman guard KeVaughn Allen has scored 50 points in the Gators’ past two games. Allen was one of three major conference players to average at least 25 points per game against a pair of major conference opponents last week (Ben Simmons, LSU; Isaiah Taylor, Texas).

Dishing dimes
Chris Chiozza has dished out 18 assists to just two turnovers in the past two contests.

Win 600
The Gators are 599-623 all-time in conference play. A win over Tennessee would give Florida its 600th win in school history.

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