Florida Gators Basketball: New Hampshire Preview

What to know: #8/7 Florida Gators vs. New Hampshire Wildcats

Game Information

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. (ET)

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

Records: Florida (2-0); New Hampshire (1-1)

Coaches: Mike White- 50-24 (3rd season at Florida), 151-64 (7th season overall); Bill Herrion- 158-207 (13th season at New Hampshire), 392-376 (27th season overall)

TV: SEC Network

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected Starters

Florida

F Keith Stone (6-8, 245) Avg./Game: 8.5/2.5r
C Kevarrius Hayes (6-9, 225) Avg./Game: 6.5/5.5r
G Egor Koulechov (6-5, 205) Avg./Game: 23.5/7.5r
G KeVaughn Allen (6-2, 193) Avg./Game: 13.5/5.0r
G Chris Chiozza (6-0, 175) Avg./Game: 7.0/6.5a
 
New Hampshire

G Jacoby Armstrong (6-7, 230) Avg./Game: 13.5/1.5r
F Iba Camara (6-9, 230) Avg./Game: 11.0/8.0r
F Tanner Leissner (6-7, 230) Avg./Game: 13.0/10.0r
G Jordan Reed (6-0, 190) 6.0/4.5r
G Elijah Jordan (6-1, 185) 6.5/5.0a

Preview

The Florida Gators begin the Phil Knight Invitational with a campus game against the New Hampshire Wildcats.
Florida is off to a red-hot start to the season with two 100-plus point games led by a group of sharp shooters. The Gators took down UNF 108-68 last game.

KeVaughn Allen led the offensive attack with 18 points. Following up a 34-point performance in his debut, Egor Koulechov got his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Gators spread the points pretty evenly with six players finishing in double figures. After two games, Florida is just one of three teams nationally averaging at least 25 assists per game.

That may not be as easy of a task this week as Florida takes on a New Hampshire team allowing an average of just 58.5 points per game over its first two contests. That stat is a little skewed due to a lopsided 95-39 win over Wheelock College to open the season, but the Wildcats played Texas somewhat tough in a 78-60 loss on the road last game.

New Hampshire returns three starters from a team that won 20 games a season ago.

Tanner Leissner leads the team on both ends of the court as he averages a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. Jacoby Armstrong (13.5) and Iba Camara (11) also average double figure scoring.

The Gators hold a 3-0 all-time record over the Wildcats, but the two teams have not met since the start of this century.

Florida defeated New Hampshire 108-56 on the road in the most recent meeting in 2001. That could be some good mojo for a team that looks to continue its historic start to the season with another triple digit scoring game on Sunday.

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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.