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(WBK) Gators Set to Take on South Carolina Thursday

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by gatorjjh, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COMMUNICATIONS
    Wednesday, Jan. 9 2019
    Gators Set to Take on South Carolina Thursday


    Women's basketball travels to Columbia to square off with nationally-ranked Gamecocks
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Florida women's basketball team returns to game action Thursday, Jan. 10 with a matchup at No. 21 South Carolina. Tipoff from Colonial Life Arena is slated for 7 p.m. ET. as the Gators and Gamecocks meet for the 38th time.
    The contest will be streamed live on SEC Network+ with Burch Antley and Andraya Carter on the call while Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis will handle the radio broadcast on ESPN 98.1 FM/850 AM.
    Game Notes UF
    The Gators, who have led at the half in each of their first two conference contests, are in search of their first league win and their road victory of the season. Despite connecting on 11 three-pointers and limiting a potent Auburn offense to just 64 points, the Gators fell to the Tigers in their SEC home opener on Sunday. Sophomore guard Kiki Smith put together one of the best games of her young Gator career with a season-best 15 points, four rebounds and three assists and Florida held leads after the first and second quarters, but it wasn't enough as Auburn put together a 23-point third quarter to halt UF's four-game winning streak at home.
    No. 21 South Carolina, which has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 120 consecutive weeks, enters the matchup with 10-4 record which includes a 2-0 start to SEC play. The Gamecocks, winners of six-consecutive games, earned a 60-57 win at Texas A&M to open their conference slate and then went onto defeat Alabama, 62-59 in their SEC home opener. The Gamecocks' lineup features four players who score greater than nine points per game led by Tennessee transfer Te'a Cooper, who averages 12.6 per contest. 2017-18 All-SEC Second Team selection Tyashsa Harris posts a 9.8 points per game average along with a team best 4.0 assists. USC is under the direction of 11th-year head coach Dawn Staley who has led the program to four SEC regular-season titles, four-consecutive SEC Tournament titles and a National Championship in 2017. South Carolina ranks fifth in the league, averaging 75.0 points per game and leads the conference in blocks at 7.6 per game.
    Florida holds a 20-17 advantage in the series that dates back to 1979. The Gamecocks have claimed the last eight meetings between the programs after Florida recorded victories in the previous nine.
    A season ago a scrappy Florida team gave the Gamecocks all they could handle at Colonial Life Arena, as the Gators dropped a narrow 64-57 contest in Columbia last February. Taking the floor in front of 15,385 fans, Florida featured three players in double figures, paced by Funda Nakkasoglu who netted 21. After the Gators and the then reigning National Champion Gamecocks played to at even 30-30 tally at the break, USC opened the third period with an 8-0 scoring run and eventually outscored the Gators 34-27 in the second stanza to claim the win. UF led by as many as 10 points in the game and Delicia Washington finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
    The Gators and Gamecocks share one common opponent in Alabama. Florida fell in a close one to the Crimson Tide, 74-67, in its SEC opener while South Carolina earned a 62-59 win over UA this past Sunday at home.
    Following Thursday's action against the Gamecocks, Florida returns home to host Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 13. Tipoff from Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center is slated for 3 p.m. ET.
    Florida at South Carolina Broadcast Info
    Time & Date: Thursday, Jan. 10
    Live Stream: SEC Network+
    Live Stats: Link
    Radio: ESPN 98.1FM/850 AM WRUF
    Records: Florida (4-11, 0-2) | South Carolina (10-4, 2-0)
    Notables
    · The Gators have held their opponent to 65 or fewer points nine times this season, including vs. Auburn last time out, as Florida limited a Tiger offense that was averaging over 80 points per game to just 64.
    · Florida has held halftime leads in 10 games, but is just 3-7 in those contests.
    · Florida's eight newcomers have accounted for 56 percent of its minutes and 70 percent of its scoring.
    · South Carolina is one of three league teams Florida will play twice during SEC play as the Gators and Gamecocks will again square off Feb. 17 in Gainesville.
    · Since joining the Gators at semester, Danielle Rainey has scored in all six games and three times has finished with multiple three-point field goals. The TCU transfer has scored eight points in back-to-back games.
    · Funda Nakkasoglu leads the SEC in three-pointers per game (3.4) and three-point shooting percentage (.484) and ranks third in points per game (18.2). Nakkasoglu's three-point percentage ranks her ninth nationally and her three-pointers per game average is 14th best in the nation.
    · Kiki Smith, finishing with 10 or more points for the fourth time this season, added a season-best 15 points against Auburn. It was the sophomore's first time in double digits since Dec. 2 vs. Texas Tech.
    · Zada Williams has really picked it up over the last eight games, averaging 11.4 points per game after scoring 6.6 per contest through Florida's first seven. She is shooting .549 from the floor during that span; hauling in 5.9 rebounds per game. The redshirt-junior is averaging 8.5 points and 7.5 boards in UF's two SEC matchups.
    · Nine of Florida's 11 losses have been by 10 or fewer points and three have been decided by two or fewer possessions. A season ago Florida played in 15 games decided by 10 or fewer (4-11).
    · Florida ranks 19th nationally in three-pointers attempted (391) while ranking 48th nationally and third in the SEC averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game.
    · Florida has registered seven or more steals in each of the last two games (at Alabama/vs. Auburn), totaling 17 during that span. In the four games leading up, Florida compiled just 11 total thefts.
    · On Thursday, Florida will take on its tenth team that qualified for the postseason a season ago. NCAA Tournament (FSU, Mercer, Ohio State, South Carolina), WNIT (Indiana, Bethune-Cookman, Utah, UNLV, Alabama) WBI (Northeastern).
    · Florida has made 23 three-pointers in its first two SEC games.
    · UF's bench is outscoring opponent's reserves, 282-173 on the season and the Gators have held the edge in terms of bench production in 10 games. Florida's +109 margin in bench production is the fifth-highest in the SEC.
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  2. gatorbogey

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    Measuring stick game.

    Honestly thought Auburn would beat us by 20 and we did well, comparatively speaking. This is another game along those lines.
     
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Thought it would be worthwhile to post this in botht he UF & Gamecock previews mostly for the last line reminder

    Stopped by 2 practices this week the team appears to be well prepared for a topugh road game in Columbia Thursday, they had Monday office followed by a rigorous but high spirited practice on Tuesday, lots of work done on defense both days. They had 2 pretty extensive film studies so they shouldn't be surprised by what the Gamecocks show on O or D.
    The coaching staff was consistently urging the team to do a better job of communicating, the group doesn't really have a vocal leader and the communication does not come easily to them.
    Most practices the only others on the balcony are the 2 video guys but Tuesday I got to meet and chat with one of the Dads there to watch is daughter, when he sat down he called me by name ????? then he said I read your blog on NBN and my daughter said you would likely be at practice we had a good conversation, mostly about his daughter, her recruiting and observations on UF, all positive and detailed, Dad had been a BB coach for 20+ years so he knew what was smoke and what was real on the court and in recruiting.

    Most important thing from all that to me is the reminder that players, coaches and parents (family) read GC.
     
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    Is *dad* just a lurker or posts, too?
     
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    lurker I think he did not mention posting