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OGT: Fla Gators vs #1 ranked Baylor Bears, Saturday, 01/25, 8:00 PM, ESPN

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by HallGator, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. HallGator

    HallGator Senile Mod Moderator VIP Member

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    This is a game a lot of us have been looking forward to. A matchup between our currently unranked Gators and the top-ranked Baylor Bears. Gators are coming off a tough-fought loss at LSU and a win here would look great on our post-season resume.

    Chris Harry does not have his game writeup available yet but when he does we will post it.

    Go Gators!!!!!!
     
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    Baylor Men's Basketball 1/23/2020 4:34:00 PM
    No. 1 MBB Heads to Florida for Big 12/SEC Challenge
    Baylor's 5-1 Big 12/SEC Challenge record is the best by any team in either league
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    • No. 1 Baylor carries a 15-game winning streak into its Big 12/SEC Challenge game at Florida.
    • Saturday is the 3rd series meeting – BU won in San Diego in 1981 and UF won in Gainesville in 2018.
    • Baylor's 5-1 Big 12/SEC Challenge record is the best by any team in either league.
    • Baylor's 9-2 record in conference challenge games is best in the Big 12 (5-1 SEC, 3-1 Pac-12, 1-0 Big East).
    • Baylor is 10-5 against Southeastern Conference teams since the 2012-13 season.
    • BU is No. 1 in the most recent AP Top 25 and has moved up in the rankings in 9 consecutive weeks.
    • Baylor is the nation's No. 1-ranked team for the second time in program history – No. 1 on Jan. 9, 2017.
    • Baylor's streak of 12 consecutive AP polls ranked is tied for 5th-longest in program history (all since 2010).
    • With a win, Baylor can tie the best 18-game start in program history (17-1 in 2011-12 and 2016-17).
    • Baylor's 15-game winning streak is tied for the 2nd-longest in program history (17 in 2011-12 and 15 in 2016-17) and is the nation's 2nd-longest active streak behind San Diego State (20).
    • Baylor is the nation's only program with 5 wins vs. AP Top 25 ranked teams this season (5-0).
    • Baylor ranks 6th nationally in scoring defense (58.5) and 14th nationally in scoring margin (+14.2).
    • BU is coming off a 61-57 win over Oklahoma in the program's first-ever home game as a No. 1 team.
    • BU has trailed for only 12% of game time over its last 11 games (52:52 of 440:00), but more than half of that time (30:13) came in Saturday's comeback from 12 down to win at Oklahoma State.
    • Baylor's defense has forced 15+ turnovers in 10 of 17 games after doing so in 7 of 34 games last year.
    • Baylor has held 5 high-major opponents to their season-low scoring totals – Arizona (58), Butler (52), Texas (44), Texas Tech (52) and Kansas (55). BU has held 16 of 17 opponents below 70 points.
    • BU has held 4 Big 12 opponents to 55 or fewer points, matching the program record for a season (4 in 2013 & 2017). Entering 2020, BU held teams to 55 or fewer 23 times in the Big 12's first 23 seasons.
    • BU and KU are 3-0 in Big 12 road games this season, while the rest of the league is a combined 4-20.
    • BU is No. 1 in the NET rankings with wins vs. No. 3 (road), No. 9, No. 11, No. 16 and No. 33 (road).
    • Baylor is the only school with FB, MBB, WBB & VB all ranked. Those teams are a combined 73-7 this year and all four are top-12 ranked (No. 1 MBB, No. 1 WBB, No. 3 VB, No. 12 FB).
    • Head coach Scott Drew is in his 17th season in Waco and is BU's all-time wins leader (332-210).
    • Baylor is playing its 229th game as a ranked team under Drew – BU was ranked in 2 of 2197 games over the program's 97 seasons prior to Drew. Since 2008-09, BU has been ranked in 226 of 408 games.
    • This is the 7th straight year BU has ranked top-10 nationally in offensive rebounding pct (No. 6 this year).
    • BU is the only team with 2 players on the Naismith Defensive POY Midseason Team (Vital & Mitchell).
    • Baylor is 1 of 6 Power-5 programs to win 18+ games in each of the last 12 seasons since 2008, joining Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina.
    • BU has advanced to the postseason in 8 straight seasons, tied as the nation's 10th-longest active streak.
    • Baylor is 46-11 in games against non-Big 12 teams over the last 4 seasons since 2016-17.
    • Baylor is 52-5 in regular-season non-conference games against unranked teams since December


    QUICK HITS
    • BU is 5-1 all-time in Big 12/SEC Challenges, the best record of any team in either league. Combined with a 3-1 mark in the Big 12/Pac-10 Series and 1-0 in the Big 12/Big East Battle, Baylor is 9-2 in conference challenges.
    • Baylor is 42-4 when leading at halftime over the last 3 seasons since 2017-18 (12-1 this season).
    • Baylor has won 89% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12 (160-20).
    • BU is 104-21 since 2015-16 when leading at any point in the 2nd half of a game (16-1 this season).
    • Baylor is 207-94 over the last 9 seasons, averaging 24 wins per season since 2012.
    • Baylor's 207 wins since 2011-12 are second-most in the Big 12 behind only Kansas (251).
    • Baylor is 298-141 since 2007-08, the first year Drew's staff had a full allotment of scholarships.
    • BU returned 8 letterwinners from last season, including 5 players who made at least 7 starts – Mark Vital (34), Jared Butler (21), Tristan Clark (14), Freddie Gillespie (11) and Devonte Bandoo (7).
    • Baylor returned 9 players with at least 26 games of Division I experience, including a pair of transfers who are now starters after sitting out last season – Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague.
    • Eight of Baylor's 14 players either have used or are currently using a redshirt year. Five after transferring to BU – Flagler, Gillespie, Mitchell, Tchamwa Tchatchoua and Teague, and three as freshmen — Moffatt, Turner and Vital.
    • Eight of Baylor's nine starting point guards under Drew have earned All-Big recognition (14 of last 15 seasons).
    • Baylor has defeated 8 top-10 teams in the last 4 seasons, including a 6-3 mark vs. top-10 teams in Waco.
    • Baylor has won 20+ games in 10 of the last 12 seasons after recording only three 20-win seasons in the previous 100 years of Baylor Basketball (1946, 1948, 1988).
    • The Bears are one of 11 programs nationally (1 of 6 in Power-5) to win 18+ games in every year since 2008.
    • Baylor is 1 of 14 teams nationally to appear in every postseason since 2012 (6 NCAAs, 2 NITs).
    • Baylor has the nation's 10th-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 920 straight games — the last time Baylor failed to make a 3-pointer was more than 29 years ago, on Feb. 21, 1990 vs. Texas Tech (0-8).
    • Baylor has won 6 tournament titles under Drew (2007 Paradise Jam, 2011 Las Vegas Classic, 2013 NIT, 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis, 2017 Hall of Fame Classic and 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational).

    No. 1 MBB Heads to Florida for Big 12/SEC Challenge - Baylor University Athletics
     
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    Keys for UF vs. No. 1 Baylor
    Evan Lepak and Brendan Farrell, Alligator Sports Writers
    The Gators men’s basketball team welcomes No. 1 Baylor to the O’Dome on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, making this the third season in a row that Florida has faced the top team in the country. UF has also never won a regular-season matchup against a No. 1 team, losing its last 13 attempts.
    Two of our basketball writers, Evan Lepak and Brendan Farrell, each have one aspect to keep an eye on in UF's game against the Bears.

    UF will need to disrupt Baylor’s offensive efficiency
    Baylor and Florida are very similar teams on paper, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
    According to KenPom, both squads share comparable numbers in offensive efficiency and tempo. The Bears are 25th and 290th, respectively in those categories, and because of this, they rarely turn the ball over. The team is averaging 11.9 per game, which is second-best in the Big 12.
    In order for the Gators to win Saturday’s game, their defense will need to be active and disruptive. Initially, the team will have plenty of energy thanks to the expected sell-out crowd at the O’Connell Center, so it’ll be important for Florida to get off to a positive start by controlling the pace of play early.

    Bearing down on defense
    Baylor’s defense comes into Gainesville allowing the sixth-fewest points per game in the country at 58.5. The Bears have allowed an opponent to score at least 65 points four times all season, and Oklahoma State is the only one to hit 60 points in Baylor’s last seven games.
    BU’s biggest test of the season came two weeks ago in its road tilt against No. 3 Kansas. The Bears had never won a game in Allen Fieldhouse in program history, but they came away with a dominant 67-55 victory. Baylor’s defense, which ranks 19th in the nation in field-goal percentage (.380), held a strong Kansas offense below 40 percent from the field and forced 14 turnovers.
    Keys for UF vs. No. 1 Baylor
     
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    From the Dallas Morning News recap of the Baylor v Oklahoma game

    Scary finish
    The Bears were just ranked No. 1 overall in the AP Top 25 on Monday.
    But it looked like the Bears were on the cusp of falling back down in the rankings.
    The Sooners cut what was once an 11-point lead by the Bears down to just two with under a minute remaining.
    Then Baylor’s star guard Jared Butler turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Oklahoma’s Austin Reaves got a good look at a go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner with about five seconds remaining. The shot was right on line toward the basket, but just rimmed out. Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo, the hero from the Bears’ win over Oklahoma State, hit two clutch free throws afterward to seal the win.

    While the Bears have won 15 straight games now, their last two were too close for comfort.
    The Bears will need to get back on track if they want to beat Florida on the road on Saturday. The Gators will surely be motivated as they just missed being ranked in the Top 25.
     
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  6. HallGator

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    Chris Harry's take:


    Pregame Stuff: Baylor at Florida (Saturday, 8 pm)
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    A nuts and bolts look at Saturday's mega-showdown against the No. 1-ranked Bears at the O'Dome.

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    FLORIDA vs No. 1 BAYLOR

    When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (EST)
    Where: Exactech Arena/O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
    Records: Florida (12-6); Baylor (16-1)
    TV: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale and Kris Budden)
    Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (Mick Hubert and Bill Koss)



    THE BASICS
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    Point guard Chris Chiozza (11) was magnificent in Florida's 21-point win over Baylor in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge just two years ago at the O'Dome.
    Florida and Baylor square off in the nightcap of the SEC Big/12 Challenge, with a rare O'Dome visit from a top-ranked team. ... The Gators are coming off Tuesday night's 84-82 loss at LSU, a game they trailed by 11 with 3:15 remaining (and by 10 with 1:20 to go) before taking off on a 20-11 spurt to pull within two, with a shot to put the game in overtime. Forward Keyontae Johnson converted
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    a layup at the buzzer, but upon official review the shot was ruled to have come after the horn, denying UF a chance at overtime against the Southeastern Conference's lone upbeaten team. The Bears, winners of 15 in a row, began the week No. 2, but jumped to the top spot Monday for just the second time in program history. Later that day, they survived a scare at home in defeating Oklahoma 61-57. The Sooners, down two, had an open 3-pointer in transition with five seconds left, but missed and the Bears closed the game with a couple free throws. ... Florida is 2-16 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, with both wins coming in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators defeated Duke in the 2000 Sweet 16 round at Syracuse, N.Y., and Ohio State in the 2007 national-title game at Atlanta. ... UF and Baylor have met twice, with the series even 1-1. They first played Dec. 30, 1981 in the Cabrillo Classic at San Diego, where the Bears won 72-71. The Gators' win came by an 81-60 blowout in the 2018 SEC/Big 12 Challenge at the O'Dome. In that one, senior point guard Chris Chiozza dazzled the Bears by scoring 20 points, hitting four of seven 3-point attempts, grabbing six rebounds and dishing six assists. The Gators, ranked 20th, opened a 12-point halftime lead by shooting 52 percent from the floor and ran away with the game. Grad-transfer forward Egor Koulechov had 16 points (5-for-6, 3-for-3 from deep) and eight rebounds. ... Florida is 4-2 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, including 3-1 under Coach Mike White., with wins over West Virginia in '16, at Oklahoma in '17, and Baylor in '18. The lone defeat came last January at Texas Christian. Baylor is 5-1 in the event, which is the best mark of any team in either league.

    STARTERS (Probable Lineups)
    Florida
    Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Per Game
    Keyontae Johnson F 6-5 225 Sophomore 12.7 pts / 6.7 reb
    Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6-10 232 G-Transfer 14.8 pts / 8.7 reb
    Omar Payne G 6-10 223 Freshman 5.3 pts / 4.5 reb
    Noah Locke G 6-2 193 Sophomore 10.5 pts / 3.0 reb
    Andrew Nembhard PG 6-5 191 Sophomore 11.0 pts / 2.8 reb / 6.1 ast
    Baylor Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Per Game
    Freddie Gillespie F 6-9 245 Senior 9.9 pts / 9.3 reb
    Jared Butler G 6-3 190 Sophomore 16.1 pts / 2.8 reb / 3.1 ast
    Mark Vital G 6-5 235 Junior 6.1 pts / 6.0 reb
    MaCio Teague G 6-3 195 Junior 13.6 pts / 4.8 reb
    Davion Mitchell G 6-2 195 Sophomore 9.7 pts / 2.7 reb

    More Here:

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  7. HallGator

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    Is it game time? I'm ready for this one to get underway. I think this game comes at a good time in our schedule and really believe the guys are up to this one.
     
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    Is it mind blowing to anyone other than me that UF is an unranked favorite against the #1 team in the nation!? That speaks volumes about how wide open this year is. WIN THIS FREAKIN GAME!!!!!!
     
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    Is there any info about any players sick for this game?
     
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    Florida faces another top-ranked challenge
    Graham Hall Gvl Sun
    Regardless of whether the Gators had won or lost Tuesday at LSU, a daunting match-up with No.1 Baylor awaited Florida back in Gainesville.
    While Keyontae Johnson’s shot ultimately didn’t beat the final buzzer, preserving the Tigers’ win in the process, UF coach Mike White believes his team learned from the gut-wrenching defeat – although there’s no way of knowing until the Gators tip-off against the Bears at 8 p.m. today in Exactech Arena in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

    “I think there are some positives to take from that game, sure. There were a lot of things LSU did better than we did and we didn’t respond well. But the fight from this group, especially a team without a lot of experience, of course, was impressive,” White said. “The guys just continued fighting and swinging, and we left a lot of energy out there on the court, and gave ourselves a chance to make it really interesting. We were literally a split-second away from extending the game on the road with our backs against the wall. So, a lot of positives. But we have to continue to get better and clean some stuff up.”

    Trailing 79-69 with just 1:20 remaining in regulation in Baton Rouge, UF managed to cut the deficit to just one point over the next 49 seconds of play, yet came up just a split-second short upon the review.

    White credited Florida’s fearless shooting in the closing minutes with making the game winnable – a mentality the fifth-year UF coach acknowledged must carry over into Saturday’s match-up, and beyond.
    “I think good teams just do that, you know. Good shooters have courage, and confidence, and it’s unflappable, and they’re like that whether they make five in a row or miss five in a row. The next one they think is going in,” White said. “And we want all of our shooters to become better shooters. And so hopefully that’s something that they can learn from, that when you shoot it with that mentality, where you’ve got nothing to lose, you know, it’s a good shot, so let’s just let it fly. Let’s not worry about the outcome. Let’s just stay in the moment and shoot it. Hopefully it’s another just teaching point for these guys.”
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    I hope we come out with the fire and effort we had against Auburn. Pedal to the metal and never let up.
     
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    UF men’s basketball

    Gators eager for shot at No. 1

    UF embracing opportunity to breakthrough against Baylor
    By Kyle Wood Sentinel Sports
    GAINESVILLE — Florida Gators coach Mike White has faced steep challenges during his time at the helm of the UF basketball program.
    White’s squads have faced the No. 1 team in the country three times during five years and are winless against the nation’s top team. Where others see challenge, though, White sees a chance for his team to prove itself.
    “At Florida, you get a bunch of great opportunities,” he said on Friday.
    UF takes on its fourth No. 1 team under White Saturday night when Baylor visits Gainesville. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN.

    “I’m thankful for another one,” he said.

    The Gators (12-6, 4-2 SEC) took down then-No. 4 Auburn at home a week ago during a convincing 69-47 rout that propelled UF to receive votes in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll. But Florida followed that performance with a last-second loss on the road to LSU on Tuesday night.

    Florida hasn’t lost at home since Nov. 10 and overcame offensive struggles that plagued the team prior to SEC play. Those deficiencies were on display during the early November home loss to Florida State during which the Gators shot below 30% from the field.

    During its first nine games this season, UF failed to top 80 points. During the past nine games, Florida has hit that mark five times and has two 100-point outings.
    “Our shot selection is so much better than what it was early on and the overall understanding of just what we’re trying to accomplish when we have the ball,” White said.
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    I feel good about our chances to win this game. I think our Gatorboyz will come out with a chip on their shoulder due to the LSU game. Hopefully CMW will let the guys play more uptempo and press a little bit.
    I also hope that AN and KBJ and the rest of the team are illness-free and ready to play.
     
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    Gators, O'Dome Brace for No. 1 Baylor
    Chris Harry / Senior Writer UAA
    The Bears, out of the Big 12 Conference, will be just the second program (other than Kentucky) ever to play a game at Florida ranked No. 1 in the nation.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From the time the Associated Press first started ranking college basketball teams in 1949, Florida went 66 years without facing an opponent ranked No. 1 in the nation that was not Kentucky. Five different Gators coaches combined to go 0-11 against top-ranked Wildcats teams, with future Hall-of-Famer Billy Donovan on the sidelines for the last five.

    Mike White arrived in 2015. When his Gators (12-6) square Saturday against Baylor (16-1) at Exactech Arena/O'Connell Center in the 2020 renewal of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, White will be starring down his fourth different No. 1 team team in five seasons. And none of them being Kentucky. "Is that fortunate or unfortunate?" White asked Friday.

    That, of course, depends on the outcome. The Gators already have played one of the most challenging non-league schedules in the nation — the sixth most-difficult among Power Six conference teams and first in the Southeastern Conference, according to KenPom.com — and now get a visit from the Bears, who bring a guard-heavy lineup that will unfold across the O'Dome floor one of the best defenses and across-the-board group of rebounders in the land.
    Baylor is the first No. 1 to come to town since Kentucky's runaway train of 2015 that won its first 38 games, including a 68-61 victory over Donovan's last UF team, before falling to Wisconsin at the Final Four.

    White was in place the following fall and immediately was rewarded with a trip to face No. 1 Michigan State on the road early in the season. Two seasons later, it was No. 1 Duke in the PK80 Invitational at Portland, Ore. Last year, the Gators got Tennessee on the road when the Volunteers ascended to the top of the poll. UF lost all four of those games. In fact, the Gators are 2-16 all-time against No. 1s, with both victories coming in the NCAA Tournament.

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    ZING!!! Hahahahhhaa, Coach White must be getting zinger lessons from SOS. Love it!
     
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    We gotta have a paint game to beat Baylor, and we need Blackshear in.

    That said, i've made it clear I am no Mike White fan but the officials absolutely screwed us in the last minute at LSU Tuesday night. It was pure home cooking.

    Would love to have had that winning momentum going into this game. Is it true we are favored to win?!
     
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    Yes we are the favorites at -2.
    A #1 ranked team being underdogs vs an unranked opponent.
     
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    Well let's keep our fingers crossed. If we can get a big game from Blackshear we definitely have a chance.