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OGT: Fla vs Arkansas, Tues, 02/18, 7 PM, ESPNU + UF Recap

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  1. HallGator

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    Gators need to continue on the winning track and have a good chance of doing that with the Razorbacks coming to town. Arkie, however, will be no pushover so we need to start strong and maintain it for the entire game. Our postseason aspirations are riding on the next few weeks so there is little room for faltering.
     
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    No faltering ! They need to play to their capabilities and never take their feet off the gas.
     
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    Must admit, I am wondering and waiting for the next game when more than one starter is not locked in. Against Vandy it was AN, but the bench and Key in the second half compensated for him. No more Vandys on the schedule, however.
     
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    Who's favored in this game?
     
  5. missourigator

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    Are they getting their star player back that had the knee problem? They said on SEC now he was coming back this week.
     
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    Chris Harry's take:


    Pregame Stuff: Florida vs Arkansas (Tuesday, 7 pm)
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    Chris Harry / Senior Writer
    A nuts and bolts look at Tuesday's league showdown against the Razorbacks.

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    FLORIDA vs ARKANSAS

    When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. (EST)
    Where: Exactech Arena/O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
    Records: Florida (16-9, 8-4); Arkansas (16-9, 4-8)
    TV: SEC Network (Roy Philpott and Dane Bradshaw)
    Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (Mick Hubert and Lee Humphrey)



    THE BASICS
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    Freshman forward Keyontae Johnson drives for two of his 20 points in last year's SEC Tournament win over Arkansas.
    Florida and Arkansas meet in a Southeastern Conference game between two teams with identical overall records, but separated by four games in league standings. ... The Gators, winners of two straight and four of the previous five, are coming off an 84-66 defeat Saturday night of Vanderbilt in which they shot nearly 52 percent for the game and made 10 of 20 from the 3-point line. UF, in a tie with South Carolina for fourth place, is still very much in the picture for a top-four seed in the SEC Tournament, just one game out of third place and two behind first-place Kentucky. The Razorbacks, meanwhile, have dropped four straight since losing standout guard Isaiah Joe to what is likely a season-ending knee injury. Their latest setback came at home Saturday when Mississippi State won 78-77 on a tip-in with one second remaining. ... Florida leads the all-time series 25-12, including 10 victories in the last 11 meetings. The Gators defeated the Hogs twice last season, starting with a 57-51 win at Fayetteville, then a 66-50 win in second-round play of the SEC Tournament. In the latter, freshman forward Keyontae Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, tallying the first double-double of his career. The Gators held the Hogs to just 25-percent shooting in the second half and won the battle of the boards 41-26. ... UF is 7-1 against Arkansas under Coach Mike White, including 3-0 at home.

    STARTERS (Probable Lineups)
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    Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Per Game
    Keyontae Johnson F 6-5 225 Sophomore 13.2 pts / 6.8 reb
    Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6-10 232 G-Transfer 13.6 pts / 7.7 reb
    Scottie Lewis G 6-5 187 Freshman 8.1 pts / 4.0 reb
    Noah Locke G 6-2 193 Sophomore 10.8 pts / 2.6 reb
    Andrew Nembhard PG 6-5 191 Sophomore 11.7 pts / 2.8 reb / 5.5 ast
    Arkansas Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Per Game
    Adrio Bailey F 6-6 217 Senior 6.6 pts / 4.5 reb
    Reggie Chaney F 6-8 222 Sophomore 5.1 pts / 4.1 reb
    Mason Jones G 6-5 200 Junior 20.8 pts / 6.0 reb
    Jimmy Whitt Jr. G 6-3 175 Senior 14.6 pts / 4.8 reb
    Desi Sills G 6-1 196 Sophomore 10.1 pts / 2.9 reb


    ONE TO WATCH
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    Florida didn't need to wait very long to see what Mason Jones was capable of after taking the junior-college route to the SEC. The Gators and Razorbacks opened the 2019 SEC schedule and Jones, by way of Connors State College in Oklahoma, dropped 30 while the rest of his teammates scored just 21 in UF's road win. Jones went on to finish third on the team in scoring (13.6 points per game), leading the Hogs in scoring 10 games, with his 76 3-pointers sixth-most in the league. Since the Hogs lost Joe to his injury earlier this month, Jones basically has become the team's first, second and third offensive options. In Saturday's heartbreak loss to Mississippi State he scored 38 points on 9-for-17 shooting and 18 of 21 from the free-throw line. Two weeks ago, in an overtime loss against a ranked Auburn team, Jones poured in 40 -- and that was three days after going for 30 against Alabama. Get the idea? He has six games of 30-plus points this season, including a career-high 41 against Tulsa. Jones will start the week as the SEC's scoring leader (20.8 ppg), shooting 43.2 percent from the floor, 33 percent from distance and 82.7 from the free-throw line.


    TEAM BREAKDOWNS
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    The Florida bench whoops it up during Saturday night's 84-66 defeat of Vanderbilt.
    ABOUT THE GATORS: They jumped 10 spots in the all-important NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings last week and now sit at No. 35, but with plenty of work still to do relative to the their postseason opportunities. UF has three so-called "Quad 1" wins (that's not a lot), but is 6-9 in Q-1 and Q-2 games combined and figure to have four more Q-1 opportunities on the regular-season schedule (home and away vs. Kentucky; home vs. LSU; at Tennessee), plus whatever happens in the SEC Tournament. ...
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    Noah Locke
    UF is averaging 72.8 points per game and shooting 45.0 percent from the floor and 34.4 from the 3-point line. The Gators are defending at 66.8 points per game, 41.3 percent overall and 32.2 from deep. ... Florida's KenPom.com rankings show the Gators at 38th overall, 31st in offensive efficiency and 70th in defense. ... Shooting guard Noah Locke averaged 20.0 points, made 14 of his 25 field-goal attempts and went 11-for-18 from the 3-point line in the wins over Texas A&M and Vandy last week. He's now shooting 51.4 percent from long distance in SEC play and has made at least one 3-pointer in 23 consecutive games, now the eighth-longest streak in program history. ... Forward Keyontae Johnson played just six minutes in the first half against Vandy due to foul trouble, then totaled all but two points and one rebound of his 11/6 output in the second half, running his streak of double-figure scoring games to eight straight. He also had three assists and three steals. ... Point guard Andrew Nembhard, also in first-half foul trouble, played a season-low 19 minutes and finished with just five points, two assists and three turnovers -- and yet the Gators won going away. Credit freshman backup Ques Glover for picking up the slack, especially in the first half. He came off the bench for eight points and three assists, but still needs to clean up the turnovers (3). ... Reserve forward Omar Payne also was summoned for extra minutes because of Johnson's foul issues and responded with his best game in weeks. Payne had been doing a lot of sitting as of late, as UF's coaches expected more effort as far running the floor and on the glass from their 6-foot-10 freshman. Payne delivered with five points and five rebounds in the first half. ... Forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 15 points and three rebounds against Vandy, which equaled his most points over the previous 10 games. Three games into the SEC season, Blackshear was averaging 15.1 per game, but his point production has fallen off after becoming such a focal point of opposing defensive plans. That said, he equaled his season-high of five assists against the Commodoes. ... ABOUT THE RAZORBACKS: It's their first season under Coach Eric Musselman, whose career tracked mostly through the NBA before a wildly successful four-season run at
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    Nevada, where he went 110-34, with three Mountain West Conference titles from 2015-19. Musselman and the Wolfpack won the CBI his first season in Reno, then went to three straight NCAA tournaments, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2018. In '19, Nevada was a No. 7 seed in the West Region, but was upset in first-round play by No. 10-seed Florida, 70-61, in Des Moines, Iowa. ... The Razorbacks are averaging 74.4 points, shooting 43.7 percent overall and 31.7 from 3. On defense, they give up 67.2 points, 41.7 percent and 25.3 from distance, with that latter number ranking No. 1 in the country. Those digits, especially on offense, get a little skewed because of the impact of Joe's injury. ... KenPom places Arkansas at No. 44 nationally, as well as 94th in offense and a solid 23rd on defense. ... The Hogs lead the league in steals (8.2 per game) and turnover margin (plus-4.6). They will guard. What they struggle to do is rebound. Arkansas rates last in rebounding margin at minus-10.1 and next-to-last in offensive and defensive rebounding. ... Guard Jimmy Whitt Jr. is a fascinating story. He started his career at Arkansas in 2015-16 and averaged 6.1 points, but transferred to SMU afterward. Whitt sat out the '16-17 season, per NCAA rules, averaged in double figures for the Mustangs the next two seasons, then left SMU as a grad transfer and came back to Arkansas. He's the team's No. 2 active scorer and his shooting 49.3 percent from the floor. Whitt has not attempted a 3 this season. ... Forward Adrio Bailey is a really good defender and a threat from the 3-point line. In fact, might be better to foul him when he's shooting from the arc, where he's converting at 46.2 percent, and send him to the line, where he's hitting just 51.9 percent.


    NUMBERS WORTH NOTING
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    UF senior shooting guard KeVaughn Allen (5) sizes up Arkansas's Mason Jones (13) during the 2019 SEC Tournament in Nashville.
    * .278 — Opponents' 3-point shooting percentage in SEC play, which is actually fourth in the league behind South Carolina (.257), Alabama (.269) and Mississippi State (.273).

    * .826 — Freshman Scottie Lewis's free-throw percentage, which leads the team. Lewis was summoned to the line Saturday when Commodores coach Jerry Stackhouse was hit with two technical fouls and ejected. Lewis made all four free throws. He's now made 10 in a row, and 36 of his previous 38 (that's 94.7 percent), dating to Dec. 17 win over Providence.

    * 19 — First-half points surrendered by the Gators in Saturday's win over Vanderbilt, the fewest by the UF defense in a half this season.

    * 41 — Consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer by former UF shooting guard Michael Frazier II (2012-15), who has the record that Locke currently is chasing. Frazier's string went from Jan. 23, 2014 to Jan. 24, 2015.

    * 2015 — The last time the Gators faced the Hogs without Arkansas native KeVaughn Allen, who averaged 16.0 points over his eight games against the Ozark State's flagship university.


    LAST WORD
    The Gators are coming off a very good week, but will they handle this mini-dose of prosperity better than they did earlier this season?

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  8. HallGator

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    If it's Jones, he is being shown as playing.
     
  9. 407king

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    I think it's Isaiah Joe.
     
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    Thanks, it doesn't look like he is playing.
     
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    From Chris Harry's writeup: "The Razorbacks, meanwhile, have dropped four straight since losing standout guard Isaiah Joe to what is likely a season-ending knee injury."
     
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    Arkansas is competing for a spot in the NCAA tournament so we definitely need to beat them.
     
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    We better play good, Arkansas beat Alabama on the road last week. If we win, this game will mark a turning point in the season. The last two teams had very little talent. Arkansas has some excellent players.
     
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    Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    Keep It Moving, Gators
    Chris Harry / UF Senior Writer
    Ball movement has been at the forefront of Florida's torrid shooting the last two games and will be needed again Tuesday night against Arkansas, which leads the SEC in steals and turnovers forced, as well as the nation in defending the 3-point line.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At the 14:11 mark of the first half Saturday night, Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard picked up his second foul against Vanderbilt. Like the first, it was a push-off called on the offensive end. Unlike the first, Nembhard headed to the bench and would be there for the balance of the period. The Gators led by seven at the time.

    Nembhard returned to the court to the start the second half. The UF lead was 22.
    That's because the Gators, even when Nembhard was watching from the bench, continued the ball movement that served them so well three nights earlier in a key road win at Texas A&M when they shot 51.9 percent for the game and 42.6 from the 3-point line. Against the Commodores, those numbers were again 51.9 and 50.0 percent l, respectively, and Florida prevailed 84-66 for its fourth win over the previous five on a night when nine different players scored at least four points, and six tallied at least seven.

    "It's great to see," Nembhard said Monday. "I think everybody plays better when we're moving the ball and playing together."

    That is a fact and the Gators (16-9, 8-4) will need to maintain that way of thinking — that way of playing — Tuesday night when they take on Arkansas (16-9, 4-8) at Exactech Arena/O'Connell Center, as the team looks to gain momentum heading into the most difficult part of the Southeastern Conference schedule.
    One of the shortcomings of UF this season has been an inability consistently to hit open shots, but to a man, the Gators would agree the ball did not pop around the perimeter with the speed, conviction and commitment it has the last two games on the way to making 54 of 104 overall field-goal tries (.519) and 22 of 47 from deep (.468).
    Those two-game digits helped move Florida to fourth overall in scoring offense (75.7 points per game) in league play. UF is first in both field-goal percentage (.461) and 3-point percentage (.382) in SEC competition.

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  16. gogators73

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    Absolutely must win this game. Not because we can’t get in if we lose, but because other losses are coming. This one game could be the difference between sweating on Selection Sunday vs. feeling good.
     
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    Please, please, please, don't trip up vs the piggies. It would make life much easier for me. ;)
     
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  19. missourigator

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    I know what the coach said. But it looks like a set-up. We don't plan on him playing and then he plays.
     
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    Oof. Don’t like that Joe practiced with contact. I pray he heals. But maybe in 24 hours. We have a tough enough schedule to end the season as is.