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OGT: Fla vs LSU, Wed, 02/26, 9 PM, ESPN2

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  1. HallGator

    HallGator Senile Mod Moderator VIP Member

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    This will be the second meeting of the season between the Gators and Tigers with the first one ending on a controversial call over a seemingly made basket by the Gators. Final score was 84-82 in favor of the Tigers buy many Gator fans believe it should have gone into OT.

    Either way, the Gators get a chance to go 1-1 with them and notch another much-needed win.
     
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    Chris Harry's Pregame:


    Pregame Stuff: Florida vs LSU (Wednesday, 9 pm)
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    Chris Harry / Senior Writer
    A nuts and bolts look at Wednesday's home SEC game against the Tigers.

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    LSU at FLORIDA

    When: Wednesday, 9 p.m. (EST)
    Where: Exactech Arena/O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
    Records: Florida (17-10, 9-5); LSU (19-8, 10-4)
    TV: ESPN2 (Tom Hart and Andy Kennedy)
    Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (Mick Hubert and Bill Koss)



    THE BASICS
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    Point guard Andrew Nembhard (2) drives and shoots over LSU forward Darius Days during his 15-point, 10-assist outing in UF's 84-82 loss last month at Baton Rouge last month.
    Florida and LSU face off for the second time this season, in a game that figures to have significant bearing on the Southeastern Conference Tournament seeding, what with the Tigers currently tied with Auburn for second in the league standings (two games behind Kentucky) and the Gators, alone in fourth place (just one game out of second). ... UF acquitted itself admirablly in Saturday night's 65-59 loss at 12th-ranked Kentucky, but were outdone by a six-minute scoreless stretch and 1-for-9 long-distance shooting in the second half. The Gators, who had a three-point lead about four minutes into the period, fell prey to wicked 3-point shooting from UK's Immanuel Quickley's four second-half 3-pointers, but still rallied from an eight-point deficit to make it a one-possession game in the final seconds before the Wildcats hit free throws to seal the outcome. The loss was Florida's first in four games and just the second over the previous seven. LSU won a big one on the road Saturday night at South Carolina, building a 19-point second-half lead and getting out of town with an 86-80 victory that stopped the bleeding of a run of four losses over the previous five SEC games. ... The Tigers lead the all-time series, 65-48, including their home win Jan. 21 when the Gators, down 11 with just over three minutes remaining, erupted for a 20-11 scoring spree that was a split-second shy of a 22-11 run that would have put the game into overtime. Forward Keyontae Johnson's layup as time expired was ruled, upon review, to be on his fingertip when the final horn sounded. Both teams shot over 50 percent in the second half, with LSU making 24 of 31 free throws to UF's nine of 11. ... Florida coach Mike White is 5-3 against LSU, including 2-1 at home.

    PROBABLE STARTERS
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    Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Per Game
    Keyontae Johnson F 6-5 225 Sophomore 13.9 pts / 7.0 reb
    Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6-10 232 G-Transfer 13.3 pts / 7.5 reb
    Scottie Lewis G 6-5 187 Freshman 7.8 pts / 4.0 reb
    Noah Locke G 6-2 193 Sophomore 10.4 pts / 2.5 reb
    Andrew Nembhard PG 6-5 191 Sophomore 11.6 pts / 3.1 reb / 5.5 ast
    LSU Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Per Game
    Darius Days F 6-6 240 Sophomore 12.1 pts / 7.6 reb
    Emmitt Williams F 6-6 230 Sophomore 13.3 pts / 6.8 reb
    Trendon Watford F 6-9 235 Freshman 13.8 pts / 7.0 reb
    Skylar Mays G 6-4 205 Senior 16.4 pts / 5.0 reb
    Javonte Smart G 6-4 205 Sophomore 12.5 pts / 3.3 reb / 4.2 ast

    ONE TO WATCH
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    Trendon Watford was a McDonald's All American out of Birmingham and one of the most sought-after big men in the south (and one of the all-time prospects from the state of Alabama). He ignored all the buzz of any pending NCAA issues and signed with LSU and has admirably replaced the likes of departed Tigers low-post giants Naz Reid and Kavell Bigby-Williams off the 2018 SEC championship team by averaging 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds a game, while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor. Watford had 15 points and 10 boards in Saturday's defeat of South Carolina, giving him five double-doubles on the season. He's improved with the season, with his numbers in league play trending that way, as well: 14.2 points and 7.9 rebounds. Watford will be a handful for UF's frontcourt players, who will need to be on point with their box-out phase of the game, as 40.5 percent of Watford's rebounds this season have come on the offensive glass. He had 14 points, six rebounds and went 6-for-7 from the floor in the first meeting against the Gators.


    TEAM BREAKDOWNS
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    Freshman reserve guard Tre Mann (1), in his first trek to Rupp Arena, matched his career high with 13 points Saturday.
    ABOUT THE GATORS: The loss Saturday at Kentucky was their first crack at what is expected to be four Quadrant-1 opportunities over the final five regular-season games. UF went to Lexington ranked 35th in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) metric that will determine the NCAA Tournament field. Despite the defeat, the Gators opened the week at No. 33, which rates fourth-best among SEC teams, but they still have work to do. Beating LSU (No. 29, by NET) not only would be a fifth Q-1 victory, but also enhance UF's standing
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    relative to SEC Tournament seeding. There's also the matter of protecting the home floor, what with the next two games on the road (Saturday at Tennessee; next week at Georgia) and just one home game remaining (March 7 vs. Kentucky). ... Florida is scoring 72.3 points per game, shooting 45.1 percent overall and 34.2 from the 3-point line. Defensively, the Gators 66.6 points, 41.5 percent from the floor and 31.9 from distance. In SEC play, Florida is now second in overall shooting percentage (behind Mississippi State) at 46.1 percent, but still tops from long distance at 37.2. ... KenPom.com rates Florida at No. 33 overall, with the No. 34 offense and No. 64 defense. ... At Kentucky, the starting perimeter trio of Andrew Nembhard, Noah Locke and Scottie Lewis was held to a combined six points on 2-for-14 shooting, including 0-for-7 from the 3-point line, over 76 minutes. Crunched inside those numbers was an uncharacteristic 0-for-5 long-range night from Locke, who came into the game leading the SEC in 3-point shooting at nearly 53 percent and with a streak of 24 consecutive games with at least one made 3. Worth noting: Locke dropped four 3s on LSU in the first meeting. The Tigers defense is susceptible around the arc. Nembhard had six assists against UK, but also turned the ball over four times. Lewis had two fouls in just 3:22 of the first half and never really got a feel for the game, but had his moments on defense, especially late in the game when the Gators forced three turnovers over the final 1:31 to make it a one-possession game. The fact these three key players had a tough night and the game still went down to the wire could be viewed as an encouraging sign as well as a big missed opportunity on the road. ... One of the reasons the Gators stuck around at Lexington was the play of freshman backup guard Tre Mann, who equaled his career high with 13 points and banged three of his four shots from deep. Mann is averaging 9.0 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and is 5-for-11 from 3 over the last three games. ... Forward Keyontae Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds at UK, falling one rebound shy of a third straight double-double. He's averaging 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds in SEC play. ... Forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 18 points against the Wildcats, his most in 12 games, and mixed it up inside for six rebounds. He also had five turnovers. ... Backup forward Omar Payne had a tough seven minutes, failing to record a point, rebound, block, assist or even a foul in his first visit to Rupp. His fellow reserve, guard Ques Glover, had a 3 to end the first half (and send the Gators to the locker room in a tie game), and did not seem intimidated by the environment. ... ABOUT THE TIGERS: It's Year 3 under Coach Will Wade and his tenure certainly has had its ups, downs and uncertainties. The Tigers are 65-28 under Wade, including 22-13 in SEC play. That record does not include five games last March, including three in the NCAA Tournament, when assistant Tony Beneford
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    Forward Emmitt Williams and Coach Will Wade
    went 3-2 as interim head coach while Wade served a suspension amid an investigation into possible NCAA rules violations involving point guard Javonte Smart. Wade eventually was cleared after an internal inquiry, but the NCAA may not be done with the Tigers. In the meantime, Wade and his program can claim an impressive 44-13 record the last two seasons, including 25-6 in SEC play, plus the school's only league crown of the last 10 years. … LSU is averaging 80.8 points on 47.2-percent shooting and 31.9 from the 3-point line. Defensively, the Tigers give up 73.2 per game, nearly 42-percent shooting and are generous from deep at 34.9 (that number goes to 37.9 in SEC play). … KenPom puts LSU at No. 35 overall, but with an offense that is a blistering third nationally, versus the 179th defense. … Guard Skylar Mays is well on his way to a second straight All-SEC selection. He's one of the most efficient offensive players in the league (49.3 percent overall, 35.8 from 3, 85.4 from the free-throw line) and ranks third in the conference in steals with 51. Mays had 18 points, seven assists and four steals in the first meeting. ... Smart tagged the Gators for 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the win at Baton Rouge and now ranks second on the team in SEC scoring at 14.7 points per game game on nearly 46 percent overall and 37 from deep. ... Power forward Emmitt Williams might be a tad undersized, but he makes up for it in want-to on the glass. He may not get every offensive rebound (Williams is actually tied for second on his team in that category), but he's chasing them all. He led the Tigers with 19 points last time against the Gators and got to the free-throw line nine times. … Forward Darius Days has a lot in common with Williams, as far as prowess on the glass (fourth in the SEC at 7.7 per game), what with 42 percent of his boards coming on the offensive end. He's also shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. He had 10 points and eight rebounds in the first meeting, but was 0-for-5 from deep (though he is capable out there, at 32 percent in SEC play). ... Backup guard Charles Manning III was injured and did not play last time against the Gators, but since returning five games ago he's converted on 57 percent of his field goals and gone 6-for-11 from the 3-point line, including 3-for-3 in a home loss two games ago against Kentucky.


    NUMBERS WORTH NOTING
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    Swingman Jalen Hudson lets fly a 3-ball on his way to a season-high 33 points in UF's 2019 overtime loss to eventual league champion LSU.
    * 5 — Starters averaging in double-figure scoring for LSU, the only team UF has faced this season that can make such a claim.

    * 5.5 — Turnovers averaged by Blackshear the last two games, based on five against Kentucky and six against Arkansas. His previous turnover high in the season's first 25 games was three (five times). Blackshear's assist-to-turnover total now stands at 45-49, leaving Nembhard as the lone Gator with a plus count (Locke is even at 20-20).

    * 11 — Point differential of the last four Florida-LSU games, two of which went overtime. The combined score of the last four games through 160 minutes of regulation play was Florida 294, LSU 293.

    * 27 — Points scored by fifth-year senior guard Jalen Hudson (versus just three by the rest of his teammates) during an electrifying 15-minute stretch of last season's 79-78 overtime loss to the Tigers at Exactech Arena/O'Connell Center. Hudson, on his "Senior Night," finished with a season-high 33 points on 11-for-21 shooting, 4-for-9 from the 3-point arc and seven of eight from the free-throw line.

    * 2018 — The last year UF defeated LSU at the O'Dome, by a virtue of a 73-64 victory on Feb. 7. Hudson led the Gators in that one with 18 points and nine rebounds, with third-year sophomore forward Keith Stone adding 15 points.


    LAST WORD
    The Gators have played their best basketball of the season the last couple weeks, which in late-February is always good timing. Now they need to press on the gas even more and not just close out games strong, but close out the regulation strong.


    Pregame Stuff: Florida vs LSU (Wednesday, 9 pm) - Florida Gators
     
  3. The_Graygator

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    I hope if we don't beat these guys by 12 or more points, that it comes down to the last shot and they're screwed on the last shot by the refs just like we were in Baton Rogue.

    I've really gotten tired of LSU and their refs. First in football and then in basketball.
     
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    Need it and I think they’ll be ready. I expect a good showing from the crowd. Need to pounce early.
     
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    Need Locke to get off to a fast start and no early foul trouble on the starters.
     
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    I hope you beat that SOB by a hundred!
     
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    Gators in need of bounceback vs. LSU Tigers
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    As the Gators men’s basketball team prepares to avenge the last-second loss Jan. 21 at LSU, coach Mike White said Florida has a tendency to bounce back quickly after losses – too quickly, perhaps.
    But with the Tigers (19-8, 10-4 SEC) in town for a 9 p.m. match-up, and with a roster comprised primarily of inexperienced yet developing players, White knows that same optimistic outlook gives UF its best shot at rebounding from Saturday’s six-point loss at Kentucky.

    “Kids are kids. These guys, I think, I wish they didn’t bounce back quite as well. I wish losses hurt ’em a little bit more, honestly. They’re fine. Guys are in the gym. Guys were ready to work yesterday. For the most part, we’ve, after losses, we’ve bounced back positive, and if that’s not the case we won’t have a chance tomorrow,” White said prior to Tuesday’s practice session. “We’ll have to play confidently, we’ll have to play with edge and we’ve got to play more together.”

    After entering the halftime break knotted up with the Wildcats, the Gators (17-10, 9-5 SEC) struggled with subpar shot selection in the second half and would finish with 16 turnovers – miscues White once again deemed “careless,” although he admitted the Rupp Arena crowd did play a factor into UF’s issues.

    “We played a little bit rushed. It got loud, they’re defending at a high level, we have a couple empty possessions and we had too much trying to do it on our own, just trying to go make a play. It was a little bit out of character. Again, your opponent often has a lot to do with that,” White said. “We had had a good four- or five-game stretch where we were really sharing it, really moving it. Again, it’s hard to really move it against really good defenses, particularly the defenses that extend a little bit. LSU does some of it as well. That said, we’ve got to do a better job moving forward. We’ve got to do a better job against LSU moving the ball and taking the best shot they give us, regardless of who that person is on our team, and we’ve got to be OK with that.”

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    Florida feeling sense of urgency with March looming
    Evan Lepak, Sports Writer Alligator
    The margin of error for the Gators is shrinking.
    UF (17-10, 9-5 SEC) isn’t in a bad position when it comes to the NCAA Tournament and the loss to Kentucky on Saturday did nothing to change that.

    However, Florida missed out on a golden opportunity to secure its standing in the March Madness field.
    Now, with four regular season games remaining, coach Mike White and his team understand there’s little room for mistakes down the stretch.

    “Our guys know the big picture. They know it,” White said at Tuesday’s media availability. “I told them yesterday, for probably the third or fourth time, our spectrum is we could potentially make a big run in the NCAA Tournament or we could potentially not go to the NCAA Tournament.”

    Right now, according to multiple media outlets, the Gators are on the right side of the bubble, and a victory over another potential NCAA Tournament team in LSU (19-8, 10-4 SEC) tonight would make their standing even stronger. When Florida and LSU met on Jan. 21, the Tigers outmuscled the Gators in the interior, edging UF on the boards 38-28 and beating it 50-32 in the paint.
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    Where the Gators stand in bracketology ahead of final 4 games
    Brendan Farrell, Sports Writer Alligator
    With only a few days left in February and the end of the regular season looming in the distance, it’s once again Bracketology season.

    ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently projects the Gators as a No. 9 seed facing No. 8 seed St. Mary’s in Sacramento, California in the first round. NCAA.com’s Andy Katz also has the Gators as a No. 9 seed, matching them with Houston as the No. 8 seed in Omaha, Nebraska.

    They’re not alone, either. No matter who makes the projections, the Gators (17-10, 9-5 SEC) are a consensus No. 9 seed. Bracketmatrix.com tracked 103 bracket projections this year, and the good news for Florida is that it is in all 103 brackets. The issue is that the Gators’ average seed is 9.12, with only a few projections marking them as high as the eighth seed.

    Florida stands to benefit more from being a No. 7 or No. 10 seed because being an eighth or ninth is traditionally a death sentence. Matchups between the eighth and ninth seeds might as well be coin tosses, and a win only sets up a meeting with the No. 1 seed, barring another UMBC-esque miracle.
    Where the Gators stand in bracketology ahead of final 4 games
     
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  11. The_Graygator

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    What we need to be dedicated to a consistent paint game which would help alleviate the long scoring droughts we have. Shooting way too much from the perimeter hurts us a lot sometimes. We need to be more inside-outside balanced.
     
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    The big question is who will be playing in the triple overtime game that's on before us?
     
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    Next week is Spring Break and it is late Wednesday evening for tip-off. I am guessing that most students will be blowing off Friday classes so how many Rowdies will be in attendance?

    On the other hand yesterday was Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French in a Yoda kind of way) so maybe the LSU players are a little hungover.
     
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  14. HallGator

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    Right now Virginia is beating Va Tech handily. If it holds up our game should start on time.
     
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    3000 Rowdies registered for the game.
     
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    Now a 2 point game between Va and Va tech
     
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  17. HallGator

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    No OT, thankfully as UVA wins with a late 3
     
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    Go Gata!
     
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    Bwaahaaahaaaa.....and Georgia loses to Carolina in OT......

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