The struggling Florida Gators come into Tuscaloosa riding a 3 game losing streak, but over the years we have been their slump-buster so don't think this game will be easy. The Gators have won the last 4 in Tuscaloosa.
The reason for UF's struggles are beyond the arc. They are barely shooting 35% (.346 actually) from there. Chris Walker and Jon Horford are their big guys, but only pull a shade under 9 boards/game between them.
Michael Frazier and Doria Finney-Smith lead the way in scoring (13.8/13.7) and are the best 3 point shooters on the team this year. Finney-Smith can be a matchup problem because of his size, so I'm hoping Cooper can hang with him. After those 2 the scoring drops off. Hold one of them in check and i think the outcome is positive.
This is about as bad of a Gator squad as I've seen since. Still, if they find their stroke beyond the arc tonight that will put us in trouble.
- +3.0 rebound margin
- 65.7 points allowed in conference
- +1.9 turnover margin
I think we all know how important this game is to us. Really, if we want to entertain ANY shot at the NCAAT we MUST win all of our remaining home games and steal at least 2 on the road. Win this one and I think the only other home obstacle is UGA. As far as the road is concerned I think we get one @ $tate and either Vandy/Auburn (leaning towards Vandy).