I remember a similar situation there about 2 years ago where we needed to have a good showing (not necessarily win) to enhance our NCAAT chances. What we did was lay an egg we couldn't recover from and thus ended up in the NIT. Barring a miracle I suspect history will repeat itself.
This game is obviously important to both teams as the winner gets a step up in winning the SEC regular season (UF would pretty much clinch it with a win). This game is also huge for UF as their hopes for a #1 seed in the NCAAT hangs in the balance. Us, a 12 seed is what we are striving for (or a #1 NIT seed).
I wish we could've played this game last week when the Gators were shorthanded, but that's not going to be the case today as for the first time in about a month the Gators are at full strength.
Gator season stats
So... what scares me about this game? I dunno, maybe their .384 from 3 AS A TEAM or 49% from the field overall. They don't miss a lot of shots, so any offensive lull we might have in this game would absolutely kill us. Patric Young and Will Yeguete (first game back since @ Arkansas) inside are gonna cause havoc for Gueye and Jacobs (and Pollard), Scottie Wilbekin will push our transition D, and Michael Frazier, Erik Murray and Mike Rosario will test us from outside.
The good news? Kenny Boynton continues to struggle with his shot. Cover the others and let him fire away. :)
- +5.4 rebound margin
- 73.1 PPG
- Defensively: .375 FG/30% 3pt FG and 53.5 PPG
To be blunt, this is a HORRIBLE matchup for us, but it seems like every time I say this we end up playing out of our minds and keeping it close/pulling the upset.
Game time is noon EST on ESPN. I hope DJC pulls us through somehow.