Gameday - UF vs. Ole Miss


Published: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 7:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 7:16 p.m.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Facts

Saturday's Game

Teams: Ole Miss (9-5, 0-0 SEC) at Florida (13-2, 0-0 SEC)

Tipoff: 6 p.m.

Site: O'Connell Center, Gainesville

Radio: AM-850

TV: FSN

1. Stopping Huertas

An old friend returns tonight. Ole Miss junior guard David Huertas will play in his first game at the O'Connell Center since transferring from Florida following the 2005-06 season due to playing-time issues. Huertas ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring at 20.1 ppg, helping making up for the loss of guards Chris Warren, Trevor Gaskins and Eniel Polynice to season-ending injuries. "He's been tremendous for us," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.

2. Controlling the glass

Without a physical presence inside, Florida has been inconsistent rebounding the basketball this season. But the Gators should have an advantage on the boards against an Ole Miss team that ranks last in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding margin. The Rebels are the only team in the league giving up more rebounds (37.1) than they get (34.9) each game. Florida ranks seventh in the league in rebounding margin at +3.2

3. Taking care of the ball

Florida was uncharacteristically sloppy in the first half of its win last Tuesday over Longwood, finishing with eight assists to 12 turnovers in the first half. Don't be surprised if Ole Miss presses early to test Florida and try to generate some easy baskets.

4. Florida's bench

The Gators received a lift from freshmen Erving Walker and Kenny Kadji last Tuesday against Longwood, but with SEC play starting today, the level of competition becomes higher. With Adam Allen likely out for the season with a knee injury, Florida is currently relying on six freshmen, including walk-on Kyle McClanahan. How quickly the freshmen adapt to the league will determine how much production Florida gets off the bench.

5. The O'Dome crowd

There should be some energy in the building following Florida's second BCS football title in three seasons. Who knows, maybe the football team will make a cameo appearance, like they did two years ago when Florida played Arkansas the night after UF's BCS title win over Ohio State. Florida's crowd could play a factor, especially if the game is tight in the closing minutes.

FLORIDA

(9-0 home, 0-1 away, 4-1 neutral)

33 Nick Calathes

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-6/194

Hometown/Last school: Casselberry/Lake Howell

Stats: 17.0 ppg, 6.7 apg

15 Walter Hodge

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-0/170

Hometown/Last school: Guyanabo, P.R./Florida Air Academy

Stats: 7.7 ppg, 2.3 apg

25 Chandler Parsons

Position: Forward

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-9/213

Hometown/Last school: Casselberry/Lake Howell

Stats: 8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg

21 Dan Werner

Position: Forward

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-8/230

Hometown/Last school: Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy

Stats: 10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg

23 Alex Tyus

Position: Center

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-8/220

Hometown/Last school: St. Louis, Mo./Harmony Community

Stats: 12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Florida bench

No. Name, Pos. Yr. HT/WT

1 Eloy Vargras F Fr. 6-10/215 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg

3 Ray Shipman G Fr. 6-5/212 4.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg

4 Kyle McClanahan G Fr. 6-1/185 0.8 ppg, 0.4 rpg

11 Erving Walker G Fr. 5-8/161 8.7 ppg, 2.4 apg

24 Allan Chaney F Fr. 6-8/231 4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg

30 Kenny Kadji C Fr. 6-10/245 4.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Florida coach

Billy Donovan (298-117 in 13 seasons at Florida, 333-137 in 15 seasons overall)

OLE MISS

(7-1 home, 1-2 road, 1-2 neutral)

3 Will Bogan

Position: Guard

Year: Freshman

Height/weight: 6-1/167

Hometown/Last school: Caldwell, Idaho/Vallivue

Stats: 2.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg

33 David Huertas

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-5/200

Hometown/Last school: Humacao, P.R./Florida

Stats: 20.1 ppg, 4.5 ppg

32 Zach Graham

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-6/225

Hometown/Last school: Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge

Stats: 6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg

31 Murphy Holloway

Position: Forward

Year: Freshman

Height/weight: 6-7/225

Hometown/Last school: Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork

Stats: 8.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

21 Malcolm White

Position: Forward

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-9/217

Hometown/Last school: Baton Rouge, La./Genesis One Christian Academy

Stats: 5.3 ppg, 4.7 ppg

Ole Miss bench

No. Name, Pos. Yr. HT/WT

1 Terrance Henry F Fr. 6-9/192 5.4 ppg. 3.9 rpg

22 Patrick Spach G Sr. 6-1/165 0.0 ppg, 0.2 rpg

24 Terrico White G Fr. 6-5/211 7.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg

25 Ryan Brown G Sr. 6-2/208 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg

34 Kevin Cantinol F Fr. 6-10/248 1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg

52 DeAundre Cranston F Jr. 6-9/251 2.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Ole Miss coach

Andy Kennedy (53-29 in three seasons at Ole Miss, 74-42 in four seasons overall)

SEC SCHEDULE

Saturday's Games

Tennessee at Georgia (Fox), noon

Vanderbilt at Kentucky (Fox), 2 p.m.

Ole Miss at Florida (FSN), 6 p.m.

Auburn at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

Mississippi State at Arkansas (FSN), 8 p.m.

Sunday's Game

LSU at Alabama (Sun Sports), 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday's Game

Kentucky at Tennessee (ESPN), 9 p.m.

Wednesday's Games

Florida at Auburn (Sun Sports), 8 p.m.

South Carolina at LSU (CST), 8 p.m.

Alabama at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.

Georgia at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m.

Arkansas at Ole Miss, 8 p.m.

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