Florida looks to extend streak vs. Georgia

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Florida coach Mike White talks to guard Jalen Hudson during the second half Wednesday against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Florida won 71-55. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Georgia (10-18, 1-14) vs. Florida (17-11, 9-6)

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Stephen C. O’Connell Center
TV/RADIO: SEC Network, 103.7-FM, AM-850
BOTTOM LINE: Florida looks for its sixth straight conference win against Georgia. Florida’s last SEC loss came against the Tennessee Volunteers 73-61 on Feb. 9. Georgia fell 78-75 at home to Auburn in its last outing.
FAB FRESHMEN: Florida’s Andrew Nembhard, Keyontae Johnson and Noah Locke have combined to score 38 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 40 percent of all Gators scoring over the last five games.CLUTCH CLAXTON: Nicolas Claxton has connected on 25.9 percent of the 58 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 9 over his last five games. He’s also converted 64.6 percent of his free throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: Georgia is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 67 points and 10-9 when scoring at least 67.

STREAK STATS: Georgia has lost its last seven road games, scoring 67.3 points, while allowing 83.6 per game.

DID YOU KNOW? The Florida defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.5 percent of all possessions, which is the 13th-highest rate in the country. The Georgia offense has turned the ball over on 22.7 percent of its possessions (ranked 336th among Division I teams).

— The Associated Press

10 COMMENTS

  1. As frustrating as it was to lose those three gauntlet games against UK and at Auburn and at UT, it would be even more maddening if we lost one of the three “can’t lose” games against Missouri, Vanderbilt, and now Georgia. Unlike football, you can have three trap games in a row in basketball, and that’s what we have here, and more so if we get caught looking ahead to LSU and Kentucky. Take care of business, Boys, and beat the Dawgs soundly! Go Gators.

  2. Florida’s been improving quite remarkably the last 5 games. But U.G.A. will make this game “their postseason” game, as they’d love to come into the heart of Gator Country and steal one from U.F. Basketball.So here’s hoping that Hayes & Hudson continue their newly found (this season) offensive success. And the “Gator team wins” march onward! Go Gators and work those U.G.A. leg-humpers silly!

  3. That turnover stat is awesome. I knew the Gators had really stepped up their intensity, but that turnover stat is a testament to what a bunch of undersized guys can do to counteract a height disadvantage. The presence of a smart low-post player who knows how to establish and hold a defensive position allows the little guys to be a bit more aggressive in going for the ball. If GA is GA and the Gators do what they do, FL should dominate points off turnovers.

  4. UGA has lost a lot of close contests of late: to LSU by 4, MSU by 1, Ole Miss by 1, and Aub by 3. The Dawgs apparently have some fight left in ’em but I expect the Gators won’t take them lightly, especially with so much at stake. Send ’em back with another loss Gators!

  5. Does anyone know what has happened to Ballard, He has played a total of 1 (one) minute in the last two games. Wonder if he has been hurt, sick or just in CMW’s doghouse for whatever reason.
    He was finally getting some minutes that were OK at best but at least it gave starters a break.
    Bassett has played quite a bit and has made some contributions around the rim.
    Would like to know about Ballard