Florida faces tough test vs No. 4 Auburn

Florida's Keyontae Johnson led the way with 15 points vs. Ole Miss on Tuesday. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]

No. 4 Auburn (15-1, 3-1 SEC) vs. Florida (11-5, 3-1), O’Connell Center, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS.

BOTTOM LINE: No. 4 Auburn presents a tough challenge for Florida. Florida has won one of its two games against ranked opponents this season. Auburn fell 83-64 at Alabama on Wednesday.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Kerry Blackshear Jr. has put up 15 points and 8.4 rebounds to lead the way for the Gators. Keyontae Johnson is also a key contributor, maintaining an average of 13 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Tigers have been led by Samir Doughty, who is averaging 15.1 points.

SEC IMPROVEMENT: The Gators have scored 82.8 points per game against SEC opponents so far, an improvement from the 70.8 per game they recorded against non-conference foes.

OFFENSIVE THREAT: Andrew Nembhard has made or assisted on 47 percent of all Florida field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 15 field goals and 20 assists in those games.

STREAK STATS: Florida has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 83.2 points while giving up 68.6.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Gators have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Tigers. Florida has an assist on 38 of 75 field goals (50.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Auburn has assists on 33 of 78 field goals (42.3 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Auburn has attempted the second-most free throws in all of Division I. The Tigers have averaged 25.9 free throws per game.

This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com


  1. With Nembhard sick, Florida’s Keyontae Johnson will have to led the way again. Blackshear’s presence in the paint, where he needs to be (no more FADE AWAY JUMPERS or 3’s, please, Kerry Blackshear Jr.), is making it easier for K. Johnson to get to the rim (taking it to the hole!). Beat War Eagle! Go Gators!