College basketball: No. 16 Florida looks to get back to winning ways

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Texas Southern (0-7) vs. No. 16 Florida (6-1)

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: O'Connell Center

Online: SEC Network+ Radio: 98.1-FM, AM-850

BOTTOM LINE:No. 16 Florida looks to give Texas Southern its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents. Texas Southern's last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 18 Oregon Ducks 89-84 on Nov. 26, 2018. Florida lost 74-67 to Oklahoma in its most recent game.

LEADING THE CHARGE: The versatile Colin Castleton is putting up a double-double with 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and three blocks to lead the way for the Gators. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. has paired with Castleton and is putting up 11.9 points per game. The Tigers have been led by John Walker III, who is averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds.

JUMPING FOR JOHN: Walker has connected on 35.7 percent of the 14 3-pointers he's attempted. He's also converted 75.6 percent of his free throws this season.

STREAK STATS: Texas Southern has scored 61 points per game and allowed 73.7 over its seven-game road losing streak. Florida has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 77.5 points while giving up 51.5.

Florida's Brandon McKissic (23) drives past Oklahoma's Jalen Hill (1) during Wednesday night's game at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Tigers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Gators. Florida has an assist on 29 of 73 field goals (39.7 percent) across its previous three games while Texas Southern has assists on 27 of 64 field goals (42.2 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The Florida defense has allowed only 58.3 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Gators 26th among Division I teams. The Texas Southern offense has averaged 61 points through seven games (ranked 247th, nationally).

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