After a home win over Georgia and a road victory at Auburn, the Florida Gators basketball team moved up to No. 6 in the latest AP Top-25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. Next up, the Gators hit the road again on Thursday to play Alabama in Tuscaloosa before returning to the O’Dome to host Tennessee. The Charm City Gators will hold a viewing party at The Greene Turtle at McHenry Row for Saturday’s tilt against the Vols. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. so come on out and cheer on the Orange and Blue as they look to extend their home winning streak. We will be having a free raffle for 2 Gator Alumni shirts for everyone who comes out!
The Gators (15-2, 4-0 SEC) enter the week on an eight-game win streak that dates back to an early-December loss at UConn. In SEC play, Florida ranks third in the league in scoring (74.5 ppg) while holding the second spot in scoring defense (62.8 ppg). Put together, the Gators lead the conference in scoring margin (+11.8) while also holding the most efficient offense, knocking down 49.2% of their shots. In Saturday’s win over Auburn, seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin and Patric Young combined to score 50 of UF’s 68 points.
Alabama (8-9, 2-2 SEC) has split its first four conference contests after dropping a 68-47 decision at Missouri on Saturday. The Crimson Tide shot just 29.2% (14-for-48) in the loss with no one reaching double-digits in scoring. Senior guard Trevor Releford leads the Tide in scoring this season, averaging 18.3 points per game while sophomore backcourt mate Retin Obasoha has also averaged double figures (12.2 ppg).
Tennessee (11-6, 2-2 SEC) kept it close at Kentucky over the weekend but eventually fell, 74-66, at Rupp Arena. Before coming to Gainesville, UT will host Arkansas at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday evening. The Vols are 1-3 on the road this season after Saturday’s loss with their only win coming at LSU on Jan. 7 in their conference opener. Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes, and Jeronne Maymon are all averaging double figures in scoring this season with Stokes nearly averaging a double-double with a 9.9 rebounds per game average.
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