Gators Roll Auburn, Visit Georgia on Saturday

By on January 16, 2015. Posted in , , , , .

The Florida Gators basketball team continued its hot start to the SEC schedule by rolling over Auburn Thursday night at the O’Connell Center, 75-55.  Now the Gators hit the road for the first time in conference play, visiting rival Georgia on Saturday afternoon.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum with coverage of the game airing on CBS.  The Baltimore Gator Club will co-host a watch party with the UGA Alumni Club at The Greene Turtle in McHenry Row for the event.  So just like during football season, come rock your Orange and Blue and show those Bulldogs that Baltimore is a proud member of the Gator Nation!

Florida (10-6, 3-0 SEC) remained unbeaten in conference play this year with a comfortable 75-55 victory over visiting Auburn at the O’Dome on Thursday night.  The Gators took control midway through the first half by holding the Tigers without a field goal for over five minutes to jump out to a 26-8 lead.  Auburn never got the deficit under ten for the remainder of the game as four different Gators scored in double figures.

Redshirt junior Dorian Finney-Smith has led the resurgent Gators as of late and is averaging 14.1 points per game this season, to go along with over five rebounds per game.  The versatile swingman has been even better at the start of SEC play, scoring 16.7 ppg in the first three conference games.

Georgia (10-5, 1-2 SEC) bounced back from a tough triple overtime loss at LSU last weekend by picking up its first SEC win of the year in a 70-67 victory at Nashville on Wednesday night.  Kenny Gaines led the Bulldogs with 17 points, shooting 5-of-7 from long range.  Marcus Thornton and J.J. Frazier were also in double figures, scoring 16 and 11, respectively.

Thornton has paced the Georgia offense this season, scoring 13.8 ppg while also pulling down 7.6 rebounds per contest.  Gaines has also averaged double digits, scoring just over 12 points per game.

Florida is 25610 against Georgia under the direction of head coach Billy Donovan.  The Gators have won three in a row in the series, and six of the last seven, including last season’s 72-50 triumph in Gainesville.