|SEC Tournament - Quarterfinals - Nashville, TN|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+2.6||4-1||1-0||68.8||36.0||43.5%||32.2||70.0||32.4||43.9%||39.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||71.2||33.2||26-59||43.2%||7-21||35.2%||12-20||63.3%||37||12||14||19||9||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||65.7||30.3||23-55||41.9%||6-18||33.2%||14-20||68.4%||34||9||12||18||7||14||4|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||67.8||30.2||25-60||41.3%||7-22||33.3%||11-16||67.0%||35||12||14||20||8||13||3|
|Stats Against (All Games)||68.6||31.5||24-57||41.9%||5-18||30.6%||15-22||69.0%||37||11||10||18||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||67.6||31||24-55||43.1%||6-18||33.3%||14-20||68.2%||36||10||13||18||7||14||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||69.8||33.4||25-56||43.9%||5-16||30.4%||16-23||69.3%||38||11||12||16||7||14||4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-5.8||1-4||0-4||63.2||29.6||44.4%||33.6||54.2||26.8||37.1%||37.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||72.0||34.3||26-54||48.5%||8-22||38.2%||11-16||69.7%||35||9||15||14||7||11||3|
|vs opponents surrendering||64.8||29.7||23-55||41.7%||6-18||33.1%||13-19||68.2%||34||9||12||18||7||14||4|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||69.0||32.1||25-54||47.3%||8-22||38.0%||10-15||65.9%||34||9||14||16||7||11||2|
|Stats Against (All Games)||53.2||24.0||19-51||37.3%||5-17||29.1%||10-15||65.9%||30||8||10||16||6||14||2|
|vs opponents averaging||67.8||31.4||24-55||43.6%||6-18||33.7%||14-21||68.2%||35||10||13||18||7||14||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||57.1||26.5||20-51||39.0%||5-17||31.3%||12-17||68.3%||31||9||11||16||6||13||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LSU 74.2, FLORIDA 76.7|
|1/26/2013||@ KENTUCKY||70-75||L||15.5||W|| ||-||25-63||39.7%||26||10||27-52||51.9%||39||16|
|2/2/2013||@ MISSISSIPPI ST||69-68||W||-3.5||L|| ||-||25-63||39.7%||39||17||26-54||48.1%||37||17|
|2/14/2013||@ S CAROLINA||64-46||W||0||W||136.5||U||26-59||44.1%||49||17||18-64||28.1%||34||12|
|3/2/2013||@ MISSOURI||76-89||L||14||W|| ||-||26-62||41.9%||30||10||36-62||58.1%||35||11|
|3/6/2013||@ TEXAS A&M||68-57||W||5||W|| ||-||27-56||48.2%||31||11||23-54||42.6%||35||18|
|3/9/2013||OLE MISS||67-81||L||-1.5||L|| ||-||23-55||41.8%||31||15||31-59||52.5%||36||11|
|3/15/2013||*FLORIDA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|1/26/2013||@ MISSISSIPPI ST||82-47||W||-20.5||W||127||O||31-56||55.4%||44||14||17-52||32.7%||20||10|
|1/30/2013||S CAROLINA||75-36||W||-23.5||W|| ||-||28-53||52.8%||38||12||14-45||31.1%||24||17|
|2/16/2013||@ AUBURN||83-52||W||-17.5||W|| ||-||31-54||57.4%||30||9||19-54||35.2%||30||14|
|3/15/2013||*LSU|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|LSU: The Tigers were the conference's surprise last year after adding seven games to their win total from the previous season, but they will start from scratch this season with head coach Johnny Jones. He gets back three starters from last year's squad, including 5-foot-9 guard Andre Stringer (10.1 PPG, 2.7 APG) who must improve on his 34.9% FG in order to become this team's true leader. The player who might need to step up most is 6-foot-9 sophomore forward Johnny O'Bryant III (8.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG), who displayed great potential in his first go around, but experienced the same struggle with efficiency as Stringer, making just 39.9% of his field goals. Well-rounded Anthony Hickey (8.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.8 APG) rejoins Stringer in the backcourt, but he couldn't make a basket from anywhere on the floor (38.4% FG, 31.4% threes) including a dreadful 55.3% on his free throws.|
|FLORIDA: The Gators have the talent and experience to win the SEC with three returning starters from a squad that made last year's Elite Eight and were four points shy of making the Final Four. Billy Donovan's teams are always fun to watch and led the nation last season with 9.6 threes per game. Even though Bradley Beal isn't back, leading scorer Kenny Boynton (15.9 PPG, 3.0 threes per game, 41% 3-pt FG) is and he should only thrive with more touches. Where the Gators become really dangerous though is in the frontcourt, a crew that can stretch any defense. Now-senior Erik Murphy (10.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG) made 1.7 threes per game last season on a 42.1% clip, making it difficult for any team to defend the 6-foot-10 athlete. Fellow big man Patric Young (10.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG) is more of a traditional post player at 6-foot-9, but makes the most of his chances down low making 61.8% of his field goals last year. He should be ready to become a dominant big as a junior, helping take this team to a conference crown. And the team even receives a solid reinforcement in the form of 6-foot-1 point guard Braxton Ogbueze, who should provide quality minutes and distribute the ball effectively.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (LSU-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*LSU-Florida Preview* =====================
LSU (18-11) at Florida (24-6), 1:00 p.m. EDT
Florida coach Billy Donovan has noticed something missing from his team the last three weeks.
Ball security? Sure. Rebounding? Absolutely. Clutch shots in close games? Well, that, too.
Those tangible miscues are correctable, but Donovan says he's more concerned about one intangible missing element.
"I'm more looking at the whole body of work with the way we're playing right now and I don't like our fire, I don't like our intensity," Donovan said this week.
The coach doesn't know how the 13th-ranked Gators will regain it.
It could be a fatal flaw or the thing that gets Florida back on track as it heads into the SEC tournament with a game against LSU in Friday's quarterfinals at Nashville.
The top-seeded Gators (24-6) have lost three of their last six games - all by six points or less.
Florida was outrebounded in losses at Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky, had costly turnovers late and missed shots down the stretch that could have changed the outcome.
Guards Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario and Pat Young have received the brunt of the blame.
Boynton missed two 3-pointers in the final minute against the Tigers and missed a jumper with 15 seconds to the Wildcats. Rosario turned the ball over at crucial times against Mizzou and Kentucky.
And Young was hardly a factor in all three games. He had two points and three rebounds against the Tigers, 15 points and five boards against the Volunteers, and 10 points and two rebounds against the Wildcats.
All of it is concerning for Donovan heading into the postseason.
But all of it pales in comparison to his team's recent energy and effort. He pointed to the way the Gators started both halves against Kentucky and to a lackluster performance against Alabama, a game in which first place in the league was on the line.
"I'm trying to help our team become great," Donovan said. "I'm not interested in just us kind of going through the motions here. ... I mean, the Kentucky game I'm calling timeout a minute into the game and I'm trying to inject fire and passion."
The good news for Donovan is he had five days to get his players better prepared for facing ninth-seeded LSU, a team Florida has defeated four straight times.
The Gators cruised to a 74-52 win in Baton Rouge on Jan. 12, holding a 53-34 rebounding advantage and limiting the Tigers to 32.3 percent shooting. Rosario, third on the team in scoring at 12.3 per game, sat out because of an ankle injury.
That defeat was part of an 0-4 start to league play for the Tigers (19-11), who won for the fourth time in six games by holding off Georgia 68-63 on Thursday. LSU led by as much as 23 before allowing the Bulldogs to pull within three with 28.5 seconds remaining.
"We were fortunate our guys were able to hang on," first-year LSU coach Johnny Jones said.
In a surprising move, Jones opted to start Shavon Coleman, and that decision paid off. Averaging 6.0 points on 27.3 percent shooting off the bench in his previous four games, Coleman scored 24 on 9-of-11 shooting.
"He knocked a couple down and became very confident out there and made big plays," Jones said.
LSU scored on six of its first seven possessions, which is the kind of start that Donovan has been seeking from his Gators.
"The way we started the past couple games, I think we should do a better job just coming out and being excited and being ready to play," Florida's Will Yeguete said. "We've been missing that the past couple games. As a player, I feel like you should always be ready to go, no matter what.
"We haven't had that fire the past couple games. Hopefully we can get it back soon."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:30:18 AM EST|