« HOOPS: Gators roll past Tide despite lackluster defensive effort | Main | HOOPS: Are freebies Florida's lone Achilles heel? »

HOOPS: "It's going to be a different game."

GAINESVILLE -- Two weeks ago, No. 3 Florida smothered Tennessee 67-41, as the Gators defended possessed and frustrated UT's top scorer Jordan McRae all afternoon. 

The Volunteers were a frightening 1-of-19 from downtown and held 34 points below their season average. 

Florida has been dominant defensively this season, especially inside the comfortable confines of the O'Connell Center, but Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena has been a house of horrors for the Gators for nearly a decade. 

UF has dropped seven of eight in Knoxville, last winning 81-75 in 2011. 

"It's going to be a different game. I can feel it," senior forward Will Yeguete said. "We know McRae's not going to come in and go 1-for-15 in their place."

The Vols have won four straight at home, averaging nearly 80 points per game with seven made 3-pointers. 

"If you look at their numbers at home from the three-point line, they’re pretty incredible," UF coach Billy Donovan said. "They’re not going to shoot that kind of percentage like they did (here). They are a very, very dangerous three-point shooting team and if you look at their home stats, when they’re at home, they are shooting a very high percentage from the three.”

Starting with tonight (7 p.m., ESPN), Florida (21-2, 10-0 SEC) plays four of its next five games on the road, all against the SEC's upper echelon. 

Can the Gators extend their 15-game winning streak? Which team is more likely to snap Florida's undefeated record in conference play: Tennessee or No. 12 Kentucky on Saturday?

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReSimonton

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Tough road stretch starts tonite. In Billy and this Gator team I trust. Go Gators!

Que banjos

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment