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January 14, 2014

Gator Gameday: Florida vs. Georgia



GAME DAY LINKS: Notebook: Gators focused on more than streak | UF-UGA Game Day Thread

Georgia at No. 7 Florida
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: ESPNU / RADIO: Gator IMG Sports Radio Network, Sirius/XM 85
Georgia Bulldogs (8-6, 2-0 Southeastern Conference)
Streak: Won 2
Last Game: Defeated Alabama 66-58
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Kenny Gaines (averaging 12.2 PPG and 2.4 RPG) So. 6-3 195
G Charles Mann (reigning SEC Player of the Week with 40 points in last two games) So. 6-5 210
F Brandon Morris (averaging 9.2 PPG) So.. 6-7 215
F Donte' Williams (team leader in rebounds and blocks) Sr. 6-9 225
F Marcus Thornton (has 28 offensive rebounds this season) Jr. 6-8 235

Nebraska CornhuskersFlorida Gators (13-2, 2-0 SEC)
Streak: Won 7
Last Game: Defeated Arkansas 84-82 (OT)
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Scottie Wilbekin (scored 18 one game after spraining his ankle) Sr. 6-2 176
G Michael Frazier II (14 of last 15 shots have been 3-pointers) So. 6-4 199
F Dorian Finney-Smith (only Gators to record a double-double this year) Sr. 6-6 212
F Will Yeguete (attempted 15 free throws in last two games) Sr. 6-8 230
C Patric Young (has reached double figures in four consecutive games) Sr. 6-9 240




Control the glass
1

Georgia's 2-0 start in conference play is shocking, especially considering one of the wins came against Missouri. The big reason for both wins was rebounding. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Crimson Tide by a combined 18. The Gators were out-rebounded at home by South Carolina last week and will need another big rebounding performance by Finney-Smith and Young.
Contain Charles Mann
2

Georgia is a more balanced team than it was when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the primary source of offense, but that doesn't change the fact Mann is its best player. If the Bulldogs are going to have the chance of pulling a giant upset, they need an enormous game out of Mann. Wilbekin and friends will be tasked with making sure that doesn't happen.
Build confidence from deep
1

The Gators have missed 44 3-point attempts in their last three games. It hasn't cost them victory, and it's unlikely to be the difference in tonight's game. However, Florida needs to build confidence in this area and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

Billy Donovan on UGA without Caldwell-Pope:

"There's more options this year for their team in terms of what they had last year. Mann and Gaines were not in a position to step up to that role that maybe Caldwell-Pope was in. Now those guys are a year older and stepping into a bigger role for themselves. They've performed very well in those."
Wilbekin on playing without leading scorer Casey Prather:

"It just means that other people need to step up. I know you guys have heard coach D say all he needs is five guys to go out there, and we have the same mindset as a team. I wish he was going to be out there playing with us, but if he's not then we've just got to go out with what we've got. And I'm confident that we can win without him."



Florida 70-50: Georgia's magic is due to run out after a hot two-game start to the conference season. The Gators have lost to the Bulldogs three times since 2009, but an upset loss here for this particular Florida team would be stunning. Even without Prather, don't expect it to happen. The Gators still hold far more capable talent than the Bulldogs and should glide to victory as long as they avoid a massive lapse in intensity.




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