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February 1, 2014

Gator Gameday: Florida vs. Texas A&M



GAME DAY LINKS: Gators aim to avoid SEC pitfalls | UF-TAMU Game Day Thread

Texas A&M at No. 3 Florida
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. EST
TV: SEC TV / RADIO: Gator IMG Sports Radio Network, Sirius 113/XM 199
Texas A&M Aggies (12-8, 3-4 Southeastern Conference)
Streak: Lost 4
Last Game: Lost to South Carolina 80-52
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Alex Caruso (leads the SEC in assists with 93) So. 6-5 183
G Shawn Smith (will be his fourth consecutive start, averaging 8.7 PPG in last three games) RS Fr. 6-4/td> 192
F Jamal Jones (made seven 3s against Houston earlier this season) Jr. 6-8 197
F Antwan Space (transferred to TAMU from Florida State) Sr. 6-8 224
F Kourtney Robinson (has three double-doubles on the season and leads Aggies in rebounding) Jr. 6-9 244

Nebraska CornhuskersFlorida Gators (18-2, 7-0 SEC)
Streak: Won 12
Last Game: Defeated Mississippi State 62-51
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Scottie Wilbekin (averaging 3.7 assists per game) Sr. 6-2 176
G Michael Frazier II (started 0 for 6 before making his last three 3-point attempts against MSU) So. 6-4 199
F Casey Prather (reached double figures in each of the 18 games he has played this season) Sr. 6-6 212
F Will Yeguete (the only Gator to have started every game this season) Sr. 6-8 230
C Patric Young (recorded 19 blocks in his last 20 games) Sr. 6-9 240




Get the defense going early
1

The first -- and one of the last -- things you really need to know about Texas A&M is the Aggies are absolutely putrid offensively. They average 66.8 points per game, last in the SEC and a number that is good for No. 283 nationally. They shoot 43.8 percent form the field and 32 percent from 3-point range. Force them to play a little worse than their averages with defensive pressure in the first half and this could get out of hand quickly.
Feed Pat Young
2

Today is the big fella's 22nd birthday and what better way to celebrate it than with a big game? The opportunity is certainly there. Texas A&M has three starters 6-foot-8 or taller but none of them should be much of a defensive match for Young if he is on his game.
Stay healthy
1

The Aggies were a one-man show in 2012-2013 and that one man -- Elston Turner Jr. -- is no longer in College Station. Texas A&M hasn't exactly found anyone to take his place and the result has been a tough season that currently is on a four-game skid. This game shouldn't be much of a challenge for the Gators but it is another 40 minutes they have to navigate through.

Donovan on Texas A&M:

"They have very good personnel. This is a team, that, this league is difficult and challenging. You go on the road to play, it's very difficult. To their credit, they got a big win at Tennessee. They beat Arkansas at home. And they've had some really good, quality wins throughout the course of the season. So this has been my opinion, they're a very good, talented basketball team."
Young on his mentality inside:

"It's been on my mind just to play within myself and be aggressive when I get the ball in the paint. My coaches and teammates are always telling me to go when I get the ball. I just try to go up there and take a good rep."



Florida 74-48: If you're one to pay attention to betting lines, the Gators are an 18-point favorite against the Aggies. In the friendly confines of a sold-out O'Connell Center, that may be a bit generous to Texas A&M. Florida is opening a homestand with one of the coldest teams in the SEC at the moment. The SEC's worst offense and best defense are on an ugly collision course.




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