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Men’s Basketball Travels To Fayetteville To Face Arkansas Tuesday

By on February 5th, 2013

In the wise words of rapper Jay-Z, it’s “on to the next one” for the Gators. At the moment, Florida is on a 10-game winning streak, which is its longest since the 2008-2009 season. The No. 2-ranked Gators, with their highest national ranking since 2007,  are back on the road Tuesday night taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Florida has won five consecutive road games, including four in the Southeastern Conference. The current school record for a road winning streak is seven overall and six in conference play. It’s important to note, UF has never won five straight SEC road games in a single season.

The Gators lead the all-time series versus the Hogs at 15-10. While under coach Billy Donovan, Florida is 15-5 against Arkansas.  Florida is 4-7 on the road against the Razorbacks and 4-4 under Donovan. Coach Donovan discusses what’s it’s like playing away from Gainesville.

This year’s team has been known so far, for its exceptional defensive play. It has held three opponents to 40 points or less, 11 under 50 and 15 under 60 points. The Gators also rank second in the nation in scoring defense, giving up only 51 points a game and lead the NCAA in scoring margin with +23.

Offensively, the Gators have been effective as well, shooting the ball 50 percent or better from the floor in eight of their last 10 games, including their last three. Coach Donovan says he doesn’t have an issue with anyone on his team taking open looks.

Senior guard Kenny Boynton leads UF in scoring with 13 points per game, followed by senior Erik Murphy with 12 PPG. For the Razorbacks, sophomore guard BJ Young leads the team at 16 PPG, while junior forward Marshawn Powell follows with 15 PPG. Powell also leads the team in rebounds with five per game. Coach Donovan talks about what his team will need to do in trying to slow down Young.

Arkansas leads the league with 16 assists per game, and they rank second in the league with around five blocks and nine steals per game. The Razorbacks are also forcing teams into making 18 turnovers per game.

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