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A Clash of Orange and Blue, Florida v. Auburn Hoops tonight in the O’Dome

By on February 19th, 2014

There’s one word to describe this pre-game overview between Florida and Auburn: dominance.

The Florida Gator men’s basketball team (23-2) will enter tonight’s SEC contest with multiple streaks on the line.

With a win tonight, Florida would capture its 18th win in a row which would be a new program record. The Gators would also record their 30th win in a row at home, which continues to build upon a program record (previous record was 24).

When it comes to facing the Tigers (12-11), UF is looking to win its sixth straight game versus Auburn, and its 16th out of the last 17 meetings overall.

The Gators are ranked second in the polls, trailing only undefeated Syracuse for the top spot in the country.

But it’s not all smooth sailing as the Gators will welcome SEC leading scorer Chris Denton (20.9 PPG) and the fifth leading scorer in the conference K.T. Harrell (19.2 PPG) to town. In a previous meeting this season, Denton and Harrell scored right around their averages with 21 for Denton and 18 for Harrell — UF won the game 68-61 at Auburn.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee talked about getting more production from players NOT named Denton and Harrell, and says scoring off the bench need to improve to beat a team like Florida.

“That’s one of the challenges for this group. There’s no secret, the production we get from out starting line-up. We need to be more productive off our bench,” Barbee said. “That doesn’t necessarily means scoring all the time; they can’t provide that. Just providing great effort off the bench is even more important.”

Auburn is only averaging 12 points per game off the bench.

Florida freshman guard Kasey Hill is doubtful for head coach Billy Donovan and the Gators tonight as he is recovering from a minor groin injury. He was limited at practice this week and Donovan said he would most likely not play tonight.

” Right now, out for practice. My guess right now, and I’ll probably have a better idea tomorrow… I would say he’s doubtful and isn’t going to play Wednesday,” Donovan said.

This will be a one-game home stand for Florida before they head out to Ole Miss on Saturday and Vanderbilt next Tuesday before returning to Gainesville to host LSU March 1st.

You can hear the game live on Country 103-7 The Gator starting at 6:25pm.

For audio on the quotes above, click here:

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee on his team’s bench scoring

 


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