The Gator men’s basketball team is back on the road tonight taking on the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station. Both of these programs are not only 2-0 in SEC play, but both teams also enter tonight’s game with big wins over SEC opponents. The Gators defeated LSU in Baton Rouge 74-52 last Saturday and the Aggies wore down the Kentucky Wildcats 83-71 in Rupp Arena.
Florida is ranked 63rd in the nation in points per game with 73, holding their opponents to 52 points per contest. Defensively UF has been tremendous, holding seven of its opponents to under 50 points and ten of them under 60, ranking the Gators third in scoring defense in the nation. From the field they’re shooting 48 percent, while on defense making teams shoot around 36 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the three point line. The Gators so far this season have been shooting 37 percent from deep, making around 71 percent of their free throws and compiling 14 assists per game to only 11 turnovers.
For the Aggies, they’re scoring around 66 points per game and holding their opponents to 59, making them third in scoring defense in the SEC. From the field, A&M has been averaging around 45 percent but allowing teams to shoot 40 percent. They have shot the ball and defended from the three point line considerably well, going 38 percent from deep which leads the SEC and holding teams to just 31 percent. From the free throw line A&M has made 70 percent of their shots, they also have 12 assists a game but commit 12 turnovers.
Senior guard Kenny Boynton leads the Gators in scoring with 13 points per game on 40 percent shooting from the field and 35 percent from the three point line. Fellow senior guard Mike Rosario is second on the team in scoring with 12 points on 45 percent shooting from the floor. Junior forward Will Yeguete and junior center Patric Young lead the team with six rebounds a game. Junior guard Scottie Wilbekin leads all Gators with four assists per contest.
Leading the Aggies in scoring is senior guard Elston Turner who is averaging 17 points per game and coming off a 40 point clinic he put on Kentucky. Turner is shooting 46 percent from the field and 44 percent from the arc. Senior forward Ray Turner is second on the team in scoring with 11 points on 58 percent shooting. Turner and sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson lead in rebounds per game with six.
Listen to all the action live tonight on ESPN Radio 850/900 starting at 6:25pm.