Florida visits LSU on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.
By 14Powers Hoops
Team Statistical Comparison
Florida Scoring Leaders
|Kerry Blackshear Jr.||Florida||14.8||69||98||15|
Florida Rebounding Leaders
|Kerry Blackshear Jr.||Florida||47||104||151||8.9|
LSU Scoring Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||8.0||53||13||9|
LSU Rebounding Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||9||40||49||3.1|
|0||Ques Glover||G||5′-11″||176||FR||Knoxville, TN|
|1||Tre Mann||G||6′-4″||172||FR||Gainesville, FL|
|2||Andrew Nembhard||G||6′-5″||193||SO||Aurora, ON|
|3||Alex Klatsky||G||6′-3″||189||FR||Colts Neck, NJ|
|4||Anthony Duruji||F||6′-7″||213||JR||Germantown, MD|
|5||Omar Payne||F||6′-10″||223||FR||Kissimmee, FL|
|10||Noah Locke||G||6′-3″||207||SO||Baltimore, MD|
|11||Keyontae Johnson||F||6′-5″||231||SO||Norfolk, VA|
|12||Gorjok Gak||C||6′-11″||244||JR||Sydney, NSW|
|21||Dontay Bassett||F||6′-9″||236||JR||Oakland, CA|
|22||Tyree Appleby||G||6′-1″||163||JR||Jacksonville, AR|
|23||Scottie Lewis||G||6′-5″||185||FR||Hazlet, NJ|
|24||Kerry Blackshear Jr.||F||6′-10″||241||SR||Orlando, FL|
|33||Jason Jitoboh||C||6′-11″||300||FR||Chattanooga, TN|
|0||Darius Days||F||6′-6″||240||SO||Raleigh, FL|
|1||Javonte Smart||G||6′-4″||205||SO||Baton Rouge, LA|
|2||Trendon Watford||F||6′-9″||235||FR||Birmingham, AL|
|3||Parker Edwards||G||6′-3″||190||SO||Mandeville, LA|
|4||Skylar Mays||G||6′-4″||205||SR||Baton Rouge, LA|
|5||Emmitt Williams||F||6′-6″||230||SO||Fort Myers, FL|
|10||James Bishop||G||6′-2″||190||FR||Baltimore, MD|
|11||Charles Manning Jr.||G||6′-5″||200||JR||Riverhead, NY|
|12||Marshall Graves||G||6′-4″||195||SR||Ponchatoula, LA|
|14||Marlon Taylor||G||6′-5″||210||SR||Mount Vernon, NY|
|15||Aundre Hyatt||F||6′-4″||225||FR||Bronx, NY|
|20||Caleb Starks||G||6′-3″||205||JR||Lafayette, LA|
|21||Courtese Cooper||F||6′-9″||220||SO||Elgin, IL|
|24||Deshawn Thomas||C||6′-9″||250||JR||Dentsville, SC|
Florida (12-5, 4-1 SEC) defeated Auburn 69-47 on Saturday in Gainesville. The Gators earned this win with superior shooting and good defense. The Gators out-shot the Tigers 50%-26% from the field, 47%-17% from 3-point range and 78%-71% from the line. The Gators jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and pretty never looked back. Auburn did tie the game at 15 later but the Tigers would never lead. Three back to back successful 3-point shots by the Gators in the final three minutes of the game made the deficit much worse. Forward Omar Payne led the Gators in scoring with 19 points. Payne was an amazing 9 of 9 from field goal range and 1 of 1 from the line. He also had 11 rebounds to earn a double-double. Danjel Purifoy led the Tigers with 10 points. Florida out-rebounded the Tigers 44-29.
Kerry Blackshear is the Gators top scorer so far this season averaging 14.8 points per game. He’s also the Gator’s top rebounder (8.9 rpg). The second points top points producer is Keyontae Johnson (12.5 ppg). Team statistics wise, Florida doesn’t shine or struggle in any particular statistical category. In most stats the Gators are in the middle of the pack. Two areas the Gators somewhat stands out in is rebounding margin (4th, +5.5) and 3-point shooting (3rd, 33.0%). Florida does struggle in the area of blocks (10th, 4.0 bpg) and assists (13th, 11.6 apg) and steals (12th, 6.3 spg).
LSU (13-4, 5-0 SEC) defeated Ole Miss 80-76 on Saturday in Oxford. The Tigers won this game at the free throw line hitting 24/27 (89%) from behind the line while the Rebels struggled making just 9/19 (47%). LSU also outrebounded Ole Miss 47-31 but if the Rebs hit five more free throws they win. Javonte Smart led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points. Smart hit on 4 of 8 shots from 3-point range. Ole Miss was led in scoring by Breein Tyree with an impressive 36 points. Interestingly, Tyree was 100% from the line, making all nine of his attempts. Do the math and you’ll find that his teammates were 0-10 from the line.
Skylar Mays leads the Tigers in scoring (15.9 ppg). Emmitt Williams (13.4 ppg) and Trendon Watford (12.6 ppg) are the next two leading scorers. Mays is hitting 37% of his 3-point shots and 85.7% of his free throws. LSU is second in the SEC in scoring offense (79.9 ppg) and 11th in the conference in scoring defense (68.1 ppg). The Tigers are shooting over 76% at the line as a team. LSU is No. 1 in the SEC in field goal percentage (48.1%). The Tigers are also second in the conference in rebounding margin ( +7.2).
Both of these teams have looked really good so far in SEC play. This is one of those pivotal games of the season. This game is probably more important to Florida because they have a loss but the winner of this game will remain in the thick for the first for an SEC title. We go with LSU here because the are the home team and have a knack for winning close games but Florida could steal this one if they have a great shooting game.