SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at LSU

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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.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Florida 0.447 0.330 0.717 193 652 197 107 68 209
Florida OPP 0.397 0.301 0.703 165 558 191 99 47 225
LSU 0.481 0.318 0.763 207 683 230 111 80 236
LSU OPP 0.400 0.340 0.710 191 560 214 113 46 225

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Statistical Leaders

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 14.8 69 98 15
Keyontae Johnson Florida 12.5 83 33 14
Andrew Nembhard Florida 10.8 66 32 19
Noah Locke Florida 10.2 60 12 41
Scottie Lewis Florida 8.6 40 49 8
Ques Glover Florida 5.4 38 9 7
Tre Mann Florida 5.4 29 15 8
Omar Payne Florida 5.2 39 10 0

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 47 104 151 8.9
Keyontae Johnson Florida 28 84 112 6.6
Omar Payne Florida 39 38 77 4.5
Scottie Lewis Florida 18 53 71 4.4
Noah Locke Florida 3 49 52 3.1
Andrew Nembhard Florida 2 48 50 2.9
Tre Mann Florida 4 23 27 1.8
Dontay Bassett Florida 11 14 25 2.1
Ques Glover Florida 6 15 21 1.2
Jason Jitoboh Florida 4 4 8 0.8
Gorjok Gak Florida 1 2 3 1.5

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Skylar Mays LSU 15.9 93 60 25
Emmitt Williams LSU 13.4 85 54 4
Trendon Watford LSU 12.6 78 49 10
Darius Days LSU 11.9 76 30 21
Javonte Smart LSU 11.7 73 27 26
Charles Manning Jr. LSU 8.0 53 13 9
Aundre Hyatt LSU 2.0 12 2 8

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Darius Days LSU 50 88 138 8.1
Trendon Watford LSU 37 80 117 6.9
Emmitt Williams LSU 46 69 115 6.8
Skylar Mays LSU 11 70 81 4.8
Javonte Smart LSU 12 49 61 3.6
Charles Manning Jr. LSU 9 40 49 3.1
Aundre Hyatt LSU 6 31 37 2.2
Marlon Taylor LSU 6 15 21 3.0
Courtese Cooper LSU 4 9 13 1.9
James Bishop LSU 1 3 4 0.3
Marshall Graves LSU 0 4 4 0.4

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NCAA RPI

Florida: 39

LSU: 23

Florida Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
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

LSU Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
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

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Scouting Report

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.

Florida-LSU Prediction

LSU 77, Florida 73


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.

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