Florida vs. Tennessee Preview

Inside is a break down of the Gators upcoming basketball game vs. the Volunteers...

Tip  5:00 pm

Location  Thompson Boling Arena (24,535)

TV  SEC-TV. Eddie Fogler and Dave Neal call the action.

Radio Gator Radio Network. Mick Hubert and Mark Wise call the action.

Coaches  Billy Donovan is 144-68 in his seventh season at Florida and 179-88 in his ninth year as a head coach. Buzz Peterson is 29-22 in his second year at Tennessee and 134-72 in his seventh season as a head coach.

The Gators play Tennessee for the second and final time during the regular season to-night after defeating the Vols 77-64 in Gainesville on Jan. 15... It's only the second outing with an SEC East team in their last five games...UF's 9-1 conference start is the best in school history...Florida became only the second Division I team to reach the 20-win mark with a victory over Ole Miss, joining Creighton...Reaching the 20-win mark on Feb. 12 is the earliest a Gator team has ever reached the mark, as the 1986-87 team reached 20 wins on Feb. 14...It is the fifth straight year the Gators have won 20 games, a first in school history...Florida fell three spots to No. 4 in the AP poll and four spots to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll after holding the top ranking last week for the first time in school history...The Gators have won 116 games in the last four-plus years, which is the best total in the SEC...The Gators have won 17 of the last 23 meetings with ranked opponents and are 5-1 this season...Florida has won 18 road conference games over the past four seasons, the highest total in the SEC during that stretch...The Gators have won 42 games away from Gainesville since the 1999-2000 season...Florida is 3-1 on the road in SEC play this season with wins at Mississippi State, South Carolina and LSU...The Gators are 5-1 overall in road games this year and 7-3 away from the O'Dome....Over the past three games, the Gators have hit 51-of-56 free throws (.911)...The Gator bench contributed 45 points in the Gators' last outing, just 10 points shy of Ole Miss' final total of 55 points....The Gators have won five straight overall against Tennessee including two straight at Thompson Boling Arena...The Florida senior class is 5-2 against the Vols.

Tennessee enters tonight's game red hot, winners of five consecutive games and in the thick of the SEC East race with a 6-3 mark...Since Jan. 1, the Vols only losses have come to No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 Kentucky, No. 4 Florida and No. 20 Georgia...The Vols have also come up with wins against Georgia and at Ole Miss and Auburn during that time...Ron Slay continues to lead the Vols ascent in the SEC East standings, averaging 21.9 points per game  to go along with 7.2 rebounds...Brandon Crump is averaging 10.4 points per game along with 6.0 rebounds, while C.J. Watson has dished out 109 assists, or roughly 5.5 per game...The Vols are 10-2 at home this season with Kentucky and Louisville being the only teams to defeat them at Thompson Boling Arena.

Florida:  15 Matt Bonner, Forward | 44 Matt Walsh, Forward |  24 David Lee, Center | 10 Brett Nelson, Guard | 12 Justin Hamilton, Guard

Tennessee:  04 Brandon Crump, Forward |  35 Ron Slay, Forward | 10 Thaydeus Holden, Guard | 32 C.J. Watson, Guard | 42 Jon Higgins, Guard


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