Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators
Tennessee and Florida meet Saturday with both teams just one game behind the East Division lead and hoping to bolster their postseason tournament possibilities. Florida is coming off a loss to the regular season champion LSU Tigers while Tennessee bounced back with a win over Mississippi State.
Tennessee 17-10, 8-5, 4-5 (away), RPI #26
Florida 21-7, 8-5, 15-0 (home), RPI #43
Tennessee has won 8 of the last 10
Tennessee is 3-2 in their last 5 at Florida
With ESPN Gameday on hand, the Vols snapped out of a losing streak with a 79-63 win over Florida. UT shot 49 percent from the floor including 12 for 28 from behind the arc. Scotty Hopson led the Vols with 20 points. The Gators had 18 turnovers, six more than their average.
What Florida Must Do To Win...
1. Shoot the ball well
Gators don't get to the free throw line much and rely heavily on shots from the floor. UF shot just 42 percent in the last loss to UT.
2. Play Better Perimeter Defense
Florida allowed 62 total points from LSU's three guards in the loss on Tuesday. The aforementioned Hopson got 20 from the backcourt for UT last time.
What Tennessee Must Do To Win...
1. Create Turnovers
The Vols created 18 from Florida in the last meeting and forced 17 in this week's win over Miss State.
2. Hit 3's
Vols are a very pedestrian 30 percent on the season but hit 43 percent in the January win.
Tennessee has really dominated this series since Bruce Pearl got to Knoxville. The Vols have to have this game if they want to make the NCAA Tournament. The Gators are undefeated at home this year while UT has lost three of their last four SEC road games. I will take Florida in a down to the wire game.
Florida wins by 3-9 points
Season: 19-18 SU through 2/24
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