It’s been a good week for Florida.
The Gators claimed a spot in the top five college basketball teams in the country, got coveted freshman Chris Walker (who will make his debut on Tuesday against Missouri) back from NCAA limbo, honored Michael Frazier II as the newest SEC Player of the Week and have a chance to move two games ahead of the rest of the SEC with a win tonight at Mississippi State.
No. 3 Florida (17-2, 6-0 SEC) currently owns an 11-game winning streak, the seventh-longest in the program’s history, and have a good chance to make it 12, especially considered the roll it’s on and how it beat the Bulldogs last year. In the two meetings last season, Florida defeated Mississippi State (13-6, 3-3 SEC) by an average of 30 points and won by 35 in Starkville. The Gators have also played well on the road in conference games so far this season, winning at Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama.
Since Ole Miss fell to Tennessee Wednesday night, a victory for the Gators would mean a two-game separation between it and the next closest schools in the SEC (Kentucky and Ole Miss, which both have a 5-2 SEC record).
Mississippi State has proven to be the opposite of a cupcake team at home. The Bulldogs are 11-1 and average 73.9 points at Humphrey Coliseum, which is 10.1 more points than their road average. Over the past few years, though, they have had trouble with top five teams. Their last win over such a team was against then-No. 5 Oklahoma back in December of 2002 — 13 contests ago (Mississippi State played Florida twice during that stretch).
Florida will likely start senior forwards Will Yeguete and Casey Prather, senior center Patric Young, senior guard Scottie Wilbekin and sophomore guard Frazier. Mississippi State’s probable starters include senior forward Colin Borchert, sophomore forward Gavin Ware, sophomore guards Fred Thomas and Craig Sword and junior guard Trivante Bloodman.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Catch the game on TV through ESPN2, on the radio through Gator IMG Sports Network and Country 103.7 The Gator or streaming through WatchESPN (if your cable provider allows it).
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