No. 3 Florida returns home this afternoon to welcome Texas A&M to Gainesville for the first time as members of the Southeastern Conference.
This is the second straight Thursday-Saturday turnaround for Florida (18-2, 7-0 SEC), but the Gators have not had trouble with the one-day break. The team is on a 12-game winning streak, and if they continue on their roll today, they will tie the school record of 13 straight SEC home game wins, most recently set from 2006-2008.
Head coach Billy Donovan could also win his 200th career conference game (also counting his two seasons spent at Marshall). His record is currently 199-110 all-time and 181-100 at Florida.
Florida and Texas A&M (12-8, 3-4 SEC) match up with the top two scoring defenses in the conference. The Gators allow an average of 58.5 points per game while the Aggies allow 63.0.
However, that’s one of the only pros Texas A&M can boast about as of late. The Aggies have dropped four straight games at Mississippi State, at then-No. 14 Kentucky, versus Vanderbilt and at South Carolina — all conference games. They are also 1-3 on the road, and with a sold-out crowd scheduled for this afternoon, it will be a challenge for Texas A&M to topple Florida. Finally, they are last in the SEC when it comes to points scored, putting up an average of 66.8 per game. The Aggies will need to bring their best defense to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center today.
Florida’s probable starters include senior forward Will Yeguete, senior center Patric Young, senior guard Scottie Wilbekin, sophomore guard Michael Frazier II and freshman guard Kasey Hill (Casey Prather will come off the bench). Texas A&M is likely to start junior forward Kourtney Roberson, sophomore forward Antwan Space, freshman guard Shawn Smith, sophomore guard Alex Caruso and junior guard Jamal Jones.
Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Catch the game on the radio through Gator IMG Sports Network (Sirius 113, XM 199) and Country 103.7 The Gator or streaming through WatchESPN.