Florida won the Southeastern Conference Championship outright when Kentucky fell to Arkansas Thursday. But the Gators’ season, and work, is far from done.
No. 1 Florida returns home to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center today to take on LSU in front of a yet-again sold-out crowd.
Florida’s (26-2, 15-0 SEC) goal today is to extend its winning streaks of 20 games overall and 30 games at home and build on its program-best 15 SEC wins. It has won five straight games in the series against LSU.
LSU (17-10, 8-7 SEC), who Florida has not yet played this season, is excited for the challenge of playing the best team in the conference, according to coach Johnny Jones. “”You have an opportunity to go play and utilize them as a measuring stick this time of the year to see where you are,” he said.
The Tigers have a tall order of hoping to beat the Gators. They are 2-7 on the road, narrowly winning at South Carolina and Texas Tech early in the season, and are now coming into one of the most hostile environments in the conference against the hottest team there is. LSU has not been successful against No. 1-ranked teams and is 3-14 all-time against them.
Make sure to watch LSU point guard Anthony Hickey against Scottie Wilbekin. Both are nearly even with average steals and assists per game.
Kasey Hill will also return to the court after missing the last three games due to a groin injury.
Florida will likely start senior forwards Will Yeguete and Casey Prather, senior center Patric Young, senior guard Wilbekin and sophomore guard Michael Frazier II. LSU’s probable starters include junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III, senior forward Shavon Coleman, freshman forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey and junior guard Hickey.