Men's College Basketball
Preview
Missouri at Florida
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where: Exactech Arena, Gainesville, Florida

Florida looks to continue its surge in the SEC standings — and perhaps toward an NCAA Tournament berth — when it hosts Missouri on Saturday. The Gators have won three straight to move above .500 in conference play and into a tie for sixth place in the league standings.



Florida has picked up two straight resume-building wins — 71-53 at Alabama and 82-77 in overtime at No. 15 LSU. Now the Gators hope to avoid what would be a crushing loss to their NCAA Tournament hopes against a Tigers team that ranks 12th in the 14-team SEC. Missouri has lost two straight and four of five but outplayed No. 4 Kentucky in the second half of a 66-58 home loss on Tuesday. The Gators lead the all-time series 6-2 as the Tigers never have won at Florida.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU



ABOUT MISSOURI (12-13, 3-10 SEC): The Tigers haven’t found much consistency at the offensive end - especially in conference play - aside from Jordan Geist (14.1 points), who has scored in double figures in eight straight games. Jeremiah Tilmon (10.7 points, 5.8 rebounds) has put up big numbers at times but often struggles with foul trouble. Mark Smith (11.4 points, 5.8 rebounds), who leads the SEC in 3-point shooting at 45 percent, is working his way back after missing six games with an ankle injury and has been limited to a total of three points over two contests since returning.

ABOUT FLORIDA (15-11, 7-6): The Gators don’t have a wealth of scoring options either — only KeVaughn Allen (12.9 points) and freshman Noah Locke (11) average double digits — but they boast a deep bench and play tough defense. Florida limits opponents to 63.7 points per game, although that number has climbed somewhat to 67.8 points in SEC contests. Locke had been battling a nagging injury but put up 15 points against LSU.



TIP-INS

1. The Gators (31.4 percent) and Tigers (32.7) rank first and second, respectively, in the SEC in 3-point defense.

2. Locke has made 70 3-pointers and needs five more to surpass Anthony Roberson for the most by a freshman in Florida history.

3. Florida (204) and Missouri (208) have attempted fewer free throws than any other teams during conference play.



PREDICTION: Florida 69, Missouri 66


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Missouri 12-13 L2 8-6 1-6 3-1 4-4 8-9 3-10
Florida 15-11 W3 8-4 4-5 3-2 6-6 9-5 7-6
Last Meeting
Missouri Florida
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/6/18 FLA 77 MIZZ 75 75 29 47.9 77 29 44.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Missouri J. Barnett 28 61.5 6
Florida J. Hudson 16 71.4 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Missouri J. Barnett 9 2 7
Florida E. Koulechov 8 2 6
Assists Player  
Missouri J. Porter 6
Florida C. Chiozza 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Missouri J. Geist 352 42.6 72
Florida K. Allen 335 40.9 68
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Missouri J. Tilmon 139 54 85
Florida K. Hayes 157 70 87
Assists Player  
Missouri J. Geist 79
Florida A. Nembhard 140
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Missouri Off vs  red bar Florida Defense
blue bar 67.6 Points For
red bar 63.7 Points Against
blue bar 42.9 FG%
red bar 41.8 FG%
blue bar 32.2 Reb
red bar 30.9 Reb
red bar Florida Off vs  blue bar Missouri Defense
red bar 68.9 Points For
blue bar 68.8 Points Against
red bar 42.1 FG%
blue bar 43.6 FG%
red bar 30.9 Reb
blue bar 29.6 Reb