Gators men's basketball team geared up for matchup with Bulldogs – The Independent Florida Alligator
More than three quarters of the way through a season filled with highs and lows, the Florida men’s basketball team faces Georgia tonight at 9 in the O’Connell Center in the teams’ second meeting of the year. The Gators (17-8, 8-4 SEC) fell 72-60 at Georgia (13-11, 4-8 SEC) on Jan. 30, their second of three straight SEC losses, but enter tonight’s matchup riding momentum from convincing wins over LSU and South Carolina. Here are three things to look for in tonight’s rematch, which will air on the SEC Network.
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(1) Georgia’s Yante Maten
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Maten appears to be on his way to a third-straight All-SEC selection, despite the Bulldogs being a middle-of-the-pack SEC team. The senior forward is having a career season, leading the league in scoring (19.4 points per game) while pulling down the third-most rebounds (8.7 per game).
In UGA’s first game against Florida, Maten led all players with 20 points, made all five of his free throw attempts and pulled down seven rebounds in 31 minutes of action.
Florida coach Mike White said he doesn’t anticipate making a lot of changes to his team’s game plan this time around. Instead, he wants to see the Gators compete with more energy than they did the last time they faced the Bulldogs.
“The game at Georgia isn’t the only one that we’ve lacked in those areas,” White said. “It’s kind of who we’ve been.”
(2) Florida’s defense
Fresh off one of its best performances of the Mike White era — holding South Carolina to 41 points on Saturday — Florida’s defense is looking to