9:00 PM ET, February 4, 2014
Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Casey Prather, the team's leading scorer, has been slowed by a sprained left ankle. And guard DeVon Walker sat out the last game with a hip pointer. Even with both healthy, the Gators have had just eight scholarship players available. Walker makes it nine, adding some much-needed depth and possibly increasing Florida's chances of making another deep run in the NCAA tournament."He can be the best runner in the world, the best jumper in the world and the best rebounder in the world, but if he can't do the things inside the game plan of what we need to get done, then it becomes very difficult to play," Donovan said.Missouri is 2-2 on the road in conference play and playing its second straight game against a ranked opponent. Jabari Brown scored a career-high 33 points and Jordan Clarkson added 28 on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers lost 84-79 to then-No. 11 Kentucky.The two guards combined to make 21 of 34 shots, but their teammates were 6 for 17. Additionally, Missouri let Kentucky shoot 53.6 percent from the field after no opponent had made better than 44.3 percent heading into the game."We have to get something," coach Frank Haith said about his forwards. "But I don't think that's our problem. I think our problem with losing this game today was on the other end of the court and not being able to stop them."The home team won both games last season, with Florida shooting 59.3 percent in an 83-52 rout at the O'Connell Center on Jan. 19, 2013. Brown averaged 14.0 points in the two games for Missouri but was 8 of 28 from the field.
|Avg Points Allowed||69.5||57.9|
Florida is trailing at home at halftime for the first time this season. The Gators 27-game home win streak, (including 13 vs SEC opponents) is on the line.
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