Florida women close regular season on the road at Tennessee today
NOTE: Check out video from UF coach Amanda Butler previewing the game.
The Florida women's basketball team will play its regular season finale today against Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.
The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. This will be Florida's ninth nationall-ranked opponent this season.
Tennessee is expecting a soid-out crowd, but Florida has five seniors who have played in Thompson-Boling before, and they are hoping that veteran experience will be beneficial.
“We’re expecting an unbelievable environment in Knoxville on Sunday,” senior guard Jordan Jones said. “Most of us are use to it having played there the last three years. Andrea (Vilaró Aragonés, UF’s lone freshman) might be a little shocked by it, but we’ll share our experiences with her about it as much as we can. It’s a huge game for us to continue to build our postseason resume. It’s a big game for them because it’s Senior Night and we have to be ready. Everyone’s eyes will be on this game and it’s our chance to show everyone in the country what we can do.”
The Gators are most likely among the field of teams that will be selected to the NCAA Tournament, but are hoping for a win today and a few in the SEC Tournament to help secure that bid.
There will be a combined total of 10 seniors in the lineup today - five from both teams. If Florida's recent history is any indication, this could be a close game. 10 of Florida's 15 SEC games have been decided by six points or fewer, with 11 of 15 being decided by single digits.
"I think right now they are playing as hard as any team in our conference,'' Tennessee assistant coach Dean Lockwood said. "You can just tell there is a purpose to what they are trying to do. They are not out there flopping around and they are competing hard. They’ve got good quick guards, with Bartley and Bonds you’ve got players who can get to the paint and penetrate. Jordan Jones is as good a shooter as there is in our conference hands down, maybe in the country. And they’ve got nice parts. Jennifer George, I’ve always been impressed with her. She’s a muli-faceted post player that is hard to guard. She can hit a mid-range shot, she can drive it, she’s a terrific rebounder. I’m going to tell you, we have definitely got our hands full. And I’m not paying false tribute to Florida when I tell you we have a lot of respect for them. They can hurt us in a lot of ways. They’ve got quickness, they’ve got some size, they can hurt you on the backboards. We’re going to have to play a great game.''
Tennessee has lost three home games this season - the most in program history - which has the Gators feeling even more confident heading into today's game.
Hear more from UF coach Amanda Butler here: