Florida (6-2) vs. No. 24 Butler (8-0)
Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; noon Saturday
BOTTOM LINE: No. 24 Butler presents a tough challenge for Florida. The Gators have played a ranked team only once this season and won, topping then-No. 18 Xavier 70-65 last month in the final of the Charleston Classic. Butler is looking to extend its current eight-game winning streak. Florida, ranked No. 6 in the AP preseason poll, lost two of its first four to start the season and drop out of the Top 25, but it has won its past four.
SAVVY SENIORS: Butler’s Kamar Baldwin, Bryce Nze and Sean McDermott have combined to account for 56 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 58 percent of all Bulldogs points over the past five games.
BLACKSHEAR LEADS: Florida’s Kerry Blackshear has connected on 29.4 percent of the 17 3-pointers he has attempted and has made 3 of 8 over the past three games. The graduate transfer also has converted 79.1 percent of his free throws.
STREAK SCORING: Butler has won its past five home games, scoring an average of 74.2 points while giving up 53.4.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Bulldogs have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Gators. Butler has an assist on 36 of 75 field goals (48 percent) over its previous three games; Florida has assists on 30 of 82 field goals (36.6 percent) during its past three.
TOUGH DEFENSE: Butler has held opposing teams to 55.5 points per game this year, the eighth-lowest figure among all Division I teams.