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Basketball preview: Florida Gators at Ole Miss Rebels

UF looks to avoid being a victim of a revenge game for Mississippi.
Florida guard Andrew Nembhard shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler during a game Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville. [BRAD MCCLENNY  |  AP]
Florida guard Andrew Nembhard shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler during a game Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville. [BRAD MCCLENNY | AP]
Published Feb. 8

Florida (14-8, 6-3 SEC) vs. Mississippi (11-11, 2-7)

The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss.; 2 p.m. Saturday; TV/radio: ESPN2; 860-AM

BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi seeks revenge on Florida after dropping the first matchup in Gainesville. The teams last played each other on Jan. 14, when the Gators outshot Mississippi from the field 54 percent to 40 percent and had six fewer turnovers en route to a 16-point victory.

SENIOR STUDS: Mississippi’s Breein Tyree, Devontae Shuler and Khadim Sy have collectively accounted for 55 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 63 percent of all Rebels points over the last five games.

SEC IMPROVEMENT: The Gators have scored 71.4 points per game against SEC opponents so far, an improvement from the 70.1 per game they recorded over 13 nonconference games.

KEY FACILITATOR: Andrew Nembhard has accounted for 45 percent of all Florida field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 31 field goals and 28 assists in those games.

WINLESS WHEN: Mississippi is 0-7 this year when it scores 63 points or fewer and 11-4 when it scores at least 64.

ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Rebels have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Gators. Mississippi has an assist on 39 of 74 field goals (52.7 percent) over its past three matchups while Florida has assists on 33 of 77 field goals (42.9 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW? Florida has committed a turnover on just 17.4 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best percentage among all SEC teams. The Gators have turned the ball over only 11.7 times per game this season and just 9.6 times per game over their last five games.


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  2. Dan Mullen, of Florida, speaks during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
  3. Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) smashes into LSU Tigers safety John Battle (26) in the second quarter. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
  4. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
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  5. Florida forward Keyontae Johnson, shown here against Baylor on Jan. 25, 2020, scores a career-high 24 points on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in a win over Arkansas in Gainesville.
  6. Florida State quarterback James Blackman (1) throws during the first half of the 2019 season opener against Boise State in Tallahassee.
  7. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens.
  8. In this 1980 file photo, Charley Pell celebrates his first victory as Florida Gators' coach, against Cal at Tampa Stadium.
  9. Florida basketball coach Mike White, shown here against Baylor on Jan. 25, 2020, continues to be frustrated by his team falling behind by large deficits early in games.
  10. Florida guard Andrew Nembhard shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler during a game Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville.
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