FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s basketball team (11-10, 4-4 SEC) is in search of its third straight victory Wednesday evening, traveling to Gainesville to take on Florida (14-7, 5-3 SEC) at the O’Connell Center at 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
Tip-off: Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. CT
Location: O’Connell Center (Gainesville, Fla.)
TV: SEC Network | WatchESPN
• The Gators are 14-7 on the year with a 5-3 record in SEC play. Florida has won five of its last seven games, with a three-point loss at No. 15 Texas A&M (71-68) on Jan. 12 and a one-point loss at Vanderbilt (60-59) on Jan. 26. Most recently, the Gators defeated No. 9 West Virginia 88-71 in the #BIG12SEC Challenge on Jan. 30. Florida is a tough team to beat at the O’Connell Center, where the Gators are 10-1 on the season, with the lone loss being to Florida State (73-71) on Dec. 29.
• Florida’s rotation boasts six players averaging 21-plus minutes and seven-plus points per game, led by redshirt senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who averages 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. Freshman guard – and Little Rock native – KeVaughn Allen is second on the team in scoring with 11.9 points per contest, while redshirt sophomore forward John Egbunu averages 10.5. The Gators are second in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing only 65 points per game. They hold opponents to 38.9 percent shooting from the field, including 30.3 percent from beyond the arc.
• Head coach Mike White is in his first season at Florida, and has a 115-47 (.710) record in four-plus seasons, combined with his career at Louisiana Tech. With the Bulldogs, White had three 27-plus win teams in a row. He had a 50-16 (.758) record in four years of Conference USA play and won three-consecutive regular season titles. Louisiana Tech never made the NCAA Tournament in White’s regime, but made NIT Quarterfinal appearances in 2014 and 2015.
• Moses Kingsley is the reigning SEC Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds per game in back-to-back victories.
• After not winning any of the first eight SEC Players of the Week, Arkansas has won two of the last four with Anthlon Bell (Jan. 11) and Moses Kingsley (Feb. 1).
• Kingsley is one of six Power Five Conference Players in the country with 11-plus double-doubles.
• Anthlon Bell is 14 points away from becoming the 39th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
• The Razorbacks are one of two teams in the nation with three players averaging 16-plus points per game with Hannahs (17.0), Kingsley (16.5) and Bell (16.4).
• Arkansas is one of three Power Five Conference schools in the country with 55-plus made treys by two players. Anthlon Bell (64) and Dusty Hannahs (55) are joined by Syracuse and Michigan State. #SplashZone
• Jabril Durham has five-plus assists in 19 straight games, the longest such streak by an Arkansas player since joining the SEC in 1991-92.
• #JaBrilliant is the only player in the country with five-plus assists in 19 straight games this season.
• Arkansas ranks No. 6 in the country in three-point field goal percentage at .424 and is on pace to break the school record of .395 set during the 1992-93 season.
• Dusty Hannahs has made 14 consecutive free throws over the last three games and ranks No. 2 in the SEC and No. 17 in the country with a .877 free throw percentage.
• The Razorbacks have seen six of their 10 losses come by four points or less, including three of those in overtime.
• Florida leads the all-time series 18-11.
• Arkansas has a 10-game slide against the Gators in Gainesville, the longest road losing streak against any team in the SEC.
• Mike Washington pulled down 18 rebounds against Florida on March 12, 2009, marking the post rebounds in school history in a SEC game.
• Kareem Reid’s 12 assists against Florida in 1996 is tied for the second most in program history against an SEC opponent.
Arkansas returns home to face Tennessee on Saturday evening in Bud Walton Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
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