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February 19, 2013

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Florida Gators at Missouri Tigers
Tuesday, February 19th 2013 - 8:00 P.M. Central
TV: ESPN / RADIO: Tiger Radio Network
Missouri Tigers (18-7, 7-5 SEC)
Streak:Lost 1
Last Game: Lost at Arkansas 73-71
G Phil Pressey (6.8 assists per game, school record 509 for career) JR 5-11 175
G Keion Bell (17.4 ppg in last nine, team's top scorer in SEC play) SR 6-4 200
G Jabari Brown (15.6 ppg in SEC, double figures in 14 of 16) SO 6-5 205
F Laurence Bowers (18-47, 46 pts in 6 games since returning) SR 6-8 227
F Alex Oriakhi (16.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg in 6 SEC home games) SR 6-9 255

Florida Gators (21-3, 11-1 SEC)
Streak: Won 3
Last Game: Won at Auburn 83-52
GMike Rosario (2nd leading scorer, 12.9 ppg) SR 6-3 183
G Kenny Boynton (13 ppg, 3.4 apg) SR 6-2 190
G Scottie Wilbeken (Team-best 5.4 apg) JR 6-2 176
F Patric Young (10.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, team-best 1.8 spg) JR 6-9 249
F Erik Murphy (15 pts, 3-5 3-pt last time vs Mizzou) SR 6-10 238

Home Cooking

Few teams differ so greatly at home and on the road. Missouri is 1-5 on the road in SEC play, but 6-0 at home. Only South Carolina has come within 13 points of the Tigers at home in league play. Missouri must use the energy of the home crowd, make shots and jump on the Gators early.
Win the PG Battle

Phil Pressey was the SEC pre-season player of the year, but in many games this season, he hasn't even been the best point guard on the floor. At home, Pressey has been good. He scored 22 in the Tigers' last home game, a 98-79 win over Ole Miss. Missouri will need Pressey to be good.
Find the Shooters

Florida moves the ball as well as perhaps any team in the country. Never was that more evident than in the Gators' 83-52 thrashing of the Tigers in Gainesville. Florida made 8-of-19 three-pointers in that game, often on shots that were uncontested after great passing. Missouri has struggled defending the perimeter much of this season. Points are at a premium against the Gators, so Missouri can't give up three at a time very often.

Pressey on his late game struggles

"I just watch film and try to improve, see what I did wrong. I'd rather have myself have those mistakes than my teammates. I put that on myself. When we lose games, I put it on myself."
Frank Haith on how Arkansas beat the Gators

"They made shots man. You got to make shots against them because they are sound defensively. You're gonna have to make some shots against them because they're not gonna beat themselves."

Florida 66-62

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