Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this season.
- What: LSU (13-4, 2-2 SEC) at Florida (10-7, 3-1 SEC)
- When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
- Where: O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
- All-time series: LSU leads 60-43
- Last meeting: Florida 79, LSU 61 (at Gainesville, March 1, 2014)
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7
- In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
- Up next: LSU will play at Vanderbilt on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
- TOUGH ON TIGERS: Florida has won its last six matchups against LSU with three of those wins coming in the O’Connell Center. The Tigers haven’t won on the UF campus since Feb. 13, 2008 when they took an 85-73 victory under interim coach Butch Pierre.
- GET HIM TO THE LINE: LSU wants to get forward Jarell Martin to the free-throw line more after he’s had just 10 attempts from the stripe in his four SEC games. Martin is 64-of-89 this season (71.9 percent) and has 28 more attempts and 21 more makes than any other player on the roster.
- DISHING THEM OUT: LSU point guard Josh Gray, who missed two games with a sprained ankle in December, is averaging 6.4 assists a game in his last five outings — racking up 21 in the last three games alone. He’s tied for second in the SEC with 5.2 per game for the season.
- SHORT BENCH: LSU used seven players Saturday against Texas A&M, the fewest coach Johnny Jones has called on this season. In addition to starters Jordan Mickey, Keith Hornsby, Darcy Malone, Martin and Gray, the only players to leave the bench were Tim Quarterman and Jalyn Patterson.
- STREAK SNAPPED: Florida will likely be mad after having its 24-game SEC winning streak end with a 73-61 setback at Georgia on Saturday. It was the second-longest streak in the SEC in 50 years; Kentucky had a 26-game winning streak in 1995 and ’96.
Know Your Opponent
- Picked to finish second in the SEC in the preseason off a Final Four appearance a year ago, Florida played a tough nonconference schedule and was 7-6 entering league play. The record was understandable, however, as three of the losses were to North Carolina, Kansas and UConn. While lots of people gave up on them, they’re 3-1 in the league after a 73-61 loss at Georgia on Saturday. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith and guard Michael Frazier both average more than 13 points with Finney-Smith just a shade under 14.0 a game. UF is hitting 45.2 percent from the field, while holding its opponents to just 39.5 percent.
LSU (13-4, 2-2 SEC)
- G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 9.9 ppg, 5.2 apg
- G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
- F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 15.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg
- F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg
- C Darcy Malone, 7-0, So., 1.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg
- G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 11.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg
- G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 5.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg
- F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 2.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Florida (10-7, 3-1 SEC)
- G Kasey Hill, 6-1, So., 8.0 ppg, 4.4 apg
- G Chris Chiozza, 6-0, Fr., 4.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg
- F Dorian Finney-Smith, 6-8, Jr., 13.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg
- F Devin Robinson, 6-8 Fr., 6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
- C Chris Walker, 6-10, So., 5.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg
- G Michael Frazier, 6-4, Jr., 13.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
- G Eli Carter, 6-2, Jr., 7.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg
- F Jacob Kurtz, 6-6, Sr., 4.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg