Game Thread: Fla at Lady Vols; Thurs Jan 11; 7PM; SEC Network ----- Win; 88-81

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Food City Center|Knoxville, TN
Jan 11 (Thu)
7:00 P.M. ET
SEC Network



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rank of significant opponents:
21 Fla ST lost 75-79
75 Purdue won 52-49
55 Ga Tech won 68-58
37 Michigan won 82-65
1 S Carloina lost 66-89
52 Vandy lost 57-63

Roster:
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Significant players:
Matharu 5'7" 17.9 PPG ; 3PA/3PM 6.5/1.6 ; 2 stl ; 3.7 TO's
Correa 6'0' 15 PPG
Kyle 6'6" 12.4 PPG

Team Stats:
A/TO 173/208
TO PG 15

We should see:
25-30 3PA
10-15 Stls
20-24 TO's
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Predictions:
Masse: TN 74-66
Coach Jumper : TN 95-65
@Orange Maniac 77-63
@knoxvol52 74-67
@J-Dog 1313 89-60
@Ladyvol777 80-70
@brittannica 82-68
@glv98 83-69
@VolBalls33 77-69
@Monroe1218 88-64
@VolFuture 84-72
@Go aeiou 79-78 (closest to final score)
@mudcat1973 80-64
@Vols2015 77-61
@Volfan2012 87-65
@alexvol 51-50

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Hoops Central: Lady Vols vs. Florida​

Women's BasketballJanuary 09, 2024
Tennessee (9-5, 2-0 SEC) is at home for its second straight contest, as Florida (9-5, 0-2 SEC) makes the trip to Knoxville for a Thursday night match-up. The Lady Vols and Gators are set to clash in Food City Center at 7:02 p.m. ET, with SEC Network televising. UT totes a five-game winning streak into the contest after erasing a 17-point second-quarter deficit to race past Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, 87-69.

The Lady Vols improved to 5-1 on the season with Rickea Jackson in the lineup, as the all-star forward continued her impactful return from an eight-game hiatus with 27 points and seven rebounds. Jackson averaged 25.5 ppg. and 13.0 rpg. in UT's opening two SEC games last week, earning league, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.

Florida arrives in need of a victory after dropping its first two SEC tilts to South Carolina and Vanderbilt, respectively. The Gators started out 6-1, but they have won only three of their past seven.

COMMON THREADS
  • Tennessee and Florida both have played current No. 21/20 Florida State as well as Florida A&M this season.
  • They also faced those opponents in back-to-back games on their respective schedules.
  • UT defeated Florida A&M at home in the opener for both teams, 93-64, on Nov. 7, while UF topped the Rattlers, 92-54, in Gainesville on Nov. 13.
  • Game two of the season for the Lady Vols was against FSU in Tallahassee, with the Seminoles sliding by, 92-91, on Nov. 9. Rickea Jackson had 31 points and 17 rebounds in that narrow setback.
  • As for the Gators, they fell to Florida State, 79-75, in Gainesville on Nov. 17.
  • Tennessee's Rickea Jackson and Florida's Aliyah Matharu previously played together at Mississippi State.
  • Jackson was with the Bulldogs from 2019-22 before joining Kellie Harper's program at Tennessee prior to the 2022-23 season.
  • Matharu, meanwhile, was in Starkville from 2019-21 before stops at Texas (2021-22) and now Florida (2022-24).
THINGS GO BETTER WITH RICKEA
  • Tennessee is 5-1 with Rickea Jackson in action and 4-4 without her in 2023-24.
  • She is averaging a double-double of 21.2 ppg. and 10.5 rpg. in six contests while shooting 49 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe.
  • She has 25 offensive rebounds in those contests (4.6 orpg./ranks 2nd in SEC).
  • In UT's only loss with her playing, the Lady Vols dropped a 92-91 decision in game two to #18/22 Florida State in Tallahassee. Jackson had 31 points and 17 rebounds in that contest.
  • With Jackson, Tennessee is outscoring opponents, 86.8 to 68.3, and out-rebounding them, 47.7 to 33.7, for margins of +18.5 and +14.0, respectively.
  • Without Jackson's services, UT was outscored by foes, 72.4 to 72.3, but it out-rebounded opponents, 44.1 to 40.5, for differentials of -0.1 and +3.6.
  • With Jackson, Tennessee is shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 34.3 beyond the three-point arc.
  • Without the UT standout's presence, the Lady Vols hit only 39.9 percent from the field and 29.0 from three-point land.
SECOND HALF SURGES
  • Whether its shaking off the nerves or being motivated by Kellie Harper's halftime speeches, Tennessee has proved to be a third-quarter and second-half team.
  • That quality enabled UT to erase 11 and 17-point deficits to Auburn and Kentucky, respectively in SEC wins.
  • In league play the Lady Vols are outscoring foes 49-19 in the third quarter in two games.
  • UT has a 42-28 advantage in the fourth frame, adding up to a 91-47 (+44) second-half score in two contests.
  • Contrast that to the first half in UT's first two SEC games, where the Lady Vols have been outscored 39-34 in the first quarter and 50-37 in the second stanza for an 89-71 count and a first-half deficit of 18.
OFFENSE IS COMING TOGETHER
  • Tennessee has seen improved efficiency on the offensive end in recent games, with Rickea Jackson's return opening up the floor to others as well.
  • The Lady Vols have made a sizzling 51.9 percent of their field goals in SEC play (ranked first), hitting 50+ percent in six of the eight quarters they've played thus far.
  • UT has 84.3 ppg. over its last four contests while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.
  • The free throw percentage over the last four games stands at 77.3 percent.
  • UT has recorded 76 assists vs. 65 turnovers in that span.
  • Rickea Jackson is averaging 20.8 ppg. and 9.8 rpg., shooting 49.3 percent from the field over the last four contests.
  • Jewel Spear, meanwhile, is putting up 13.3 ppg. on 52.9 field goal shooting, and Karoline Striplin adds 10.3 ppg. on 55.6 accuracy.
  • Jasmine Powell has dished out 25 assists compared to 13 turnovers, while Kaiya Wynn has totals of 16 and 11 in UT's last four games.
DEFENSE MAKING NICE STRIDES
  • Over the past four games, Tennessee is holding opponents to 63.5 points per game vs. the season average of 70.6 ppg.
  • The Lady Vols are limiting foes to 34.6 percent from the field and 28.4 from the three-point arc when the season averages are 38.2 and 34.9.
  • Over the past five contests, the Lady Vols have held EKU, Wofford, Liberty, Auburn and Kentucky to 34.8, 35.7, 31.0, 33.3, and 38.2 percent, respectively.
  • Against Auburn, UT held the Tigers to 33.3 percent shooting and their lowest point total (67).
  • Tennessee had held its last five opponents under 70 points. It hadn't done that since giving up only 64 to Florida A&M in the opener on Nov. 7.
TK'S BLOCK PARTY: Tamari Key blocked a season-high six shot attempts by Kentucky on Sunday, marking her most since swatting six vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 24, 2022. UT's career leader in blocked shots now has 314 during her UT career and stands just seven from moving into a tie with LSU's Sylvia Fowles (321, 2004-08) for eighth on the SEC career list. Key was honored before the UK game as the only Lady Vol to record 300 blocks or more during a career.

UT-UF SERIES NOTES
  • Tennessee is 25-2 vs. Florida in games played in Knoxville, 23-3 in Gainesville and 8-0 at neutral sites.
  • UT is 3-1 in overtime contests vs the Gators, including 3-0 in Gainesville in those extra-frame tilts.
  • The Lady Vols have won eight of the past nine in the series.
  • Kellie Harper is 4-2 all-time vs. UF, including 4-1 as head coach of the Lady Vols.
  • Tamari Key's 10 blocks vs. Florida in Knoxville on Jan. 31, 2021, as part of a triple-double rank as the second-most ever swatted in a game by a Lady Vol.
  • Tennessee finished with 14 total blocks vs. the Gators in that game, which is the second-most UT has ever recorded in a contest.
  • UT's record for most free throws made in a game (40-46) came at Florida on 2/3/05.
A LOOK AT THE GATORS
  • Florida features three players scoring in double figures on the year, including Aliyah Matharu (17.9), Leilani Correa (15.0) and Ra Shaya Kyle (12.4).
  • Kyle paces UF in rebounds at 9.2 per contest.
  • Matharu and Correa lead the Gators from beyond the arc, firing in 23 and 22 treys, respectively, while Alberte Rimdal has tallied 15.
  • Florida is surrendering only 64.9 points per game and allowing 37.4 percent field goal accuracy.
  • UF averages 9.6 steals per outing, forcing 18.3 turnovers per game.
ABOUT THE HEAD COACH
  • Kelly Rae Finley is 49-31 in her third year at UF.
  • Her 2022-23 team reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT last season before falling.
  • In 2021-22, she was named the Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year by the WBCA.
  • Finley was also honored as USA Today Sports Network SEC Coach of the Year and a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award.
FLORIDA'S MOST RECENT GAME
  • On Sunday afternoon in Nashville, the Florida Gators were edged by Vanderbilt, 63-57, in their second SEC contest of the year.
  • The road game proved to be a challenge with significant foul trouble, as the Commodores found their way to the free-throw line 30 times at Memorial Gymnasium.
  • Leilani Correa and Aliyah Matharu paced the UF offensive attack, tallying 22 and 13 points, respectively.
  • Florida totaled 23 field goals to Vandy's 18, but the Commodores outscored the Gators at the charity stripe, 23-8.
LAST UT-UF CONTEST
  • Tennessee used a 26-16 third-quarter burst to pull away and claim a 74-56 victory over Florida in Knoxville on Jan. 19, 2023, to remain undefeated in Southeastern Conference women's basketball play.
  • The Lady Vols won their eighth straight game and opened 7-0 in SEC play for the second year in a row. Those league starts are the best by UT since opening 13-0 in 2014-15.
  • Seniors Rickea Jackson and Jordan Horston led UT (15-6, 7-0 SEC), with Jackson turning in a game-high 16 points and Horston logging a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
  • UF (12-7, 1-5 SEC) was led by Ra Shaya Kyle and Kirsten Deans with 13 points each. Alberte Rimdal, who had 21 points the last time these squads met, was limited to 10 this time around.
UP NEXT
  • Tennessee will hit the road for two games, beginning with a Sunday battle at Texas A&M.
  • The Lady Vols and Aggies will meet at Reed Arena at 4 p.m. CT (5 ET) in a contest televised by ESPN.
 
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Lady Vols 74
Lady Gators 67

Lady Vols can't keep getting off to these slow starts, will eventually bite them in the leg per say..

Maybe Kellie should go to refs and say start the game with score 0-10 so my team can focus on task in front of them..
 
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Lady Vols 74
Lady Gators 67

Lady Vols can't keep getting off to these slow starts, will eventually bite them in the leg per say..

Maybe Kellie should go to refs and say start the game with score 0-10 so my team can focus on task in front of them..
this one brought a smile,,,as it is almost a legitimate request
 
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Food City Center|Knoxville, TN
Jan 11 (Thu)
7:00 P.M. ET
SEC Network

View attachment 608687
rank of significant opponents:
21 Fla ST lost 75-79
75 Purdue won 52-49
55 Ga Tech won 68-58
37 Michigan won 82-65
1 S Carloina lost 66-89
52 Vandy lost 57-63

Roster:
View attachment 608691
Significant players:
Matharu 5'7" 17.9 PPG ; 3PA/3PM 6.5/1.6 ; 2 stl ; 3.7 TO's
Correa 6'0' 15 PPG
Kyle 6'6" 12.4 PPG

Team Stats:
A/TO 173/208
TO PG 15

We should see:
25-30 3PA
10-15 Stls
20-24 TO's
_________________________________________

Predictions:
Masse: TN 74-66
Coach Jumper : TN 65-55
LVs 89--FL 60. I look for a fast, and sustained, start by the LVs in this game. GBO.
 

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