TV Schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Stadium: Stephen C. O’Connell Center
That is because SEC teams (or whatever the conference may be) are all fighting for a spot in the Big Dance.
The Rebels enter this clash with an overall record of 15-8 and SEC record of 5-5. The Gators will do business with a 15-8 record and 6-4 conference record.
The major thing Florida has going for it is a signature win against the West Virginia Mountaineers. However, it does help that folks are starting to notice just how good the Gators’ defense really is. Oh yeah, Florida has already knocked off Ole Miss once on the season, and that victory came on the road for the Gators.
Ole Miss might have one of the best scorers in the country in Stefan Moody (23.5 PPG), but this is a team that lost four games in a row at one point. Losing streaks like that tend to be frowned upon by the tournament committee. Not to mention, the Rebels don’t really have a signature win, as their best wins have arguably come against Memphis, Vanderbilt and Georgia.
Nonetheless, the winner of this contest will move one step closer to making the Big Dance. Although Florida is coming off of a loss against the Kentucky Wildcats, and Ole Miss is riding a two-game winning streak, the Gators will survive and advance in this one … if you will.
PREDICTION: Rebels 66, Gators 72