Gators Bring Long Ball Back Home, Host Jacksonville Tuesday 7 PM

Florida returns home and plays host to Jacksonville in Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Gators are coming off their first road trip of the season when they traveled approximately 180 miles and competed in the Savannah Invitational, Nov. 21-23.

Florida played three games in three days and posted a 2-1 record during the span.

Jacksonville enters Tuesday’s game riding a three-game win streak, most recently winning its home Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Tournament.

Florida is the second team from the Southeastern Conference the Dolphins are playing this season. JU dropped a 75-60 decision at Alabama on Nov. 16.

How to Follow the Action

  • The game will be streamed live online through SEC Network +, which is only available through WatchESPN (accessible thru the WatchESPN app and on To access SEC Network + on WatchESPN, fans must sign in with their credentials from a participating TV provider.
  • Tom Collett and Brittany Davis call the game online, while Kyle Crooks and Kelly Davis handle the radio duties with the live broadcast on ESPN Gainesville 98.1FM & 850AM WRUF that can be heard online free of charge.

Gators vs. Dolphins: The Series

  • 4-Game Series: UF leads 3-1 (UF Home: 3-0; Away: 0-1; Neutral: 0-0)
  • Since Jacksonville pulled the stunning upset in the inaugural meeting between the two teams, Florida has won three straight in the series.
  • The last game was an 84-73 win in Gainesville on Nov. 14, 2014.

“Chuck it from the Cheap Seats!”

  • The Gators are listening to Coach Cam Newbauer’s approach to shooting and has told every member of the team to “chuck it from the cheap seats!” (Coach is a HUGE movie guy and the quote is from “Hoosiers”)
  • The Gators reset the program record for threes in a game in two of their last three outings. The new standard stands at 17 after the Nov. 23 performance against Savannah State.
  • The team canned 15 three-pointers vs. Richmond (11/21/17) to first break the program record for threes in a game, which was 13 at Arkansas, Feb. 1, 2009.

Gators for THREEEEEE!

  • Entering Tuesday’s game, the Gators are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game and converting at a 37.3 percent clip.
  • Thru games played Nov. 25, UF ranks tied for No. 5 in the country in threes per game!
  • TEN of the 11 players on the roster have hit at least one trey this season. Only freshman guard Tameria Johnson has yet to have one fall from deep.
  • Check out the chart on this page to see the individual three-point shooting improvements by each the Gators!

What Just Happened

  • Florida used another record-setting, long-range performance and Delicia Washington’s triple-double to defeat Savannah State, 90-40, in the final game of the Savannah Invitational on Thu., Nov. 23.
  • There were a number of individual milestones and accomplishments during the game and the majority of those contributed toward Florida sinking 17 three-pointers, passing the old standard of 15 the team recorded against Richmond two days ago.
  • Florida scored the first seven points of the game and took leads of 16-2 and 22-4 in the first quarter and never looked back.

 Gator Watch

  • Through six games, Florida is averaging 75.5 points per game.
  • Top two Gator scorers: Funda Nakkasoglu (17.0 ppg) and Paulina Hersler (12.5 ppg)
  • Top two rebounders: Haley Lorenzen (8.2 pg) and Delicia Washington (7.8 pg)
  • Assists leader: Dyandria Anderson (26 total, 4.3 pg)

Who’s Hot!

  • Sydney Searcy has started the last two games – the first two starts of her career – and she has stepped up incredibly!
  • During the last two games, the sophomore guard is averaging a team-best 15.5 points. She is hitting 52.4 percent (11-21) overall from the field, including a 9-18 effort from the three-point arc.
  • Through 31 games her freshman year, Searcy canned just three treys.
  • Searcy pumped in a career-best 20 points in the win against Savannah State, converting 6-of-12 from long range. She also dished five assists to just one turnover.

Quotes from the Court – Coach Cameron Newbauer

On Jacksonville:

“They are good. They play extremely hard and get up and down the floor really fast. They have some senior veterans who really do a great job leading the team. Defensively, they mix it up. Very, very athletic and aggressive defensively. They try to extend your offense. They are dangerous, dangerous team and I know it means a lot for them to be coming in here tomorrow.”

Hear from the Gators – Today’s practice update and game preview:

Game Day at a Glance

  • Who: Florida (3-3) hosts Jacksonville (4-2)
  • Where: Exactech Arena (10,151) * Gainesville, Florida
  • When: Tue., November 28 * 7 pm ET

Game Notes (PDF):

Game Coverage & More!

  • Radio: ESPN 98.1FM / 850AM WRUF in Gainesville with Kyle Crooks & Kelly Davis
  • Internet Audio: link thru (FREE)


  • Television: none
  • Streaming Video: SEC Network+ with Tom Collett & Brittany Davis


  • Internet Scoring: LIVE through


Opening Tip

  • Three-pointers! The Gators reset the program record for threes in a game in two of their last three outings. The new standard stands at 17 after the Nov. 23 performance against Savannah State.
  • UF is averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game, tied for the fifth-most in the nation, thru games played Nov. 25.
  • UF is aiming to string together consecutive wins for the first time this season.
  • Jacksonville has won its last three games entering Tuesday.
  • The Dolphins are the third and final Sunshine State opponent for the Gators this year.

Additional Hoopla for Tuesday’s Game

  • Pumpkin Pie Giveaway – First receive a slice of pumpkin pie while supplies last!
  • $1 Day – All general admission tickets are $1; popcorn for just $1, as well!

Gator Pronunciations for this Release:

  • DYANDRIA Anderson: dee-ANN-dree-uh
  • TAMERIA Johnson: tah-MEIR-ee-uh
  • FUNDA NAKKASOGLU: FOON-da knock-a-SO-glue
  • Sydney SEARCY: SIR-see
  • DELICIA Washington: duh-LEE-shuh


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