Florida has lost consecutive games for just the second time all season and will be looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak as it visits LSU on Wednesday night in Baton Rouge, La.
The No. 25 Gators (14-5, 5-2 SEC) come in third in the SEC, while LSU (9-9, 1-6) is next to last in the conference standings.
While the Gators have hit a lull, the Tigers are really reeling with five straight losses and seven defeats in their last eight games.
Florida doesn’t know yet whether it will have the services of guard Canyon Barry, who ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. He sprained his ankle in practice Monday.
The Gators’ leading scorer, meanwhile, is coming off his best game of the season as guard KeVaughn Allen went for 29 points Saturday in a 68-66 loss to Vanderbilt. That’s the most any Florida player has scored all season.
Florida and LSU split their season series last season, with the home team winning both times. Overall, Florida is 44-63 all time against the Tigers. This is the teams’ only regular-season meeting this season.
What time is tip-off?
Florida and LSU tip off at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.
What TV channel is showing the Florida-LSU game?
The game will be broadcast on SEC Network and can be streamed via WatchESPN.
Who is calling the Florida-LSU basketball game?
Dave Neal is on the play-by-play call and Chris Spatola is the analyst.
Looking at LSU
The Tigers’ only SEC win came against the only team that ranks lower in the conference standings, an 88-77 win at Missouri.
They’ve dropped five straight games since then, with all but one of those ending as lopsided results, including a 17-point loss to Mississippi State, a 30-point loss at Texas A&M, a 15-point defeat to Alabama and a 13-point loss at Arkansas.
Sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney leads LSU in scoring at 16.7 points per game, while 6-foot-10 junior forward Duop Reath averages 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds.
Craig Victor, who ranks fourth in the SEC with 7.6 rebounds per game, was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules after playing in eight games .
“Victor was a good player for them. I think he presented some toughness and physicality for those guys, but they’ve adjusted,” Florida coach Mike White said. “Their starting four and five are talented guys. I’m not sure they’re as good a rebounding team. I’m quite sure if we lost our leading rebounder, we’d have to find a way to get it done by committee. But now you’ve got at their four-five, you’ve got two guys that can post, that can offensive rebound, that can drive it, that can shoot the 3. So, they’re talented; their front line is talented.
“Their guards are talented. Blakeney and (Brandon) Sampson are two of the most athletic, explosive guys in the league. Two of the guys, in my opinion, that you throw in the hat in terms of that you’d put up there that could compete with most of the others guys in the league in terms of being able to create their own shot. Then, Skylar Mays is emerging as a big, long, talented freshman point guard. He’s coming off a heck of a game at Arkansas, really impressive there. So, they’ve got a lot of weapons.”
Mays had 22 points and 6 assists in that last game, hitting 9 of 11 free throws.