SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010
JU faces #24 Florida on Monday at 1 p.m.
With the end of its non-conference schedule in sight, the JU men’s basketball team faces its toughest test when they travel for a matchup with No. 24 Florida at the O’Connell Center on Monday at 1 p.m.
The game will be televised on SunSports and broadcast Internet only on 1010xl.com, with Barry Milligan and Artis Gilmore calling the action, starting with Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show at 12:45 p.m. Fans can also listen to the Florida radio broadcast live on 930-AM.
The Dolphins (6-3) are coming off two close losses to start the road trip, including a stinging loss to Saint Louis on Wednesday after building a double-digit lead in the second half. Florida (8-2) is coming off a 57-44 win over No. 6 Kansas State on Saturday.
“We continue to stress to our guys that we have to get better,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “There are a lot of teaching moments for our young men from the last two games.”
The Dolphins are looking to end their three-game road trip on a high note.
Jacksonville fell behind early at Winthrop and never was able to take the lead in a 73-66 loss. Against Saint Louis, the Dolphins built an 18-point lead early in the second half only to see the Billikens rally for a 69-64 win.
One of the similarities in JU’s three losses is defense.
All three losses have seen the Dolphins allow at least 69 points, with opponent hitting 47.2 percent of their shots from the floor. Another point of contention is that JU has only forced an average of 14 turnovers per game in the losses, down from the average of 18.8 that JU forces each game.
Monday’s matchup is the 33rd in series history, with the Gators holding a 28-4 edge. The Dolphins have lost 20 of the last 21, with the only victory being an upset of the eight-ranked Gators on Dec. 21, 1994 (68-67). Adding to that is JU has lost 12 in a row against ranked teams, a streak that also dates back to the upset in 1994.