James Madison Dukes
|NEXT OPPONENT||Florida Gators|
|GAME TIME||7:00 p.m.|
|STADIUM||Exactech Arena at The Stephen C. O’Connell Center|
Gators Key Player
The Gators will hope Allen can get back to his normal scorer’s self, as he is off to underwhelming start to his Junior campaign. Allen has yet to live up to his 1ST Team Preseason All-SEC selection, averaging 11.8 points per game through 10 games. Allen is shooting 35% from the field on the year, and 29% from beyond the arc, which are lower averages then he posted as a Sophomore. Allen is someone who many view as a key to the Gators success, after playing a critical role in the Gators run to the Elite Eight last season, notably scoring 35 points in the Sweet 16 versus Wisconsin. Allen will look to get back on track as the Gators hope to start to turn their season around as conference play approaches.
Dukes Key Player
G Stuckey Mosley
Mosley enters the contest with the Gators as the Dukes leading scorer posting 20.7 points a game. A notable part of Mosley’s game is his ability to score from deep, shooting 46% from the beyond the arc on the season. Mosley is so far impressing in his first season in a Dukes uniform, having transferred over from Toledo. Mosley will look to continue his start, in which is somewhat of a homecoming game for the Junior, being from Orlando.
GAME PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS
Florida (6-4) is looking to get back on track after dropping their last game to Clemson after leading for majority of the game. James Madison (4-8) travels in to Gainesville as heavy underdogs, but the Gators have learned to not overlook any opponent this season.
The Gators come into their contest with the Dukes having lost 4 of their lost 5. The Gators inability to make key shots down the stretch has hurt them, and the defensive side of the ball continues to be a low-point of the team, however they are starting to make strides in that department. Florida will look to slow down the Dukes dynamic scoring guard Stuckey Mosley, as he enters as the Dukes leading scorer and a player who can light it up from deep.
As for the Gators, the offensive side of the ball has been lacking consistency over their rough stretch of games. Over the past two weeks, the Gators points per game average has dropped from 99 to 86. The Gators struggles on offensive isn’t coming from lack of potential scorers, as they have multiple guys who can get it done. Most notably heading into Wednesday night’s game is junior guard Jalen Hudson, who enters as the Gators leading scoring averaging 19.5 points per game so far. At time Hudson has been the only bright spot in an offensive that has a tendency to go cold for long periods at a time, so the Gators are hopeful other players can step up and knock down some big buckets for them down the stretch.
Prediction: Gators 91, Dukes 70