Florida vs. Arizona: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview and More

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 13, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 29:  Guard Mike Rosario #3 of the Florida Gators huddles with teammates against the Marquette Golden Eagles November 29, 2012 at Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.  Florida won 82 - 49. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Florida heads into Tucson to battle Arizona on Saturday in a showdown between two top-10 teams.

No. 5 Florida (7-0) has yet to allow more than 66 points to any opponent this season, but No. 8 Arizona (7-0) is averaging 79.3 points per contest, 28th in the country.

You may remember Arizona lost a 78-72 overtime thriller to Florida last December. Will Saturday's matchup be a repeat or will the Wildcats roar back?

Let's take a look at the big-time clash.


Where: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ

When: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Listen: Gator Basketball Sports Network, Arizona Wildcats Radio Network 

Live Stream: WatchESPN


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What's At Stake?

As ranked teams, Florida and Arizona certainly aren't interested in sliding down the rankings after each has started the season undefeated.

This isn't a conference matchup, so it won't affect each team's race for the conference title, but it is important in building confidence and staying in the Top 10.


Florida Player to Watch: Patric Young, C

Patric Young could have been a first-round pick if he declared for the NBA draft, but he opted to stay another season.

The Gators are glad he did.

The junior has averaged 10.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and, most importantly, 2.3 blocks this season. In what should be a defensive battle, Young will be key in defending the paint.


Arizona Player to Watch: Nick Johnson, G

Sophomore guard Nick Johnson is Arizona's leading scorer this season, averaging 13.6 points while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 38 percent from downtown. He's also averaging 3.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals.


Key Matchup: Florida Defense vs. Arizona Offense

Behind Johnson, Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill, Arizona has averaged 79.3 points per game this season, 28th in the nation.

On the other hand, Florida is allowing 48.3 points per game, the best mark in the country (via TeamRankings.com). That includes holding opponents to 35.5 percent shooting, second-best in the nation behind Syracuse.

Florida's defense will be a great test of Arizona's offensive attack.


Prediction: Florida 68, Arizona 60

In what should be a low-scoring game, I expect Florida to be able to hold Arizona to around 60 points. The Wildcats scored 63 points against Southern Miss and 66 points against Clemson in their last two games. 

While Florida hasn't averaged a lot of points this season, the Gators have been consistent on offense. Don't forget they dropped 74 points on Wisconsin on Nov. 14.


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