The Florida Gators will look to stay hot when they hit the road on Saturday to take on an Ole Miss team that will be looking to rebound from a loss the last time out. The longtime SEC rivals are set to clash on Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 PM ET at The Pavilion in Oxford with this matchup airing live on CBS.
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Florida at Ole Miss
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi
Stream: CBS Sports
At the time of this writing, Florida was riding a five-game winning streak into its Wednesday night home date against Mississippi State that included a narrow 77-75 win at Missouri on Saturday.
With the game tied at 75 all, senior guard Chris Chiozza stepped in to steal a pass from Mizzou’s Jordan Geist before going coast-to-coast for a game-ending layup just before the buzzer to the give the Gators the win.
"I wasn’t really anywhere near the play," Chiozza said. "I just jumped it."
The play helped Florida coach Mike White recall another huge play his heady guard made last season when Chiozza hit a running three-pointer at the overtime buzzer to lift the Gators to an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.
"Very, very similar, with the same guy," White said. "He’s really smart. He’s an extremely quick thinker. He’s got extremely quick feet. He’s fast. He understands the game. He’s an older guard. He just happened to sniff it out. It was a gamble that paid off."
Ole Miss will be looking to bounce back from its 85-70 beatdown loss against No. 22 Auburn on Tuesday night that dropped the Rebels to 1-2 over their last three games. Breein Tyree scored a team-high 24 points for Ole Miss as the Rebels played without leading scorer Deandre Burnett. Unfortunately, Mississippi fell apart in the second half after leading their conference rivals 45-35 at the break.
"In the second half we just completely melted down, which allowed them to get out and do what they do and get off in the open floor and make plays," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
For this Saturday SEC showdown, the Florida Gators are the easy pick to win this one by a half-dozen points over an Ole Miss team that isn’t as offensively explosive as Florida and certainly doesn’t shoot it as well from the field.
None of Mississippi’s top four scorers shoot even 42.0 percent from the field and that’s just not going to cut it against a Florida team that has been in some big games this year against No. 7 Duke, No. 19 Clemson, and a very good Texas A&M squad.
Florida has held each of their last five opponents to 75 points or less while Ole Miss was held to 70 points against Auburn this week and just 60 points against Georgia on Jan. 3.