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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Who/When/Where: UF (4-3) at Louisville (3-2),

2 p.m., Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky.

Last Time Out:

UF lost 75-64 at Jacksonville Monday

Louisville won 80-53 vs. UT

"color: rgb(35, 31, 32);">Chattanooga on Nov. 24

Last Meeting:

Dec. 21, 2006: Louisville defeated UF 77-60

in Gainesville

Projected Starters:

Louisville:

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"color: rgb(35, 31, 32);">F Candyce Bingham (6-1, Jr.)

"color: rgb(35, 31, 32);">F Angel McCoughtry (6-1, Jr.)

"color: rgb(35, 31, 32);">C Chauntise Wright (6-3, Jr.)

"color: rgb(35, 31, 32);">G Patrika Barlow (5-6,

Sr.)

G

Brandie Radde (5-11, So.)

UF:

F Marshae Dotson (5-11, Jr.)

F Sharielle Smith (5-10, So.)

OR C Aneika Henry (6-3, Jr.)

G Lonnika Thompson (5-4, So.) OR G Brittaney

Thomas (5-8, So.)

G Sha Brooks (5-7, Jr.)

G Depree Bowden (5-11, Sr.)

For what it's worth, my guesses are Smith and

Thomas for the Gators.

Why Louisville Might Win:

This one will be interesting because it's the

Cardinals first home game of the season and certainly their most

difficult opponent so far. Louisville's most impressive win so far

would have to be a 25-point neutral-site victory vs. Delaware. That

still doesn't say much. They do have some good height down low,

including McCoughtry who was Big East Player of the Year last year.

Yeah that's right, McCoughty does play in the same conference as

Connecticut and Rutgers, so this girl can obviously play. Barlow's

average of 9.2 assists per game is ridiculous, no matter whom

they've played. Oh, and the Cardinals are 41-3 at home over the

past three years, including 21 of its last 22.

Why UF Might Win:

Once again it all depends what team steps up.

If it's the Gators team that beat Xavier and played Florida State

tough, then they can certainly play with Louisville and even

possibly pull it out. UF needs some consistency out of the point

guard position, whether it's Thompson or Thomas. Both played pretty

well early in the season with Thomas really stepping up her game

from last year. As of late that hasn't been the case and Thomas has

seen her playing time take a plummet as she's had difficulties

running the offense and taking control of the game.

Final Word:

I know it's only December, but I can't imagine

a team who doesn't win a road non-conference game making it into

the NCAA Tournament. The Gators are currently 0-2 heading into

today, losing at Nebraska and Jacksonville. UF will have only one

more road game after today (Jan. 5 against Temple). Today, it will

be looking to beat a Louisville team that's lost only three games

at home over the last three years, so it won't be easy. The Gators

have beaten some teams with height (see: Xavier). They've actually

had more difficulty with teams similar to them (see: Jacksonville,

Stetson, Robert Morris). Hard to figure out. Dotson needs to play

well and stay out of foul trouble and needs to at least come close

to matching the line that McCoughtry will put up. Then again this

UF team hasn't made sense all year, so it would probably figure

that they might win against a team that doesn't lose at home. We'll

see what happens.

I'm here in Louisville, so I'll provide some

live blogging if I have Internet access.

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