The latest 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and TV game featuring the No. 3 team in the land takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 11 as the Florida Gators visit the Tennessee Volunteers in an SEC showdown. Florida has been right near the top of the rankings for some time, now despite suffering a few earlier losses in the season. Tonight, Tennessee will try to score a major upset and maybe help their upcoming March Madness tournament chances. The latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game arrives for fans courtesy of various ESPN sources.
An ESPN.com game report from Feb. 11 notes that Florida has now won 15 straight games and allowed just 57.9 points to their opponents per game. That has ranked them sixth in the nation in scoring defense among Division I NCAA basketball teams. They currently sport a 21-2 record overall, with a 10-record in the SEC as the continue to hold one of the top overall rankings in the country. Depending on the poll, they're either above, or below the undefeated Wichita State Shockers, who some may contend haven't had the same schedule strength.
Tennessee played Florida back on Jan. 25 and came up on the losing side of a 67-41 rout from the Gators. Vols coach Cuonzo Martin praised the level of talent that exists in the current Florida lineup when he told the media:
"All those guys, (defense) has always been their makeup. You look at the previous years, they've never been go-to guys as far as scoring baskets for them. Now they're scoring the ball and defending at a high level. I think that's the biggest key. They've all bought into defending at a high level and they've figured this is the best way for us to be the best team to get where we're trying to go."
The Volunteers are currently sporting a record of 15-8 overall with an 11-2 home record. However, they are just 6-4 in their conference and will need some major wins to boost their NCAA tournament chances. Tennessee is currently led by Jordan McRae (19.3ppg) in scoring and Jarnell Stokes (10.3rpg) in rebounding. As a team they are 21st in the nation when it comes to rebounds, averaging 39.3 boards per game. Otherwise, they rank no higher than 134th in points, assists or field goal percentage. Of note, the Vols have lost to their ranked opponents this season including Wichita State, Kentucky and Florida. A win tonight will help them potentially get over "bubble" status when the tournament selections are made.
For Florida, their formula seems simple going forward: Just keep winning. With only two losses on their season so far to non-conference opponents, both of whom were ranked, the Gators can snatch a No. 1 seed when the NCAA tournament committee decides who is placed where. Should they lose again, they could potentially drop to a lower seed come tournament time. Billy Donovan's club is currently led by Casey Prather in scoring with his 15.6 points per game, while Dorian Finney-Smith and Patric Young are helping on the boards, as the No. 1 and 2 rebounders on the team.
As a team, Florida ranks 94th in the rebounding category, and could be in for an interesting battle of the boards with a team that ranks above them in that aspect of the game. Meanwhile, Florida shoots about 47% from the field per game, good for 66th in the nation, so if they heat up, it could be another long night for the Volunteers, and this time in front of their home town fans.
Tuesday's Florida vs. Tennessee TV and live stream basketball game has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised in standard and hi-definition formats on ESPN. In addition, WatchESPN, the official broadband sports network for ESPN, will have this game live streaming. This service is only available for participating cable and satellite companies' customers. See more info here from WatchESPN about how to watch tonight's game live online.