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Gators play Auburn tonight in nationally televised game



Florida will  take the court for the first time this week when the Gators play at Auburn at 7 p.m.

The game will be televised on ESPN, and is the the first of three games over the next five days for Florida.

All five Gator starters are averaging in double figures, but it’s Florida’s defense that has coach Billy Donovan concerned. Florida began league play allowing opponents just 59.4 points per game, but in three SEC games the Gators are allowing 72.7 points.

Florida let a golden opportunity slip away this past Saturday with a home loss to South Carolina, so the Gators can’t make the mistake of taking Auburn lightly because the Tigers have struggled this season.  The Gators have won 12 of the last 13 meetings including two last season, but if this league has shown anything so far it’s that underdogs can play well, too.

“As you can see anything can happen on any given day,’’ junior guard Erving Walker said. “We lost to Jacksonville, Auburn beat Florida State and Florida State beat Duke. So competition changes daily and anything can happen. So we just need to focus on being the best team we can be. It’s Auburn but we’re not necessarily competing against Auburn, we’re competing against ourselves, trying to make sure we do the right things.’’

Florida coach Billy Donovan talks about what the Gators have to correct from the South Carolina game to earn a victory tonight.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 3:34pm]


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