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With short turnaround and new No. 2 ranking, Gators take on Arkansas tonight



Three days after defeating then-No. 16 Ole Miss at home, Florida is back on the road tonight with a game against Arkansas. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Florida moved up two spots to No. 2 in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls, and is on a 10-game winning streak.

In th past, Florida has had its struggles at Bud Walton Arena, with just a 4-7 record, but has won four consecutive and eight of the last nine games against the Razorbacks. 

The Gators rank second in the nation in scoring defense (51.0 points), but Arkansas has scored 70 or more in 13 home games this season.

Florida coach Billy Donovan talks about the quick turnaround and playing at Bud Walton Arena:

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said the Gators are playing like an NCAA championship contender, and look forward to tonight's challenge.

"Big Tuesday game and we're having a big challenge and a tremendous opportunity to play against a Florida team that I guess when you talk about teams that are well put together and playing some tremendous basketball, having almost five guys averaging double figures, one of the higher field goal percentage shooting teams,'' Anderson said. "And we all are aware of the 3-point shooting team that they are. They've got the right pieces. (Erik) Murphy is playing at a high level, (Kenny) Boynton is leading them in scoring and of course you've got Patric Young in the middle. . . (Rosario) can really shoot the triple and then you've got Scottie Wilbekin back. So Billy has his whole team. I think he likes it. When you are beating people by
20 and 25 points, 30 points in league play you've got something brewing that's really special.''



[Last modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:46pm]


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