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Gators preparing to handle strong 3-point shooting Fresno State



(Billy Donovan breaks down the matchup in video below)

Florida will play Fresno State today in the Orange Bowl Classic, the fourth out of six games away from the O’Connell Center so far this season and the second straight neutral site game.

Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on FSN/Sun Sports.

The Gators are competing in the Orange Bowl Classic for the 15th time and are going for their fourth consecutive win.

The Gators are coming off a three-game stretch against Top 15 opponents in which they went 2-1.

Although Fresno State is just 6-4, Florida coach Billy Donovan said that doesn’t mean the Gators aren’t facing a team as good  as some they’ve already played.

“I think sometimes for people that maybe somewhat follow college basketball, you see maybe a Memphis or a UConn or a Florida State or a Wisconsin or Kansas and you identify with that,” Donovan said. “But I think a lot of times people don’t understand how good Middle Tennessee State is, how good a Richmond is, how good Fresno State is, how talented they are. People don’t realize last year the Mountain West Conference was the No. 1 RPI conference in the country last year. They played against high-level teams in a high-level league. They are very talented. They are gifted.  . . In reality, it’s another really, really good opponent.”

Donovan breaks down today's matchup, with emphasis on how critical it will be to stop Fresno State's hot 3-point shooters.

[Last modified: Saturday, December 21, 2013 1:10am]


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