No. 13 Florida vs. Mississippi Valley St.
When/where: 7; O'Connell Center, Gainesville
TV/radio: FSN; 620-AM
Records: Florida 8-2, Mississippi Valley State 1-8
Notable: The Gators return to the court two days after a double-digit victory over No. 22 Texas A&M in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at Sunrise. Florida played four of its first five games on the road and now begins a five-game stretch that includes four home games. The Gators will be trying to win their 11th consecutive home game dating to last season. Mississippi Valley State starts five seniors, led by C Paul Crosby, who averages 14.1 points. The Delta Devils have played a brutal nonconference schedule that includes road games against North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Arkansas, Northwestern, Iowa State, Ole Miss and DePaul. Delta Devils coach Sean Woods is a former Kentucky star who played with Florida assistant John Pelphrey when UF coach Billy Donovan was an assistant on that Kentucky team.
Antonya English, Times staff writer