No. 5 Florida at No. 8 Arizona
When/where: 10; McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM
Records: Florida 7-0, Arizona 7-0
Notable: After rising to No. 5 in both the media and coaches polls, the question most asked about the Gators: Are they really this good? Despite beefing up their nonconference schedule, the Gators have dominated so far, holding five of seven opponents to fewer than 50 points. Tonight, Florida should get the challenge it expected but didn't receive from Wisconsin, Marquette and FSU. The Wildcats have won by an average of 20.4 points and are led by the guard duo of Nick Johnson and Mark Lyons, who average a combined 27 points per game. Arizona, which has its highest national ranking since being No. 7 in 2006-07, is shooting 40 percent from the field. The Gators rank in the top 10 nationally in four statistical categories, including scoring defense (second, 48.3) and scoring margin (third, plus-25.3).
Antonya English, Times staff writer