Florida vs. South Carolina
When/where: 1:30; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville
TV/radio: Ch. 38; 620-AM
Records: Florida 13-3, 2-0 SEC; South Carolina 10-5, 1-1
Notable: The Gators are coming off an 81-75 overtime road win over Tennessee this week. Four Gators are averaging double figures in scoring, led by G Erving Walker (14.4). But coach Billy Donovan said he's concerned about the defensive effort and hopes to see improvement against a Gamecocks team that averages 71.8 points and hits 36 percent from 3-point range. … Though Florida has won 20 of the past 25 meetings in this series, few have been easy. Each of the past two years, there has been at least one buzzer-beater, and 10 of the past 12 have been decided by six points or fewer. "South Carolina is one of those teams that if you don't come out (strong) in the second half, they can come back on you," Gators G Kenny Boynton said. "They never go away."
Antonya English, Times staff writer