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College basketball preview capsule: No. 17 Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers

No. 17 Florida vs. LSU

When/where: 6, O'Connell Center, Gainesville

TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM

Records: Florida 14-4, 2-1 SEC; LSU 12-6, 2-2

Notable: The Gators take the court for the first time since last Saturday, having had a midweek bye. Florida is trying to extend its home winning streak to 16 in a row dating to last season. … UF sophomore C Patric Young is still hobbled by tendonitis in his ankle. He was removed from the starting lineup against South Carolina because of his inability to move well during pregame warmups, and his status today will be determined by how well he has progressed this week. "I think a lot will depend on what we get out of him in practice," UF coach Billy Donovan said. "That's going to be the big thing, what he's able to do, and how much he can tolerate. If it's a situation where he's in the same position he was against South Caorlina, it's a decision I'll make closer to the game." … This is another contest for the Gators against a tough defensive team. Florida is ranked No. 8 nationally in total offense, but LSU has held 12 of its 18 opponents to fewer than 60 points this season. The Tigers have won 11 of those games. And while Florida leads the nation in 3-point field goals made (10.8 per game), LSU's defense is holding opponents to 30.9 percent from 3-point range. … With Young's ailing ankle, if the Gators aren't hitting from the outside it'll be imperative that the other post players — Will Yeguete, Erik Murphy and Cody Larson — play well to help UF's inside game.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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