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College basketball preview: Florida Gators vs. Kansas State Wildcats, 8 p.m. Saturday

No. 8 Florida vs. Kansas State

When/where: 8 tonight; Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

TV/radio: ESPN2; 620-AM

Records: Florida 8-1, Kansas State 8-2

Notable: One week after traveling across country to play Arizona, Florida embarks on another road trip. This is deemed a neutral-site contest but clearly is like a home game for the Wildcats, which is the way UF coach Billy Donovan approaches it. K-State is in its first season under coach Bruce Weber, with its only losses to two ranked teams, Michigan and Gonzaga. UF tops the nation in scoring defense (49.6 ppg) but faces a formidable offensive threat in G and leading scorer Rodney McGruder (13.7 ppg). "McGruder may be the best player individually that we've played against this year," Donovan said. "A preseason player of the year candidate, he's played a lot of games from Day 1. … They run a lot of different screening action for him. … We can't play for 38½ minutes, we have to play for 40."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College basketball preview: Florida Gators vs. Kansas State Wildcats, 8 p.m. Saturday 12/21/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 11:10pm]
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