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College basketball preview: Florida Gators vs. North Carolina A&T

No. 9 Florida vs. North Carolina A&T

When/where: 7; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Records: Florida 1-1; N.C. A&T 1-2

Notable: Florida returns to the court two days after a disappointing loss to No. 4 Ohio State, a game the Gators had hoped would prove they were worthy of a top 10 ranking. The 18-point loss proved otherwise. Now Florida has to regroup quickly and will have to do so without starting forward Alex Tyus and with an ailing starting center in Vernon Macklin. Tyus suffered a concussion Tuesday. Macklin is battling a knee injury and did not practice Wednesday but is expected to play tonight. … Florida is averaging 35 points in the paint and has outrebounded its first two opponents, but coach Billy Donovan said the team is still exhibiting many of the problems that plagued it last season, including a lack of discipline and poor decision-making at point guard. … Senior center Thomas Coleman leads North Carolina A&T with 13.5 points and 12 rebounds. Nic Simpson and Marc Hill are averaging 11.7 and 12.7 points respectively.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College basketball preview: Florida Gators vs. North Carolina A&T 11/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 8:34pm]
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