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College basketball preview: Florida Gators vs. Syracuse


No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Syracuse

When/where: 9; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Records: Florida 8-0, Syracuse 8-0

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Notable: The Gators and Orange meet in the second game of a doubleheader in the Big East/SEC Invitational. DePaul faces Mississippi State in the first game at 6:30. … Syracuse earned the Coaches vs. Cancer title with wins over UNC and Cal. … With their defense the stabilizing factor early in the season, the Gators have found offensive rhythm in the past three games, shooting more than 50 percent. Florida's backcourt duo of freshman Kenny Boynton and sophomore Erving Walker are averaging 25.7 points and 8.5 assists. … Florida has to handle junior forward Wes Johnson, who leads the team with 17 points and 7.3 rebounds, and battle the size of 6-foot-9 center Arinze Onuaku.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College basketball preview: Florida Gators vs. Syracuse 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 9:37pm]
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