College basketball preview: No. 14 Florida Gators at Mississippi Rebels, 7 p.m. Thursday
No. 14 Florida at Mississippi
When/where: 7; Stephen C. M "Tad" Smith Coliseum, Oxford, Miss.
TV/radio: ESPN2; 620-AM
Records: Florida 15-4, 3-1 SEC; Mississippi 13-6, 3-2
Notable: This is the first of two games for the Gators in less than 48 hours after Florida played just one game last week because of a midweek bye. … Florida has won nine of the past 10 meetings with the Rebels, but three of the past four have been decided by six points or fewer. Tonight might fall into that close-game scenario as Ole Miss is 8-0 at home this season. … All five Gator regular starters are averaging double figures. … Mississippi's starting lineup includes junior F Reginald Buckner, the school's all-time leading shot-blocker and the SEC leader in that category. … Florida C Patric Young continues to deal with tendinitis in his ankle, and when he'll return to the starting lineup remains uncertain.
Antonya English, Times staff writer