Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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College basketball preview: No. 14 Florida Gators vs. Air Force Falcons

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No. 14 Florida vs. Air Force

When/where: 4:30; BB&T Center, Sunrise

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM

Records: Air Force 8-2, Florida 8-2

Notable: This is Florida's 12th appearance in 13 seasons in the Orange Bowl Classic, and the Gators are 9-2 in the event. But Florida is coming off a tough 67-61 road loss to Kansas State and has lost two of its past three. … The Gators continue to rank third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 51.3 points per game. … Air Force's starters are all seniors, led by G Michael Lyons, who averages 20.5 points and is the team's leading rebounder (5.3). … Florida, which has struggled at times with its 3-point defense, will have to find a way to handle 6-foot-2 G Todd Fletcher, who is hitting 51 percent from 3-point range this season. Air Force averages 9.1 3-pointers, seventh in the nation.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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