Florida at Ohio State men's basketball preview glance; USF vs. North Florida women's basketball preview glance
No. 8 Florida at No. 3 Ohio State
When/where: 8, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV/radio: ESPN2; 620-AM
Records: Florida 1-0; Ohio State 1-0
Notable: Florida is 0-3 in Columbus. The Buckeyes return four of their top six scorers from last season's Sweet 16 team. This is the first big test for a Gator squad that has high expectations. The spotlight will shine on sophomore C Patric Young, who is adjusting to starting and being the primary player at the position for the Gators. Young faces a huge challenge in Ohio State 6-foot-9 F Jared Sullinger. "His size is the really big advantage that he has," Young said. "… He gets really good position and if you're not ready, once he digs you in, you can't get around him. So you have to be really alert and guarding him at all times because they have set plays where they are going to just wait for him to duck in and if you're not ready they'll just throw it in to him." The Gators are 4-7 all-time against Ohio State, 2-2 under Billy Donovan.
Times staff writer
When/where: 7, USF Rec Center, Tampa
Records: USF 1-2, UNF 0-1
Notable: USF got its first win Sunday against Minnesota after losing its first two in Daytona Beach. With the Sun Dome under renovation, the Rec Center will be the nonconference home, with Big East games at the Martinez Center at the University of Tampa. … Six-foot-4 junior center Caitlin Rowe leads the Bulls with 12.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. … UNF opened its season with a nine-point loss at Mississippi. The Ospreys have a local in 6-2 junior Larkira Jones, a Gibbs graduate who was the Atlantic Sun defensive player of the year last season. She had four points and 10 rebounds in the Ole Miss loss. … The Bulls have good balance on offense, with four players averaging 11 points per game or better.
Times staff writer