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Florida Gators men's basketball preview

Florida men

Coach: Billy Donovan (285-111, 12 seasons at UF; 320-135 overall).

Last season: 24-12 (8-8, fourth in SEC East). Advanced to Final Four of men's NIT (lost 78-66 to UMass).

Notable: Coming off back-to-back national titles, the Gators lost five starters, leaving Donovan with a full complement of young players who struggled with consistency throughout last season. Florida failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 seasons.

Roster

No. Name Ht Wt Pos. Yr.

1 Eloy Vargas 6-10 215 F/G Fr.

3 Ray Shipman 6-5 212 G/F Fr.

4 Kyle McClanahan 6-1 185 G Fr.

11 Erving Walker 5-8 161 G Fr.

14 Adam Allen 6-8 226 F So.

15 Walter Hodge 6-0 170 G Sr.

21 Dan Werner 6-8 230 F Jr.

24 Allan Chaney 6-8 231 F Fr.

23 Alex Tyus 6-8 220 F So.

25 Chandler Parsons 6-9 213 F So.

30 Kenny Kadji 6-10 245 F/G Fr.

32 Vernon Macklin 6-10 240 F Jr.

33 Nick Calathes 6-6 194 G/F So.

40 Hudson Fricke 6-1 193 G So.

Schedule

Friday Toledo 6

Sunday Bradley 2:15

Nov. 20 Southern Utah 8

Nov. 24 Syracuse 7:30 at Kansas City, Mo.

Nov. 25 Washington/Kansas TBA at Kansas City, Mo.

Nov. 30 Missouri-Kansas City 1 at Orlando

Dec. 2 Florida A&M 7

Dec. 7 at Florida State 6

Dec. 10 Florida Gulf Coast 8

Dec. 20 UCF 6:30 at Jacksonville

Dec. 22 Georgia Southern 7

Dec. 28 Winthrop 6:30 at BankAtlantic Arena

Dec. 30 Stetson 1

Jan. 3 North Carolina State 4

Jan. 6 Longwood 7

Jan. 10 Ole Miss 6

Jan. 14 at Auburn 8

Jan. 17 Arkansas 2

Jan. 21 at South Carolina 7

Jan. 25 at Vanderbilt 1:30

Jan. 28 Georgia 8

Jan. 31 at Tennessee 9

Feb. 3 South Carolina 9

Feb. 10 at Kentucky 9

Feb. 14 at Georgia 3:30

Feb. 18 Alabama 7

Feb. 21 Vanderbilt 3

Feb. 24 LSU 9

March 1 Tennessee 2

March 4 at Mississippi State 8

March 7 Kentucky 2

March 12-15 SEC tournament*

* At St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Florida Gators men's basketball preview 11/11/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 6:57pm]
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