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Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers men's basketball preview capsule

Florida vs. LSU

When/where: 8, Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville

TV/radio: FSN, 1250-AM

Records: Florida 11-5, 0-2 SEC; LSU 9-7, 0-2.

Notable: These teams are desperate to get a jump start in league play. Florida is trying to earn its first SEC win this season against a team it hasn't beaten since 2006 — LSU has won six of the past eight in the series. But the Tigers come in struggling, having been outscored 17-1 in the final eight minutes in its previous game against South Carolina, a 67-58 loss. LSU coach Trent Johnson said he hopes the Tigers can finally put together a full 40-minute game. Both teams have depleted rosters, using just seven or eight players, but UF coach Billy Donovan said their styles are different. "They are a team that would maybe prefer to make the game just totally half-court, whereas I think we're trying to maybe score a little bit more in transition, maybe trying to score for our defense a little bit more," he said. With forward Kenny Kadji (back) still out, the Gators need center Vernon Macklin to stay out of foul trouble; he has had nine in the past two games. "It's early, but we've got to start getting wins now," UF sophomore guard Erving Walker said.

Antonya English, Times Staff Writer

Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers men's basketball preview capsule 01/15/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:22am]
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