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