Game preview: Florida Gators men's basketball vs. Central Florida

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Florida vs. Central Florida

When/where: 6:30 p.m., Jacksonville Veterans Arena

TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM

Records: Florida 7-2, UCF 5-3

Tickets: Available at the arena box office, (904) 630-3900

Notable: This is the second of three nonconference games the Gators play at neutral sites around the state (they won 86-65 over Missouri-Kansas City in Orlando on Nov. 30 and face Winthrop in Sunrise on Dec. 28). Coach Billy Donovan always has been a proponent of these games but said he believes they're more important this season. "I think it's good for recruiting to get into different areas of the state," Donovan said. "But I also think at this time, it's hard for people, the way the economy is right now, to drive (to Gainesville for games). It can become very, very expensive. So I've always felt if you could reach out to the fans and boosters in a way where you can at least make the effort to try to get close to them, where it's an easier and more convenient game for them to try to see, we always try to do that." … UCF has seven freshmen and 10 underclassmen on its squad and is the fifth-youngest team in the nation with an average age of 19.6. … Florida leads the series 8-0.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Game preview: Florida Gators men's basketball vs. Central Florida 12/19/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 19, 2008 9:35pm]

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