Today's state game
Florida vs. Troy
When/where: 7; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville
Records: Florida 2-0; Troy 2-0
Notable: This is the second of four games in the Legends Classic and is the first meeting between Florida and Troy. Troy returns four starters from last year's 19-13 team and has three preseason All-Sun Belt picks: senior guards Brandon Hazzard, Richard Delk and Michael Vogler. The Gators have held opponents to 47.5 percent shooting; Troy is averaging 105 points. The Gators are coming off a win Wednesday vs. Georgia Southern in which they shot 28 percent in the first half, and in two games UF is 3-of-29 from 3-point range. Defense has been the difference. "We've talked about it and emphasized it," coach Billy Donovan said. "We've won two games by 20-plus points, and we've won them being 3-for-(29) from the 3-point line. In years past, it probably would have spelled disaster early in the year. It's been our defense that's carried us."
Antonya English, Times staff writer