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Men's college basketball NIT preview: Florida vs. Penn State

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Florida vs. Penn State

When/where: 9 tonight; O'Connell Center, Gainesville

Records: UF 25-10; Penn State 24-11

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Tickets: Call the UF ticket office at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800, or go to gatorzone.com.

Notable: Florida is one win from the NIT semifinals in New York for the second straight year. … This is the first meeting between the schools since 1982, the first trip to Gainesville for Penn State. … Florida is 18-1 at the O'Connell Center. But to get to New York, the Gators will have to get past a Nittany Lions team that was among the final bubble teams for the NCAA Tournament and has wins over No. 9 Michigan State, No. 14 Purdue and twice against No. 18 Illinois. … Penn State G Talor Battle, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, left the game against Rhode Island Thursday in the final three minutes after injuring his left hip but is expected to play. He led the Big Ten in scoring (17.3 ppg) and was second in assists (4.9 apg). … Florida has jumped out to big leads on its NIT opponents, shooting 63.2 percent from the field and outscoring them by an average of 18.5 points in the first half.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Men's college basketball NIT preview: Florida vs. Penn State 03/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 23, 2009 11:03pm]
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