Today's major state games
Florida vs. Mississippi State
When/where: 1:30; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville
TV/radio: Ch. 38; 1250-AM
Records: Florida 16-6, 5-3 SEC; Mississippi State 16-6, 4-3
Notable: The Gators will take the court less than 48 hours after their one-point road win over Alabama needing to strengthen their NCAA Tournament resume. "Everybody in our league at some point or another has got to deal with it," coach Billy Donovan said. That includes the Bulldogs, who lost 75-72 at No. 18 Vanderbilt on Thursday. … Mississippi State 6-foot-9 F Jarvis Varnado averages 5.2 blocks and is on pace to break the NCAA record. He averages 11.2 rebounds.
Antonya English, Times staff writer