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When/where: 3; Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville

TV/radio: Ch. 38; 620-AM

Records: UF 18-3, 5-1 SEC; Arkansas 15-5, 4-2

Notable: This is the first regular-season meeting between former colleagues and close friends Billy Donovan and John Pelphrey, who have known each other since Donovan was an assistant at Kentucky and Pelphrey was a player (1990-92). Pelphrey was an assistant under Donovan for eight seasons at UF. The Gators are tied atop the SEC East with Tennessee, which Florida faces Tuesday in Knoxville, but must avoid overlooking the Razorbacks. The Gatorshave had a week off since their upset blowout over then-ranked Vanderbilt, and Donovan said he's keenly interested in how they'll respond after having their rhythm disrupted. The challenge is to go into a hostile Bud Walton Arena and play the way they have during a three-game winning streak: solid defense, good 3-point shooting and strong play in the middle from center Marreese Speights and big-time shooting from freshman Nick Calathes, who is averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 assists in SEC play.

Antonya English,Times staff writer


USF at Louisville

When/where: 7; Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky.

Radio: 1010-AM

Records: USF 11-9, 1-6 Big East; Louisville 14-7, 3-5

Notable: USF knocked off a ranked Louisville team 74-58 in Tampa last year, limiting the Cardinals to 1-for-15 shooting on 3-pointers. Don't be fooled by the Cardinals' league record. Their losses are to Connecticut, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, five of the league's top six teams. It's Fan Appreciation Night at Freedom Hall, where Louisville is averaging 6,643 fans. Forward Angel McCoughtry, last year's Big East player of the year, leads the conference in scoring at 23.7 per game. USF is coming off a 23-point loss at Connecticut - the Bulls flew directly to Kentucky on Thursday - but Wednesday's loss still showed encouraging signs, especially in rebounding. USF's top rebounder is center Brittany Denson, who has averaged seven in 10 games since joining the team in December.

Greg Auman,Times staff writer

Numbers game - Tennessee guard Chris Lofton

His 3-point shooting the past three seasons:

313 of 714 (43.8 percent)

His 3-point shooting the first 18 games this season:

54 of 155 (34.8 percent)

His 3-point shooting the past two games:

12 of 22 (54.5 percent)