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Florida vs. UCF basketball primer


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Florida will hosts UCF in a Black Friday matchup, which will see the Gators at full strength for the first time all season.

Where: Stephen C. O’Connell Center

When: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Sun Sports/ ESPN Radio 850/900

Florida Gators (4-0)

The No. 7 Florida Gators remain undefeated on the season, despite not being at full strength throughout early going. On Friday, the Gators will have every player available for the first time in 2012. Junior forward Casey Prather has been cleared to play and will start at small forward. Prather showed immense improvement throughout last season and provides athleticism, rebounding and defense for the Gators. The return of Prather will force junior forward Will Yeguete to the bench, allowing the Gators to play with more depth. Senior guard Kenny Boynton leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Junior center Patric Young had his best game on Tuesday against Savannah State, where he had 13 points and 11 rebounds and will look to dominate the paint once again.

UCF Knights (3-1)

UCF is coming off a crushing, 75-61, loss to Middle Tennessee, giving the Knights their first loss of the season (the Gators defeated Middle Tennessee on Sunday, 66-45). Despite losing to a team that Florida easily defeated, UCF is a team that can do damage when it gets hot. The Knights posses two of the best players in Conference USA. Junior guard Isaiah Sykes leads the team in points (17.5) and assists (5) and could give the small guards of Florida trouble with his length at 6’5″. The other player to watch for UCF is 6’9″ senior power-forward Keith Clanton, who is a double-double machine. Clanton leads the team in rebounding with 11.8 per game, while averaging 17 points per game. He was especially dominate in the loss against Middle Tennessee, where he put up 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four blocks. Beside Sykes and Clanton, there is nothing offensively for Florida to fear from the Knights.

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