Florida meets LSU in SEC quarters

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Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford (10) is trapped between Florida defenders Kevarrius Hayes, left, and Andrew Nembhard (2) in the first half Thursday at the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Florida (18-14, 10-9) vs. No. 1 seed LSU (26-5, 16-2)

Southeastern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; 1 p.m. today EDT.TV: ESPN

RADIO: 103.7-FM, AM-850

BOTTOM LINE: Florida is set to face off against LSU in the quarterfinals of the SEC tourney. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played each other on March 6, when the Tigers shot 43.1 percent from the field en route to a 79-78 victory.

Javonte Smart, who was held out of LSU’s regular-season finale last week amid an investigation into suspended coach Will Wade, has been cleared to play Friday in LSU’s game against Florida.

ACCURATE ALLEN: KeVaughn Allen has connected on 33.3 percent of the 171 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 14 over his last three games. He’s also converted 88.4 percent of his foul shots this season.

ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Gators have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Tigers. LSU has an assist on 38 of 89 field goals (42.7 percent) across its past three games while Florida has assists on 35 of 71 field goals (49.3 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Florida defense has held opponents to just 63.3 points per game, the 20th-lowest in Division I. LSU has given up an average of 72.9 points through 31 games (ranked 201st, nationally).