Gator hoops in Vegas

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Greetings, this my first blog post on Gainesville.com. I know some of you may be fretting the ease of Florida’s early-season basketball schedule. But things should pick up weekend, when Florida faces Western Kentucky and No. 10 Kansas. Western Kentucky rallied to beat Georgia earlier this season and features a player some consider the best college basketball in the state — guard Courtney Lee. Kasnas already suffered the SI jinx, losing at home to Oral Roberts after being picked preseason No. 1 in the magazine. But there’s still a lot of talent on the Jayhawks, led by preseason All-American guard Brandon Rush, a player that Florida coach Billy Donovan recruited at the end of the 2005 season. Anyway, it should be a lot of fun and I’ll try to add some insights on my first trip to Vegas along the way. The early advice — don’t bring your ATM card.