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Florida basketball: Gators look to end losing skid

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Florida guard Brandon McKissic (23) reacts after a play against Troy during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

North Florida (2-8) vs. No. 16 Florida (6-2)

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: O'Connell Center

TV: SEC Network. Radio: AM-850, 98.1-FM

BOTTOM LINE: No. 16 (USA Today coaches poll) Florida presents a tough challenge for North Florida. North Florida has lost both of its games against ranked teams this season. Florida lost 69-54 loss at home to Texas Southern on Monday. The Gators have won all nine meetings wtih UNF, including five under coach Mike White.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: The versatile Colin Castleton has put up 14.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and three blocks to lead the way for the Gators. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. is also a key contributor, producing 11 points per game. The Ospreys have been led by Carter Hendricksen, who is averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.

CLUTCH CARTER: Hendricksen has connected on 36.4 percent of the 66 3-pointers he's attempted and has made 9 of 33 over his last five games. He's also converted 83.3 percent of his foul shots this season.

SLIPPING AT 64: North Florida is 0-8 when it allows at least 64 points and 2-0 when it holds opponents to less than 64.

FLOOR SPACING: North Florida's Jose Placer has attempted 51 3-pointers and connected on 27.5 percent of them, and is 8 for 22 over the last three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The Florida defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 25 percent of all possessions, which is the 29th-highest rate in the country. North Florida has turned the ball over on 22.9 percent of its possessions (ranked 324th among Division I teams).

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