Gators Basketball: Florida Looking for Revenge Against Jacksonville Dolphins

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IINovember 25, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan looks on during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena on November 15, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Florida 81-74. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators have looked sloppy at times this year. Last year, the Gators lost to the Jacksonville Dolphins in a shocker. Tonight the two meet in a non-conference matchup at Florida.

Florida comes into this game with a 3-1 record. Jacksonville comes in at 2-2. The Dolphins are led by Aloys Cabell. Cabell is averaging 13.7 points per game. Delwan Graham is also a leader for Jacksonville and has been grabbing eight boards a game. 

Jacksonville has a good defense that the Gators will need to establish a presence in the paint. The Dolphins allow only 66 points a game. The problem for the Dolphins is they struggle to score. The Dolphins, averaging only 68 points a game, have struggled to pull away from quality teams. 

Florida's defense is just as good. The Gators give up only 65 points a game.

The problem for the Dolphins will be the Gators offense. Florida is the 16th-best team in the country in scoring. Led by Kenny Boynton and Brad Beal, the Gators have been scoring 85.5 points a game.

Jacksonville will feel the payback today. Florida is going to dominate from the tip off. Look for Patric Young, Brad Beal and Erik Murphy to make their mark down low. Florida could easily score 100 points today.

Bench play will be big for the Gators today. Mike Rosario will have a big game tonight. Rosario is averaging about 20 minutes a game this season. Look for about 25 minutes tonight; I feel he will get his first double-double for the Gators.

Florida is easily one of the top 15 teams in the country. Their issue is that they sometimes look like the shouldn't be in the top 25.

The Gators need easy games tonight and Monday against Stetson before they get Syracuse and Arizona in the first two games of December.