The No. 19 Florida Gators (13-4, 1-1 SEC) visit the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-8, 0-2) Saturday evening with Billy Donovan's club still looking for their first true road win of the season. Florida has respectable losses to then-No. 3 Ohio State and current No. 1 Syracuse on the road, but has also dropped a double-overtime game at Rutgers and been beaten 67-56 by the Tennessee Volunteers in their conference opener.
Florida freshman Bradley Beal, the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year, has begun to snap out of an early season slump for the Gators. Beal scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Florida's 70-48 thrashing of Georgia on Tuesday night, his third double-double of the season. Entering that game, Beal had been mired in a 14 for 47 shooting slump.
South Carolina has lost 11 of its past 12 games against SEC competition. The Gamecocks scored just 12 first half points in a 67-57 loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, and remain winless in the conference.
Florida leads the all-time series with South Carolina 37-22 and has won eight of the last 11 meetings. The teams split their two games last season, with each team winning on the road.
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