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Mississippi State Vs. Florida: Gators Aim For 17th Straight Home Win

Billy Donovan and his No. 14 Florida Gators (16-4, 4-1) look to win their 17th straight home game Saturday when they welcome Rick Stansbury and his No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-4, 4-2) to the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville.

Billy Donovan and his No. 14 Florida Gators (16-4, 4-1) look to win their 17th straight home game Saturday when they welcome Rick Stansbury and his No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-4, 4-2) to the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville. The Gators have not lost a home contest since January 15 of 2011, defeating visitors by an average of 20 points during the streak.

Florida is coming off a 64-60 win over Mississippi on Thursday. The Gators trailed 20-4 eight minutes into that contest, and by ten at halftime, before Patric Young and Kenny Boynton led the team to their fourth win in a row.

Mississippi State will not be intimidated by the Gators or their home court advantage. The Bulldogs have won four of their last five meetings with Florida, and have prevailed twice in their last four trips to the O'Connell Center.

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