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Lions head to the Swamp to face nationally-ranked Florida

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From SLU Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Southeastern Louisiana University men's basketball team closes out a three-game road trip and faces its highest nationally-ranked opponent in a decade when it faces No. 8 Florida on Wednesday at the O'Connell Center.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST and can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the internet at www.LionSports.net. The game will also be televised live on Sun Sports and ESPN3.

Playing its third top-10 team since 2000 in Florida (7-1), and its first since facing No. 10-ranked Oklahoma State in the 2005 NCAA Championships, Southeastern (1-7) ends a rugged non-conference road slate that has included games at Wisconsin, Marquette and New Mexico State. The Lions, who faced No. 3-ranked Pitt in 2002, close out their non-conference schedule on Dec. 29 at home against Spring Hill College before opening Southland Conference play on Jan. 3 against league newcomer Oral Roberts.

Brandon Fortenberry leads Southeastern in scoring at 11.5 points per game with Jeffery Ricard (9.9), Roosevelt Johnson (7.9), Dre Evans (7.1) and Antonnio Benton (6.5) following. Onochie Ochie (5.3), Jeremy Campbell (4.1) and Todd Nelson (3.9) are next in scoring the Lions, who look to get out of a shooting drought in which they average 58.5 points per game while shooting 37 percent from the floor as a team.

Regarded as a team that is capable to reaching the Final Four, Florida is 5-0 at home this season highlighted by impressive wins over Wisconsin and Marquette. The Gators had their seven-game win streak snapped on Saturday in a last second loss at Arizona.

Kenny Boynton leads a balanced Florida scoring attack, averaging 72.4 points as a team, with 13.3 points per game. Erik Murphy is next in scoring at 12.3 points followed by Mike Rosario (12.0) and Patric Young (10.0). Young and Will Yeguete average a team-high 7.1 rebounds for the Gators.

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