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Florida vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Game Thread: Yes, there's a basketball game today

Florida's first major sporting contest of Saturday: An early-season date with cupcake Arkansas-Little Rock.

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Florida's playing a big-ish football game tonight — but the Gators of the court have an undercard game against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans to deal with first.

Florida will still be without Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris, who were each supposed to return from suspension for this game. Finney-Smith is, in fact, off of his suspension, but the Virginia Tech transfer is suffering from an illness, according to Billy Donovan, and won't play on Saturday.

Harris, on the other hand, is far deeper in Donovan's doghouse. With his coach throwing around "not accountable" and "not responsible" for Harris, his suspension seems likely to be lengthy, even if it remains indefinite. Harris is not currently on the team, and not practicing with it; it's unclear when, or even if, he'll be joining the Gators this year.

That leaves Florida with the same rotation of players that it used to give Wisconsin a heck of a game in the Kohl Center on Tuesday, and a chance to try getting through a regular-season game with that rotation in which Kasey Hill doesn't suffer from crippling foul trouble and/or Patric Young plays well for the full span of his minutes.

I'm not convinced either is all that likely to happen, but Florida should still get a relatively easy win over UALR. The Trojans lost at home in their season opener to the North Florida team that the Gators held off in their season opener, and the Ospreys played poorly in that game, making just 25 of their 58 shots.

Here's hoping Hill, Young, and the rest of the Gators rebound from their close loss in Madison with a get-right game in Gainesville. You can see Florida vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Fox Sports Florida, or streaming online through GatorVision's premium service. Tip time is 4:30 p.m. Eastern.