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Florida vs. Auburn, Game Thread: Gators take to the Plains

Florida's first road game since its lone SEC loss comes at Auburn.


Florida's last road game produced an 80-69 loss to Arkansas nearly two weeks ago; in the time since, the Gators have thrashed both Mississippi State and Kentucky at home. Saturday, at Auburn (1:30 p.m., SEC Network or ESPN3), Florida looks to continue those winning ways against one of the SEC's worst teams.

If you read my answers to College and Magnolia's questions, or the answers Chris Fuhrmeister and Lance Davis provided to mine, you know that Auburn's not in great shape: Seniors Rob Chubb and Frankie Sullivan, expected to lead the Tigers this season, are struggling in SEC play, with Chubb reaching double digits in points just once in Auburn's last seven games and Sullivan topping 100 in Offensive Rating three times against conference foes.

Sullivan takes most of Auburn's shots, but he's not exactly a good shooter, sitting at 37.7 percent from the field on the year, and Chubb's rebounding skills do the Tigers no good on the bench, where he's spent plenty of time in the last six weeks thanks to foul trouble.

That spells serious trouble against the Gators, who eat up poor-shooting guards with strong perimeter defense from Scottie Wilbekin and Kenny Boynton, especially if Patric Young can work effectively against Chubb.

This shouldn't be a close game, with one of the nation's best teams facing one of the SEC's worst, but the Gators haven't beaten Auburn by more than 16 since 2007. That may change today.