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Florida vs. Arkansas: Gators want another Hog roast at home under Billy Donovan

Florida's been great under Billy Donovan. Few teams know that better than every Arkansas team that has seen the Gators in Gainesville under Donovan.


Florida's first SEC loss came to Arkansas on the road. The Gators should be much better off against the Razorbacks at home on Saturday night (7 p.m. Eastern, ESPNU or WatchESPN), where they have been fantastic in 2012-13, and fantastic against the Hogs for the entirety of Billy Donovan's tenure.

Florida hasn't lost to Arkansas in the O'Connell Center since 1995, when the Hogs ran to a 94-85 win over the Gators. Since then, Florida's 8-0 against Arkansas at home, and just two of those wins have come by single digits, with Florida's average margin of victory over 16.3 points per game.

The last two Arkansas trips to Gainesville have been even worse, with Florida thumping the Hogs 75-43 in 2011 and 80-65 in 2009. 2013's edition might be even more lopsided, if Florida continues its stellar play at home and Arkansas the play that has netted it a 1-6 record on the road in SEC play so far.

Certainly, a blowout win over the Hogs would feel good after Florida's loss to Missouri on Tuesday, and provide a measure of vengeance for Arkansas' upset of the Gators in the Natural State.