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Tuesday November 26, 2013 Tickets for Friday night basketball vs. FSU remain

Updated: 8:21am, November 27

FSU tix GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- They didn’t quite make it into this week’s Associated Press Top 25, but make no mistake about the Florida State Seminoles.

They’re a very a good basketball team.

And they’re coming to the O’Connell Center Friday night.

The 15th-ranked Florida Gators (5-1) will butt heads with the Seminoles (5-1) in a 7:30 game on ESPN2. With a basketball game on the eve of the two schools’ annual football showdown, the atmosphere inside the O'Dome is expected to be a electric for what figures to be a sellout by tip-off.

As of Tuesday, about 600 tickets remained and available here on

UF has won four straight, after Monday night’s 86-60 road victory at Jacksonville, a game that marked the return of senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin.

Though two of Florida three players who began the season on the suspended list are back, the Gators are still dealing with some roster issues; an ankle sprain that has sidelined freshman point guard Kasey Hill since Nov. 18, and the loss of sophomore swingman DeVon Walker to a foot injury Monday night.

Hill is not expected to play against FSU, while the UF medical staff was scheduled to re-evaluate Walker's status Tuesday.

The Seminoles shocked then-No. 10 VCU last week with an 85-67 rout in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. FSU, which led that game by as many as 30, then lost 82-80 to reigning NCAA runner-up Michigan in overtime, and defeated Northeastern 62-60 in the tournament consolation game.

After their nice week in Puerto Rico, the Seminoles finished three spots out of the top 25  (and one place behind VCU).

FSU has a couple really good guards in senior Ian Miller (15.5 points per game) and sophomore Devon Bookert (13 points per game, 47 percent from 3-point range), but also a formidable frontcourt led by 6-foot-8 forward Okaro White (14.3 points, 7.5 rebounds).

For the Gators, the game will be a springboard into an absolutely brutal four-game stretch in their non-conference schedule: FSU; at 13th-ranked Connecticut (currently 6-0) on Monday night; home against No. 2 Kansas (4-0) on Dec. 10; then a neutral-site date against 21st-ranked Memphis (2-1) at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17.

Florida leads its all-time series with Florida State 42-22, including four straight victories. The Gators defeated the Seminoles 72-47 at Tallahassee on Dec. 5, 2012.

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