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• What: LSU (13-9, 4-6 SEC) at Florida (15-8, 6-4 SEC)
• When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
• Where: Exactech Arena, Gainesville, Fla.
• All-time series: LSU leads 63-45
• Last meeting: Florida 106, LSU 71 (Jan. 25, 2017 in Baton Rouge)
• Streaking: LSU (W1), Florida (L2)
• TV: SEC Network (Mike Morgan, play-by-play; Pat Bradley, analyst)
• Online: ESPN.com/watch
• Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1350; KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Chris Blair, play-by-play; John Brady, analyst)
• In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
• Up next: vs. Ole Miss, 3 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU)
With renewed confidence after a solid shooting performance in Saturday’s 94-86 win against Arkansas to start the second half of SEC play, LSU will try to keep it going against Florida. The task won’t be any easier for the Tigers, who have to go on the road to face an angry Gators team that’s reeling from three losses in their last four outings with each of those setbacks coming in league play — including two in a row on their home floor. The lone victory in that stretch for UF came against Baylor in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Despite the presence of four veteran guards in Chris Chiozza, KeVaughn Allen, Egor Koulechov and Jalen Hudson, Florida has struggled from the field. The Gators have shot better than 45.0 percent from the field twice in their last nine games — hitting just 36.5 and 33.3 percent in their last two games against Georgia and Alabama. The good news for Florida is that LSU has allowed 88.3 points per game in its last three outings. The Tigers gave up 95 points to Auburn, 84 to Tennessee and 86 to Arkansas — after yielding just 64.4 points per game in their previous 10 contests.
• SERVING NOTICE: LSU is one of only nine teams that, as of Tuesday, have at least six wins against top-50 NCAA RPI teams. The Tigers beat Texas A&M and Arkansas twice each and have also topped Arkansas and Michigan.
• GETTING A START: Guard Daryl Edwards will get a chance to start tonight because of his defense, but he’s come on lately on offense. The junior-college transfer is 13 of 23 from the field (56.5 percent) in the last four games.
• ON THE BACKBOARDS: LSU, which has outrebounded its opponent in just two of 10 SEC games, is last in the conference in that category. The Tigers average 33.3 rebounds a game overall, but that drops to 30.5 in league games.
• SHARPSHOOTERS: Florida has the top three free-throw shooters in the SEC in Egor Koulechov (90.9 percent), KeVaughn Allen (90.8) and Chris Chiozza (88.1). Koulechov and Allen have missed just six free throws each.
• TAKING A FALL: Mike White’s team was ranked as high as fifth in the nation in the first week of December after a 5-0 start, but the Gators are only 10-7 since then and fell out of the AP and coaches poll this week.
By the numbers
6-2 — LSU’s record this season when Daryl Edwards is in the starting lineup. Edwards is expected to return to the lineup at Florida tonight after coming off the bench the past six games.
LSU Tigers (13-9, 4-6 SEC)
• G Tremont Waters, 5-11, Fr., 15.3 ppg, 5.9 apg
• G Skylar Mays, 6-4, So., 11.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg
• G Daryl Edwards, 6-3, Jr., 6.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg
• F Aaron Epps, 6-10, Sr., 9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg
• F Duop Reath, 6-11, Sr., 14.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
• G Brandon Sampson, 6-5, Jr., 7.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
• G Randy Onwuasor, 6-3, Sr., 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
• F Wayde Sims, 6-6, So., 5.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Florida Gators (15-8, 6-4 SEC)
• G Chris Chiozza, 6-0, Sr., 12.3 ppg, 6.0 apg
• G KeVaughn Allen, 6-2, Jr., 11.5 ppg, 2.1 apg
• G Egor Koulechov, 6-5, Sr., 14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg
• F Keith Stone, 6-8, So., 8.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg
• F Kevarrius Hayes, 6-9, Jr., 5.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg
• G Jalen Hudson, 6-6, Jr., 15.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg
• G Deaundrae Ballard, 6-5, Fr., 4.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
• G Mike Okauru, 6-3, Fr., 3.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg