Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winless Dolphins Face Unbeaten Gators; Florida Has Eight-Game Winning Streak in One-Sided Series

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winless Dolphins Face Unbeaten Gators; Florida Has Eight-Game Winning Streak in One-Sided Series

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

No team has dominated Jacksonville University in basketball more than Florida.

JU (4-27 against UF) hopes to end a string of eight consecutive losses to the Gators when they play at 7 p.m. today at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

It's the homer opener for the 0-4 Dolphins.

No. 13 Florida is 7-0.

While the records are on opposite ends of the spectrum, so is the quality of opposition, according to the latest Sagarin strength-of-schedule rankings. Florida's schedule is ranked 278th (out of 347 teams), and JU's strength of schedule is currently rated No. 1 in the country.

"We've had a very challenging schedule so far," JU coach Cliff Warren said. "If anybody knows anything about college basketball, [they'll know] some of the teams we've faced are very, very good. The teams that we've faced so far will probably be contenders in their league, win their leagues and possibly get to the NCAA Tournament."

JU's losses were to Florida State, California, South Carolina and Georgia State. They have a combined record of 19-9.

Florida is the third Associated Press Top 25 team the Dolphins have faced this season.

JU has lost 12 in a row to ranked teams, dating to a 68-67 victory over No. 8 Florida in 1994. That was the Dolphins' last win over the Gators.

Florida coach Billy Donovan spoke highly of the Dolphins.

"Jacksonville has been hurt by their schedule thus far, all road games," said Donovan, who is 24-0 against Atlantic Sun Conference teams in his career. "We played them last year in the NIT, and that was their last game of the year, and this is now their first home of this year, so I'm sure there will be a lot of excitement ...

"... It would be nice if we could make it into a homecourt advantage for us. That would be great. I think Jacksonville has always treated Florida very, very well, and hopefully they'll treat us well on Friday night. …

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