JU continues road gauntlet against Florida

Dec. 2, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sunday began early for the JU men's basketball team in cold confines of East Lansing, Mich.

At 4:30 a.m., the Dolphins got a wake up call to brave the frozen conditions but their minds were focused on the next game - a trip to the home of the two-time defending national champions, Florida.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., with the game being televised on Sun Sports. The game can be heard on the JU flagship station, 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play.

JU faced its toughest test of the young season on Saturday at Michigan State and held its own for the first 32 minutes against the nation's 10th ranked team.

While there are no moral victories, there are positives to build on from facing one of the top teams in the country.

Jacksonville (3-3) held its own on the glass against one of the most physical teams in the country. The Dolphins finished the game with 15 second chance points, the third straight game in which JU has put up at least 15 points on offensive rebounds.

Where the Dolphins are looking to improve is getting to the free throw line. In the first four games, JU attempted at least 24 free throws.

In the past two games, JU has shot just 25 free throws, making only 16, which was mainly contributed by a 3-of-7 performance against Michigan State.

The matchup on Monday gives the Dolphins a chance to snap their six-game losing streak to the Gators. Jacksonville's last win in the series was in 1994, a 68-67 upset of the then eighth-ranked Gators.

The game also marks the midway point of the Dolphins' four games in eight days trip, featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 (Michigan State and Georgetown) and half of last year's Final Four (Florida and Georgetown).