Men's basketball faces biggest test of the season on Sunday

Dec. 16, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team completed their final exams last week. On Sunday, they will be facing a much bigger test.

The test for the Dolphins is facing #6 Florida on its home court, where the Gators are sporting a 12-game winning streak. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

"Florida is an excellent team that is playing really well right now," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "This is a great opportunity for our program to face one of the top teams in the country and see how we measure up."

Jacksonville comes into Sunday's contest looking for its first road win of the year and trying to snap a three-game losing streak. Florida is also the fifth game against an in-state rival for the Dolphins this year.

The Dolphins also are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak against team in the AP Top 25. The last time JU knocked off a team in the top 25 was against then #8 Florida on Dec. 21, 1994. The Dolphins are 12-33 all-time against the AP Top 25, but are just 1-15 on the road against top 25 teams.

Jacksonville at #6 Florida

When: Sunday, Dec. 18 (1 p.m.)

Where: Gainesville, Fla. (O'Connell Center)

JU Record: 1-5

Florida Record: 9-0

Series: Florida leads 23-4

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 12:45 p.m.

TV: Sun Sports - Larry Vettel (play-by-play), Bill Koss (color)

Web: Live audio on at 12:45 p.m.

JU Notables: Jacksonville's 1-5 start is the worst start for the Dolphins since the 1997-98 season...JU fell behind 9-0 to Georgia Southern, the sixth straight game in which the Dolphins have fallen behind by eight or more points early...JU has not led at any point in the last two games.

JU player notes: Marcus Allen recorded his second straight double-double off the bench, getting 14 points and 11 boards against Georgia Southern...Aubrey Conerly recorded his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists...Bryan Hipsher got his first career start at JU, replacing an injured Jesse Kimbrough in the lineup.

Florida Notables: The University of Florida remains at home, returning to action after a nine-day break for finals, as Jacksonville University comes to the O'Connell Center...The Gators are off to a 9-0 start for the first time in 54 years and can match that 1951-52 squad with the best starts in school history with a win over JU...Florida is in the midst of a 12-game winning streak at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, the longest streak since a school-record 19-game home winning streak that last over the final four games of the 2001-02 season and the first 15 home dates of the 2002-03 season...Florida hasn't lost at home since January 19, 2005 in overtime against Tennessee...The streak started six days later with a 70-47 win over Georgia on Jan. 25, 2005...Florida has won five of its nine games against teams from major basketball conferences and are 2-0 against the ACC, 2-0 against the Big East and 1-0 against Conference USA...All five starters are averaging in double figures and between head coach Billy Donovan's target goal of having a high number of scorers between 10-15 points.