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December 22, 2006
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Many were eager to see Greg Oden make his collegiate debut earlier than expected. We're guessing the Florida Gators were not among that group.
Unlike North Carolina (9-1), which got to face Ohio State (10-1) without the mega-hyped prep star last month, the Gators (10-2) won't be so fortunate.
Florida plays host to the Buckeyes and Oden on Saturday, a full three weeks after Oden played his first game. The top-five showdown has been chosen as Rivals.com's Game of the Week.
The 7-foot-1 Oden, who was originally scheduled to return from a wrist injury on Jan. 1, has played four games and is off to an impressive start. He's averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks a game, while shooting 73 percent from the field.
Making matters worse for the Gators is the recent news that power forward Al Horford, one of the nation's top post players, will miss the game because of a sprained ankle. Horford, who has missed the last two games with the ankle injury, is the Gators' leading scorer and rebounder. He is averaging 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.
We break down all the individual matchups (with the presumption that Chris Richard will start in place of Horford) in this in-depth preview: