Payback time?

The television show 20/20 aired a two-hour episode Friday night dealing with revenge. The University of Florida basketball team wasn't included but it could've been, especially as relates to the Tennessee Vols.

Billy Donovan's Gators won the national title last season but didn't win the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division championship. That's because they lost twice to Bruce Pearl's Vols. The first setback occurred in Knoxville and snapped a 17-game winning streak. The second occurred in Gainesville and knocked Florida out of the Eastern Division race.

Payback could be on the menu today in Gainesville. Consider this: Jan. 13 in Columbia they put an 84-50 beat-down on South Carolina, which also beat the Gators twice last year. If the opportunity arises Florida is likely to put a similar hurting on Tennessee before a sellout crowd of blood-thirsty fans at the O'Connell Center.

The top-ranked Gators (20-2 overall, 7-0 in SEC play) appear capable of inflicting a frightful beating on the reeling Vols (15-7, 3-4), who have lost five of seven games – and star player Chris Lofton – after a 13-2 start. Still slowed by a sprained ankle, Lofton is doubtful for today's game.

In addition to the home-court advantage, the individual match-ups overwhelmingly favor Florida.

In the post the Gators start 6-10, 245-pound junior Al Horford, who averages 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He leads the SEC in field goal percentage at 64.6. Tennessee will answer with 6-9, 240-pound freshman Wayne Chism. He averages 8.5 points and 5.4 rebounds, while hitting 42.2 percent from the floor.

At power forward Florida starts 6-11, 230-pound junior All-American Joakim Noah (12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds). He was projected as the No. 1 pick had he entered the NBA Draft last June. Tennessee counters with 6-4, 205-pound senior Dane Bradshaw (6.6, 4.1).

At small forward Florida starts 6-9, 185-pound junior Corey Brewer, who averages 12.5 points per game and might be the SEC's most versatile player. Tennessee answers with 6-2, 196-pound junior JaJuan Smith (15.7 ppg).

At shooting guard Florida starts 6-2, 192-pound senior Lee Humphrey, who averages 10.9 points per game and leads the SEC in 3-point accuracy at 49.3 percent. Tennessee counters with 6-4 freshman Josh Tabb, who averages 3.5 points and shoots 34.3 percent from beyond the arc.

At point guard the Gators start 6-0, 188-pound junior Taurean Green, a preseason All-SEC pick who averages 13.6 points and 3.9 assists per game. Tennessee answers with 6-2, 185-pound freshman Ramar Smith, who averages 10.0 points and 3.1 assists.

Lincoln Financial Services will televise today's game, which tips off at 3 p.m. Tennessee returns home to host LSU Tuesday at 9 in a game that will be televised by ESPN.

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