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<p>UF guard Eleanna Christinaki drives down the court during Florida's 53-45 win against LSU on Jan. 17, 2016, in the O'Connell Center.</p>

UF guard Eleanna Christinaki drives down the court during Florida's 53-45 win against LSU on Jan. 17, 2016, in the O'Connell Center.

Alabama’s schedule is unusual.

The Crimson Tide (13-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) have played a total of 18 games, but only four have been true road games.

Alabama is 0-4 in those games.

No. 22 Florida (15-3, 3-2 SEC) will look to hand Alabama its fifth road loss when the Crimson Tide come to Gainesville tonight at 7.

Led by the sophomore duo of Hannah Cook and Karyla Middlebrook — the Crimson Tide’s top scorers — Alabama is surging after a 64-50 win over Georgia on Sunday.

Georgia defeated the Gators 71-61 a week ago today in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score would indicate.

However, Florida is feeling motivated itself after a come-from-behind win against LSU on Sunday in which the Gators showcased their versatility.

"We had to win in a way that was not us and I think that really shows great growth of our team," head coach Amanda Butler said."

Florida is led by freshman Eleanna Christinaki and junior Ronni Williams, who both put up double figures in the win over LSU.

At the beginning of the season, Christinaki was a virtual unknown in the SEC as a freshman from Athens, Greece. However, with plenty of film now available, teams like Alabama have a new tool to slow her and the rest of the Gators down, and vice versa.

Butler said that this late in the season, the ability to do that kind of scouting makes every team more dangerous.

"It’s the time of year where… there’s not any secrets anymore," she said.

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Armed with a more advanced scouting report, the Gators will try to defend their home court for the second time in four SEC games.

"It’s another opportunity at home, and we’ve got to handle our business," Butler said.

Contact Ethan Bauer at ebauer@alligator.org and follow him on Twitter @ebaueri

UF guard Eleanna Christinaki drives down the court during Florida's 53-45 win against LSU on Jan. 17, 2016, in the O'Connell Center.

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