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Gators not focusing on home streak

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GAINESVILLE — The old saying that those who forget the past are destined to repeat it doesn’t apply in this case, at least in Florida coach Billy Donovan’s mind.

The No. 7 Gators (13-2, 2-0 SEC) seek a program-record 25th straight home victory tonight when Georgia (8-6, 2-0) visits the O’Connell Center. UF has won 11 games in a row against the Bulldogs in Gainesville.

A slam dunk, right?

Certainly not in Donovan’s eyes.

“I never looked at it that way in terms of a streak,’’ Donovan said. “Every game is different and new, it’s got its own set of challenges every game. ... It’s just another game we’re playing at home. Everything that’s happened in the past has got nothing to with (tonight).’’

Georgia owns an overtime win at then-No. 21 Missouri and a home win against Alabama.

Florida opened conference play by beating South Carolina, then knocked off Arkansas in overtime to end the Razorbacks’ 23-game winning streak at Bud Walton Arena.

“We’re focused on Georgia, that’s our next game,’’ UF senior guard Scottie Wilbekin said. “You try to take it one game at a time because any game you can lose in the SEC.’’

Wilbekin said having a clutch run when the Gators needed it at Arkansas “builds confidence.’’

Florida is 6-2 in games determined by single digits this season after going 0-6 last year.

“We just have confidence that we can pull it out,’’ Wilbekin said. “Especially after winning a number of close games.”

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