Seeking eight: Noles look to keep streak going at UF

Florida State travels to Gainesville seeking a win but also a piece of history in its basketball rivalry. Neither program has won eight straight in the series, which is what the Seminoles can do when the teams face off on Sunday (1 p.m. on ESPN).

FSU has won each matchup since 2014, far enough back that a current college freshman would have been in middle school at that point.

“I think it means a lot to everybody,” FSU senior Wyatt Wilkes said. “I don’t want to be the team that lets everybody else down. But, that being said, people like to say seven in a row, but they forget how tough some of those were. They were very tough games. But I’m looking forward to it. And I think we all are — and we want to keep it going.”

The Seminoles have won the last four meetings by double figures, including an 83-71 victory in Tallahassee last season. But the rosters look quite different since then, with FSU losing Scottie Barnes, RaiQuan Gray, M.J. Walker and Balsa Koprivica to either the NBA or professional basketball. The Gators also hit the portal in the offseason.

FSU opened with a 105-70 win over Penn on Wednesday, while Florida trounced Elon in its opener. The Seminoles added a pair of transfers in Caleb Mills from Houston and Cam’Ron Fletcher from Kentucky, but Florida hit the portal after seeing a significant roster turnover in March. Florida landed Myreon Jones from Penn State, Brandon McKissic from Missouri-Kansas City, Phlandrous Fleming Jr. from Charleston Southern and CJ Felder from Boston College. Jones scored 20 points against Elon.

Gators coach Mike White is 1-7 vs. FSU, which includes a 1-2 mark when he was at La. Tech.

Wilkes said games against Florida are “probably my favorite game of the year.”

“I’m looking forward to going to play in front of a Florida crowd,” Wilkes said. “Usually they pack it out. They’ve got some pretty crazy fans.”