Chris Walker finally steps on the court for Florida on Tuesday against Missouri. First, the Gators host Texas A&M for the first time since the Aggies joined the SEC at 4 p.m. today, seeking their 13th straight win.

All’s well for now in Gainesville. Florida is ranked third in AP, fourth in USA Today, has an 18-2 overall record and a 7-0 league mark.

Which actually sounds like the perfect chance for a letdown.

“I think they're a very good team — good personnel, good pieces and a good team,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said Friday of Texas A&M, which is 12-8 overall and 3-4 in league play.

Florida, which has the seventh-longest streak in school history, is actually coming off a tough win at Mississippi State in which the Gators looked anything but a top-five team. The Gators have only started with 19 wins in their first 21 games twice before under Donovan, 2006 and 2007 — both national championship seasons.

“I didn’t think we played that great (Thursday),” Donovan said of a sluggish 62-51 win in Starkville. “We’ve got a lot of room to grow.”

Texas A&M has dropped four straight and struggled as well after starting league play 3-0. This will be the Aggies’ fourth road game in the past five contests. Jamal Jones is averaging 15.3 points in league play to pace Texas A&M.

UF senior Patric Young saw a lot of work to do, as well.

“We can’t control the ball going in the basket,” he said. “But we can control our effort and energy on the defensive end, sticking to our cues, helping the helper, the same things we hear every single night. We didn’t do a great job of moving the ball around and going with our style of play. We were trying to go one-on-one and we’re not a one-on-one team. We’ve a move the ball around and utlize each guy kind of team. We picked that up in the second half a lot better.”