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UF basketball brief

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 12, 2002


TODAY: NO. 3 FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT

WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m.; Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tenn.

TV/RADIO: Ch. 10, WDAE-AM 620.

RECORDS: Vanderbilt 10-5, 0-2 SEC; UF 13-1, 2-0.

COACHES: Vanderbilt -- Kevin Stallings (44-41, third season, 167-94, ninth overall); UF -- Billy Donovan (115-57, sixth season; 150-77 overall).

KEY PLAYERS: Vanderbilt -- Matt Freije, F, 6-9 So. (15.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Brendan Plavich, G, 6-2 So. (10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg). UF -- Matt Bonner, F, 6-10 Jr. (15.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg); Udonis Haslem, C, 6-9 Sr. (16.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg).

NOTES: Florida has won 12 straight, third-longest in the nation. The Gators are coming off an overtime win over Tennessee and are 2-0 in league play for the first time since 1993-94. Florida's past three losses to Vandy have been by a combined 13 points. Vanderbilt has a young team, with nine of its 12 scholarship players underclassmen. The Commodores lead the SEC in 3-pointers (9.7 per game), and six of nine Gators are shooting at least 50 percent in SEC games.

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