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Today: Florida men vs. No. 3 Kentucky

By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published March 6, 2005


WHEN/WHERE: 2; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

TV/RADIO: Ch. 10; 620-AM.

COACHES: UF - Billy Donovan (188-91, nine seasons, 223-111 overall). Kentucky - Tubby Smith (214-55, eight seasons, 338-117).

RECORD: UF 19-7, 11-4 SEC; Kentucky 23-3, 14-1.

NOTABLE: The Gators will try to end the regular season by winning four in a row, but they'll have to go through a team they haven't beaten since March4, 2001. ... Kentucky already has clinched the SEC East title and the No. 1 seed in this week's SEC Tournament and is on a four-game winning streak. ... Kentucky's defense is its signature weapon, holding opponents to 61.3 points per game and forcing 18.5 turnovers and 9.3 steals. ... A win could boost Florida's seeding in the NCAA Tournament. ... Florida forward David Lee will play his final home game. Lee, who is averaging a double double in SEC play with 14.1 points and 10.3 rebounds, will be honored in a pregame ceremony. "I'm very excited because of how big the game is going to be for our team," he said. "I would have it no other way but to play Kentucky on our home floor with so much on the line."