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Tonight: no. 7 Florida vs. no. 12 Ole Miss

By JOANNE KORTH

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 21, 2001


WHEN/WHERE: 7; O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

RADIO: WDAE-AM 620.

RECORDS: UF 18-5 (8-4 SEC); Ole Miss 21-4 (9-3).

COACHES: UF -- Billy Donovan (96-54, fifth season; 131-74 overall). Ole Miss -- Rod Barnes (60-31, third season).

KEY PLAYERS: UF -- Brent Wright, F, 6-9 Sr. (13.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg); Matt Bonner, F, 6-9 So. (13.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Udonis Haslem, C, 6-8 Jr. (16.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Brett Nelson, G, 6-3 So. (15.3 ppg, 4.4 apg); Teddy Dupay, G, 5-8 Jr. (14.3 ppg, 2.4 apg). Ole Miss -- Aaron Harper, F, 6-7 Fr. (9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Justin Reed, F, 6-8 Fr. (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg); Rahim Lockhart, F, 6-8 Sr. (12.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg).

NOTES: The Rebels are among the season's biggest surprises. Their 21 victories are the school's second-most, behind 22-win seasons in 1938 and '98. ... Florida leads the league in scoring (83.4 ppg) and three-point field-goal percentage (39.4). Ole Miss leads the league in scoring defense (62.6 ppg) and holds opponents to the league's lowest three-point percentage (29.2). ... In its previous visit to the O'Dome, Ole Miss ended UF's 12-game home winning streak with a 79-68 victory on Feb. 6, 1999. The Gators won 75-71 last season in Oxford, Miss., and beat the Rebels 89-67 in the SEC Tournament.

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