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Florida vs. Mississippi

What: University of Florida Gators (11-9 overall, 4-5 SEC) vs. Mississippi Rebels (10-10, 3-6) 8 p.m., Tad Smith Coliseum, Oxford, Miss.

Radio: WHNZ-AM 570, WFNS-AM 910.

Coaches: Florida _ Lon Kruger (155-131 overall, 22-26 at Florida). Mississippi _ Ed Murphy (219-174, 75-91 at Mississippi).

Players to watch: Florida _ Stacey Poole F, 6-6, Jr. (18.2 ppg); Andrew DeClercq C, 6-10, Fr. (8.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg); Craig Brown G, 6-3, So. (10.7 ppg). Mississippi _ Joe Harvell F, 6-7, Jr. (25 ppg); Kevin Watkins G, 6-2, Jr. (12.2 ppg); Kelvin Scales F, 6-8, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg)

Notes: Florida ended one losing streak Saturday _ the Gators had dropped three straight games before beating Mississippi State 87-66 at home. Now Florida has another losing streak to squelch. The Gators have lost four straight SEC road games this season. Oxford was the site of one of three SEC road wins for Florida last season. Mississippi has a chance for its first winning season since 1986-87. A win tonight would guarantee Florida its best record since the 1988-89 season.

_ JOHN ROMANO

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