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Tonight's game

What: Auburn University Tigers (4-6 Southeastern Conference, 11-10 overall) vs. University of Florida Gators (5-5, 12-9), 7:30 p.m., O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

TV/radio: SportsChannel cable (on tape at 10:30 p.m.); WHNZ-AM 570, WFNS-AM 910.

Coaches: Auburn _ Tommy Joe Eagles (124-84 overall, 37-44 at Auburn). Florida _ Lon Kruger (156-131 overall, 23-26 at Florida).

Players to watch: Auburn _ Ronnie Battle G, Jr., 6-1 (16.3 ppg); Aaron Swinson F, So., 6-6 (14.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg); Wesley Person F, So., 6-4 (20.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg). Florida _ Stacey Poole F, Jr., 6-6 (18.6 ppg); Andrew DeClercq C, Fr., 6-10 (8.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Craig Brown G, So., 6-3 (10.8 ppg).

Notes: The Gators need to win this game to keep pace in the SEC Eastern Division. They are tied with Tennessee for second place. Florida is shooting for its first three-game winning streak since early December. The Tigers have lost three of their past four SEC games. Brown and Person were roommates on the USA team that won the World Junior Championships last summer. Kruger was the coach of that squad.

_ JOHN ROMANO

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