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TODAY: FLORIDA AT NO. 7 KENTUCKY

WHEN/WHERE: 4 p.m.; Rupp Arena, Lexington.

TV: Ch. 38.

RECORDS: UF 9-1, Kentucky 11-3.

COACHES: UF _ Billy Donovan (36-33, third season; 71-51 overall). Kentucky _ Tubby Smith (46-7 second season; 170-69 overall).

KEY PLAYERS: UF _ Udonis Haslem, C, 6-7 Fr. (14.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Mike Miller, F, 6-8 Fr. (15.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Brent Wright, F, 6-8 So. (8.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg). Kentucky _ Heshimu Evans, F, 6-6 Sr. (13.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg); Scott Padgett, F, 6-9 Sr. (11.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg); Wayne Turner, G, 6-2 Sr. (10.9 ppg, 3.6 apg).

NOTES: The Gators tip off their 66th season of Southeastern Conference play. UF is 35-20 and 2-0 under Donovan in league openers, but it is just 16-20 in conference openers on the road. The Gators beat Kentucky 86-78 at Rupp Arena last season, snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Wildcats. UF has not defeated a ranked opponent since, and it has not won back-to-back games in Rupp since 1988 and '89. The Wildcats have lost two of their past three games, falling to Duke and Louisville before beating Tennessee State on Tuesday.

_ MARK LONG

TODAY: USF AT

CLEVELAND STATE WHEN/WHERE: noon; Convocation Center, Cleveland.

TV: ESPN2.

RECORDS: USF 8-1, Cleveland St. 6-5.

COACHES: USF _ Seth Greenberg (33-33, third season; 138-103 overall). Cleveland State _ Rollie Massimino (27-39, third season; 454-317 overall).

KEY PLAYERS: USF _ B.B. Waldon, F, 6-8 Fr. (17.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg); Shaddrick Jenkins, G, 6-3 Sr. (12.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg); Cedric Smith, G, 6-4 So. (11.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg); Chonsey Asbury, F, 6-6 So. (12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Cleveland State _ James Madison, G, 6-2 Jr. (15.8 ppg, 2.5 apg); Theo Dixon, F, 6-6 So. (12.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg); Ricardo Crumble, F, 6-8 Jr. (13.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg).

NOTES: Cleveland State won 73-72 Sunday over Rhode Island, an Elite Eight team last season under Jim Harrick, but was crushed by Tulsa 79-51 two days later. Massimino coached Villanova to the 1985 national title; he also succeeded Jerry Tarkanian for two years at UNLV. This is the second of four nationally televised games for USF. The Bulls lost to Tennessee Dec. 19 on ESPN. Bulls guard Haven Jackson, out all season with a broken foot, should return today. This is the teams' first meeting. USF freshman guard Will Copeland scored his first points in the final minute against Austin Peay on Tuesday.

_ SHARON GINN

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