WHEN/WHERE: 8; New Orleans Arena.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports Net; WDAE-AM 620.
RECORDS: UF 8-1, Tulane 5-4.
COACHES: UF _ Billy Donovan (86-50, fifth season; 121-70 overall). Tulane _ Shawn Finney (first season).
KEY PLAYERS: UF _ Udonis Haslem, C, 6-8 Jr. (18.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg); Brent Wright, F, 6-9 Sr. (15.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Teddy Dupay, G, 5-10 Jr. (13.1 ppg); Matt Bonner, F, 6-9 So. (13.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg); Brett Nelson, G, 6-3 So. (10.4 ppg, 4.2 apg). Tulane _ Brandon Spann, G, 6-1 So. (16.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Ledaryl Billingsley, F, 6-7 Sr. (16.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg); Brandon Brown, F, 6-8 So. (14.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg).
NOTES: This is Florida's second appearance in the Sugar Bowl Classic. On Dec. 29, 1983, the Gators beat Tulane 65-53. Oregon State and Louisiana State play the second game tonight. Donovan and Finney are former Kentucky assistants, Donovan under Rick Pitino and Finney for the past three seasons under Tubby Smith. Florida's No. 5 ranking is the highest in school history. The Gators were ranked No. 6 three times last season and once in 1994-95.
_ Compiled by Joanne Korth.