Hoops tonight: Auburn at Florida

The matchup: Auburn (14-12, 4-8) at No. 12 Florida (21-6, 9-3)

Frankie Sullivan has averaged 15.8 points per game in the past four games.

Where: O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.

When: Today at 6 p.m. CST.

TV: ESPNU

The coaches: Auburn's Tony Barbee is 25-32 in his second season at Auburn and 107-84 in his sixth season overall. Billy Donovan is 381-152 in his 16th season at Florida and 416-172 in his 18th season overall.

Probable Auburn starters: F Kenny Gabriel (6-8, 209, Sr.) 12.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg); C Rob Chubb (6-10, 242, Jr.) 8.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.9 bpg; Adrian Forbes (6-8, 232, Sr.) 2.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg; G Josh Wallace (5-10, 170, Jr.) (3.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.9 apg; G Frankie Sullivan (6-1, 206, Jr.) 12.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg.

Off the Auburn bench: G Varez Ward (6-2, 208, So.) 9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.9 apg; G Chris Denson (6-2, 172, So.) 8.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.1 apg; F Allen Payne (6-6, 210, So.) 3.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg; F Josh Langford (5.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg); F Noel Johnson (6-6, 200, Jr.) 1.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg; C Willy Kouassi (6-10, 219, Fr.) 1.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg).

Probable Florida starters: F Erik Murphy (6-10, 230, Jr.) 10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg; C Patrick Young (6-9, 247, So.) 10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg; G Kenny Boynton (6-2, 189, Jr.) 17.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg; G Erving Walker (5-8, 177, Sr.) 12.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.9 apg; G Bradley Beal (6-3, 207, Fr.) 14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg.

Off the Florida bench: G Mike Rosario (6-3, 191, Jr.) 7.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg; F Will Yeguete (6-7, 222, So.) 4.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 spg.

About the game: Auburn will, a 65-55 winner over No. 23 Mississippi State at home last Saturday, will try to win two straight games over ranked teams for the first time in 26 years. Florida will try to build on the momentum of a 98-68 rout of Arkansas on the road last Saturday.

Quoting Auburn HC Tony Barbee: "Florida is obviously a difficult place to play. They are a talented team coming off of a big win at Arkansas where they shot the ball phenomenally. The 3-point line is such a big part of their game. It is difficult, obviously, to take that away from them. It is going to be a challenge going down to Florida."

Noteworthy: Florida was shocked 75-70 by Tennessee in its last game at the O'Connell Center. ... Florida leads the SEC with 78.9 points,15.6 assists, 10.3 3-pointers made and a +1.4 assist/turnover ratio and is second in scoring margin (+13.4), 3-point field goal percentage (.396) and turnover margin (+2.7). ... Auburn holds an 87-71 advantage in the all-time series with Florida. ... Auburn's Frankie Sullivan is averaging 15.8 points in the last four games.

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