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College basketball previews for Florida men and South Florida women


Florida vs. Stetson

When/where: 1; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville

TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM

Records: Stetson 5-4, UF 10-2

Notable: Stetson returns 11 of 12 players from last season, including all five starters. … Florida has won the past 14 meetings dating to 1983. … UF is riding a six-game home winning streak this season. … Nick Calathes enters with 303 career assists and needs four to move into 10th on UF's all-time list. He can do so in just his 49th game. … Florida is averaging 86.2 points during its four-game winning streak.


USF at Tulane

When/where: 8; Fogleman Arena, New Orleans

Radio: 1010-AM

Records: USF 12-1, Tulane 8-4

Notable: USF has won eight straight, the past six by at least 28, but will get a challenge tonight in its first true road game. … Tulane has a Big East win, having beaten Providence by 22, and just had its own win streak snapped in overtime against Temple. … USF is in the national top two in scoring, scoring margin, turnover margin and steals, with its offense sparked by guards Shantia Grace (16.2 ppg), Jazmine Sepulveda (15.2) and Janae Stokes (14.8). … Tulane has good size in 6-1 forward Brittany Lindsey (12.8 ppg) and 6-3 center Brett Benzio (8.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg). … USF opens Big East play at Marquette this weekend before returning home to face top-ranked Connecticut on Jan. 6.

Antonya English and Greg Auman, Times staff writers

College basketball previews for Florida men and South Florida women 12/29/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 29, 2008 9:52pm]
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