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College basketball previews for Florida State men, Florida men and South Florida women


Men's basketball

FSU vs. Western Kentucky

When/where: 4; BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise

TV/radio: FSN; 820-AM

Records: FSU 11-2, Western Kentucky 7-3

Notable: The Seminoles play their third neutral-site game and look to stay perfect. They beat Cincinnati and Cal in Las Vegas. … FSU continues to play solid defense, allowing an average of 60.9 points on 36.8 percent shooting. … Hilltoppers coach Ken McDonald has a solid group led by junior G A.J. Slaughter (16.1 ppg) and sophomore F Sergio Kerusch (11.0, 7.4 rpg). … Western Kentucky has beaten Louisville, Georgia and Southern Illinois.

Florida vs. Winthrop

When/where: 6:30; BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise

TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM

Records: Florida 9-2, Winthrop 1-9

Notable: The Gators are participating in their third straight Orange Bowl Classic, a tournament in which UF is 8-1 under coach Billy Donovan. … This is the first meeting between the schools. … Winthrop went 22-12 last season but this year has a lineup with three freshmen. … The Gators have won three straight, averaging 90.3 points.

Women's basketball

USF vs. Jackson State

When/where: 2; Sun Dome, Tampa

Radio: 1010-AM

Records: USF 11-1, Jackson State 3-6

Notable: With a win, Jose Fernandez will have 128 career victories, making him the winningest basketball coach — men's or women's — in USF history. … Only three of USF's wins are against RPI top 100 teams, but the Bulls are first or second nationally in several categories: first in turnover margin (plus-15.6 per game) and steals (16.1) and second in scoring (91.6), scoring margin (plus-35.2) and assists (19.2). … The Tigers are led by 6-2 F Erlexis Cooper (15.1 ppg)

Brian Landman, Antonya English and Greg Auman, Times staff writers

College basketball previews for Florida State men, Florida men and South Florida women 12/27/08 [Last modified: Saturday, December 27, 2008 10:28pm]
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