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FSU men's basketball preview: vs. Tennessee Tech; USF men's basketball preview: at Vanderbilt


FSU vs. Tennessee Tech

When/where: 7; Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee

TV/radio: FSN; 1040-AM

Records: Tennessee Tech 6-2, FSU 9-1

Notable: The Seminoles look to match the best 11-game start in program history. They were 10-1 in 1988-89 and 2003-04. … FSU is winning with defense, holding teams to 62.9 ppg on 37.9 percent shooting. … The Golden Eagles are following the same formula of defense first: Foes average 66.1 ppg and 39.6 percent shooting. … FSU leads the series 1-0, but that meeting was Dec. 2, 1957. FSU hasn't faced a team from Tennessee since it beat Tennessee State on Dec. 17, 1996.

USF at Vanderbilt

When/where: 7; Sommet Center, Nashville, Tenn.

TV/radio: ESPN2 (HD); 1250-AM

Records: USF 3-4, Vanderbilt 6-3

Notable: The Bulls open a doubleheader in the SEC/Big East Invitational, with Marquette and Tennessee meeting in tonight's second game. … USF has lost three straight, including a 70-55 home loss to Niagara on Sunday. … Vanderbilt can be beaten — it lost by 19 at home to Illinois-Chicago — but USF will have to contain 6-foot-11 center A.J. Ogilvy, who averages a team-best 15.3 points. Jeffrey Taylor, a 6-7 forward, averages 13.8 points, and 6-3 guards Brad Tinsley and Jermaine Beal average more than 10. … Strong perimeter shooting has USF senior guard Jesus Verdejo leading the Bulls at 17.6 points per game, with sophomore guard Dominique Jones close behind at 17. Jones was held to eight points against Niagara, one shy of his career low. … The Bulls have four games in the next seven days.

Brian Landman and Greg Auman, Times staff writers

FSU men's basketball preview: vs. Tennessee Tech; USF men's basketball preview: at Vanderbilt 12/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:25pm]
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