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FSU, UF basketball previews

Today's men's games

FSU vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

When/where: 4; Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee

TV/radio: FSN; 1040-AM

Records: Texas A&M-CC 6-7; FSU 12-2

Notable: The Seminoles, off since a win against Western Kentucky on Dec. 28 in Sunrise, play their final nonconference game of the regular season. They have won 37 of their past 38 nonconference home games. … A compelling subplot is the coaching matchup between FSU's Leonard Hamilton and his good friend, Perry Clark; Clark is in his second year with the Islanders. He succeeded Hamilton at Miami in 2000. Islanders assistant Kevin Norris played for Hamilton at Miami and began his coaching career at Tallahassee Community College. … The Islanders are 1-6 on the road, including a 66-48 loss at Northwestern (a place FSU also lost this season and played its worst game) and a 92-62 loss at SMU on Wednesday. … FSU is 6-1 at home with the lone L coming to Pittsburgh. … The series is tied 1-1, with the Islanders upsetting FSU 70-67 in Tallahassee on Nov. 22, 2004.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

Florida vs. North Carolina State

When/where: 4; O'Connell Center, Gainesville

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 1250-AM

Records: N.C. State 9-2; UF 11-2

Notable: This is the first of two nonconference games remaining before the Gators open SEC play. … The Gators are on a five-game winning streak and have not trailed in a game in 158:43, dating to the early first half of its win over UCF on Dec. 20. But today's game is expected to be the true measurement of how much the Gators have improved, and how much further they have to go. … N.C. State's frontcourt is outrebounding opponents plus-7.1 per game and senior Ben McCauley leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. … N.C. State is holding opponents to 60.1 points and is hitting 37.2 percent from 3-point range. … Florida is holding opponents to 60.8 points per game. … Sophomore guard Nick Calathes has scored 15-plus points in the past nine games.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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