Who: No. 7 University of Tampa Spartans (21-2, 7-1) vs. Barry University Buccaneers (8-14, 1-7) Where: Miami Country Day School When: 7:30 p.m. Coaches: Tampa - Richard Schmidt (seventh year, 161-49); Barry - Billy Mims (second year, 17-32) Key players: Tampa - Bryan Williams, F, 6-5 Jr. (25.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg);Drexel Deveaux, G, 6-3 Jr. (22.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg); Roscoe Brown, F, 6-5 Sr. (11.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.9 apg). Barry - Wendell Nibbs, F, 6-4 Sr. (13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg); Eider Rubio, G, 6-2 Jr. (15.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg); Brad Scott, C, 6-8 So. (12.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg).
Last game: Tampa struggled to a 81-72 win over Saint Leo and Barry lost to Rollins 85-71 on Wednesday night.
Previous meeting: Tampa beat Barry 96-65 in Tampa on Jan. 27.
Series: Barry has not beaten Tampa in seven meetings.
Notes: Tampa sees tonight's game as a tune-up for games next week against Florida Southern and Rollins. But Barry won't be a pushover.
Barry beat Saint Leo 75-73 11 days ago for its first-ever Sunshine State Conference win. Rubio has emerged as the Bucs' leading scorer after transferring to Barry in January. Tampa's Williams, tied for fourth in scoring in Division II, will return to the starting lineup tonight after missing his first start since his freshman year. The Spartans are still ranked first in the nation in scoring margin.
- DAVID BRACKMAN