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What: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-8, 4-6 in ACC) at No. 23 Florida State Seminoles (17-6, 9-4), 3 p.m., Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Radio/TV: Ch. 10; WRBQ-1380.

Coaches: FSU _ Pat Kennedy (238-122 overall, 114-62 at FSU); Georgia Tech _ Bobby Cremins (314-190 overall, 214-120 at Ga. Tech).

Players to watch: FSU _ Sam Cassell, G, 6-3 Jr. (18.5 ppg); Chuck Graham, G, 6-4 Jr. (13.3 ppg); Rodney Dobard, C, 6-9 Jr. (10.9 ppg). Georgia Tech _ Travis Best, G, 5-11 Fr. (12.4 ppg); Jon Barry, G, 6-5 Sr. (16.7 ppg); Matt Geiger, C, 7-0 Sr. (13 ppg).

Notes: This game features two of the ACC's top rookies in Tech's Best and FSU's Bob Sura. FSU has proven it can win on the road (winning six of seven conference road games), but three of the Seminoles' ACC losses have come at home.

_ JIM VERTUNO

What: University of South Florida Bulls (13-8, 2-5 in Metro Conference) at No. 22 North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers (16-5, 4-2), 3 p.m., Charlotte Coliseum.

TV/radio: Ch. 32 (Sunshine, tape delay at 10 p.m.); WQYK-1010

Coaches: USF _ Bobby Paschal (226-178 overall, 73-93 at South Florida). UNCC _ Jeff Mullins (111-88 overall).

Key players: USF _ Radenko Dobras, G, 6-7 Sr. (17.9 ppg, 5.8 apg); Derrick Sharp, G, 6-1 Jr. (15.2 ppg); Gary Alexander, C, 6-7 Sr. (14.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg); Fred Lewis, F, 6-7 Sr. (13.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg). UNCC _ Henry Williams, G, 6-2 Sr. (20.0 ppg); James Terrell, G, 6-0 So. (15.0 ppg); Rodney Odom, C, 6-11 So. (11.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg).

Notes: The Bulls' season turned in their first meeting against UNCC on Jan. 11, an 85-75 loss: Dobras turned his right ankle, an injury that has hampered him ever since, and USF has lost six of nine. Dobras, who keyed USF's come-from-behind victory against Louisville, is questionable.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN

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