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College basketball tonight at UT

Who: Eckerd College Tritons (15-6, 6-3 SSC) vs. University of Tampa Spartans (17-6, 4-5).

Where: Bob Martinez Sports Center.

When: 1 p.m.

Coaches: Eckerd _ Jim Harley (28th year, 381-331); Tampa _ Richard Schmidt (ninth year, 205-65).

Key players: Eckerd _ Gerard Joseph, F, 6-4 Sr. (18.9 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game); Vic Stephens, F, 6-4 Sr. (13.8 ppg); Ed Pasque, G, 6-2 Sr. (13.6 ppg); Tampa _ DeCarlo Deveaux, G, 6-5 So. (17.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg); Mike Rouse, G, 6-2 Jr. (12.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.8 assists per game); Matt Streff, C, 6-8 Jr. (12.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

Notes: Tampa plays its homecoming game mired in a slump in which it has lost five of six. After a 15-4 start, Eckerd has also slipped in the last week, losing two in a row and dropping out of first place in the SSC into a tie for second place with Florida Southern. UT leads the series 23-3, but Eckerd defeated the Spartans 79-76 on Feb. 1 to end a 21-game series losing streak that dated to 1967.

Women: Tampa (16-8, 6-3) hosts Eckerd (6-17, 3-6) at 3 p.m. The Spartans, currently third in the SSC, have won three in a row while fifth-place Eckerd has lost three of its last four. UT defeated the Tritons 68-55 in St. Petersburg three weeks ago. All-American senior center Kim Dix leads the Spartans with 18.7 ppg and 10.7 rpg. Freshman center Allison Heisler paces the Tritons with 15.7 ppg and an SSC-best 12.4 rpg.

_ DAVID BRACKMAN

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