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Florida at South Carolina

What: Florida Gators (13-9, 6-5 in SEC) at South Carolina Gamecocks (10-12, 2-9), 4 p.m., Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, S.C.

TV/Radio: ESPN; WHNZ-570, WFNS-910.

Coaches: Florida _ Lon Kruger (157-131 overall, 24-26 at Florida). South Carolina _ Steve Newton (126-72 overall, 10-12 at South Carolina).

Players to watch: Florida _ Stacey Poole F, 6-6, Jr. (19 ppg); Andrew DeClercq C, 6-10, Fr. (8.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg); Craig Brown G, 6-3, So. (10.8 ppg). South Carolina _ Jo Jo English G, Sr, 6-4 (16.1 ppg); Barry Manning G, Sr, 6-4 (8.8 ppg); Jeff Roulston C, Sr, 7-0 (7.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg).

Notes: Florida is on a three-game winning streak. South Carolina is on an eight-game losing streak. This is Florida's only scheduled appearance on national television this season. The Gators beat the Gamecocks 53-52 in Gainesville last month. The Gators are 1-4 in SEC road games.

_ JOHN ROMANO

South Florida at

Virginia Tech

What: South Florida Bulls (15-8, 3-5 in Metro) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-14, 2-7), 3 p.m., Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.

TV/radio: Ch. 32; WQYK-1010

Coaches: USF _ Bobby Paschal (228-178 overall, 75-93 at South Florida). Virginia Tech _ Bill Foster (439-261 overall, 8-14 at Virginia Tech).

Players to watch: USF _ Radenko Dobras, G, 6-7 Sr. (18.6 ppg); Gary Alexander, C, 6-7 Sr. (14.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg); Derrick Sharp, G, 6-1 Jr. (14.6 ppg); Fred Lewis, F, 6-7 Sr. (13.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg). Virginia Tech _ Thomas Elliott, F, 6-8 Jr. (12.9 ppg); John Rivers, F, 6-5 Sr. (10.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg); Erik Wilson, C, 7-0 Jr. (10.9 ppg)

Notes: The Bulls have won three in a row, including two in the Metro. A victory, coupled with a UNC-Charlotte victory at Virginia Commonwealth today, would move the Bulls into a two-way tie for fourth in the conference with Southern Miss. Lewis needs just three points to become the ninth 1,000-point scorer in school history.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN

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