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TODAY'S GAMES

Florida at Vanderbilt

Who: Florida Gators (22-4, 11-2 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (13-10, 6-7).

When/where: 2 p.m.; Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tenn.

TV/radio: Ch. 38; WHNZ-AM 570.

Coaches: UF _ Lon Kruger (201-152). Vanderbilt _ Jan van Breda Kolff (36-39).

Key players: UF _ Craig Brown, 6-3, Sr., G (15.0 ppg); Dan Cross, 6-3, Jr., G (15.5 ppg); Dametri Hill, 6-7, So., C (12.6 ppg). Vanderbilt _ Billy McCaffrey, 6-4, Sr., G (20.4 ppg); Ronnie McMahan, 6-4, Sr., G (15.6 ppg); Chris Lawson, 6-10, Sr., C (12.5 ppg).

Notes: Vanderbilt leads the series 50-35. The Gators are 8-33 against the Commodores in Nashville. The Gators defeated the Commodores 75-66 Jan. 29. With that victory, UF matched its win total for all of last season (16 victories). Vandy's Billy McCaffrey and Florida's Craig Brown played against each other in a Pennsylvania high school tournament.

_ MICHELLE THRESHER

USF at Southern Miss

Who: South Florida Bulls (10-14, 2-8 Metro) vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (12-11, 4-5).

When/where: 6 p.m.; Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, Miss.

TV/radio: WTMP-AM 1150,

Coaches: South Florida _ Bobby Paschal (250-213). Southern Mississippi _ M.K. Turk (268-235).

Key players: South Florida _ Jesse Salters, 6-6, Jr., F (12.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Jerome Robinson, 6-7, Jr., F (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Chucky Atkins, 5-10, So., G (11.5 ppg, 4.1 apg). Southern Mississippi _ Bernard Haslett, 6-3, Sr., G (19.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg); Glen Whisby, 6-9, Jr., C (14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg); Herman Myers, 6-7, Sr., F (10.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg).

Notes: The second half hasn't given the USF Bulls a second wind of late. They scored 19 points after intermission in a 65-40 home loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday and 20 in the second half Thursday at Tulane, when they blew an eight-point lead and lost 72-60. USF is 2-11 away from the Sun Dome. Southern Mississippi, which has lost its past two games, should be a candidate for hard-luck team of the year. Before a 89-73 loss at Auburn on Tuesday, the Golden Eagles had lost 10 games by a combined 33 points. Southern Mississippi leads the series 5-1 and has won the past four meetings, including 73-68 at the Sun Dome two weeks ago.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN

FSU at North Carolina

Who: Florida State Seminoles (12-12, 5-9 ACC) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (22-5, 9-4).

When/where: 3:30 p.m.; Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV/radio: Ch. 10; WQYK-AM 1010.

Coaches: FSU _ Pat Kennedy (280-148). UNC _ Dean Smith (796-228).

Key players: FSU _ Bob Sura, 6-5, Jr., G (21.3 ppg); Chuck Graham, 6-4, Sr., G (10.8 ppg); Charlie Ward, 6-1, Sr., G (9.8 ppg). UNC _ Eric Montross, 7-0, Sr., C (13.9 ppg); Donald Williams, 6-3, Jr., G (14.6 ppg).

Notes: The Seminoles will stick with their four-guard offense, putting freshman James Collins (6-4) at the power forward position. FSU 7-foot center Andre Reid, the key defender in the Seminoles' four-guard lineup, has fouled out of nine games this season _ five ACC games.

_ JIM LAMAR

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