VCU at USF
Records: Virginia Commonwealth
13-12, 4-7 Metro. South Florida _ 10-15, 2-9.
When/where: 1 p.m., Sun Dome.
TV/radio: WTMV-Ch. 32; WTMP-AM 1150.
Coaches: VCU _ Sonny Smith (275-248, 72-71 at VCU). South Florida _ Bobby Paschal (250-214, 97-129 at USF).
Key players: VCU _ Kendrick Warren, F, 6-8 Sr. (18.2 ppg, 12.3 rpg); Tyron McCoy, F, 6-5 Jr. (15.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg); Kenny Harris, PG, 6-1 Sr. (14.6 ppg, 6.0 apg). South Florida _ Jesse Salters, F, 6-6 Jr. (12.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Jerome Robinson, F, 6-7 Jr. (11.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Chucky Atkins, PG, 5-10 So. (11.4 ppg, 4.0 apg).
Notes: The Bulls enter their regular-season finale with three straight losses and seven in their past eight games. Their home record has dropped from 8-0 to 8-3. "We feel we've slacked up at home and want to get it back," Salters said. "We want to prove to the fans that the games we won earlier at home weren't flukes." The Rams, which like the Bulls started well, have lost four of their past five. VCU has beaten its former Sun Belt Conference foe four straight times, including last season at the Sun Dome in a game they trailed 67-41 with 10:26 left.
_ BRIAN LANDMAN
Tennessee at Florida
Records: Tennessee _ 5-20, 2-13 SEC. Florida _ 22-6, 11-4.
When/where: 4 p.m., O'Connell Center, Gainesville.
Radio: WHNZ-AM 570.
Coaches: UF _ Lon Kruger (201-154, 68-49 at UF). UT _ Wade Houston (65-88, all at UT).
Key players: UF _ Craig Brown, 6-3, Sr., G (15.1 ppg), Dan Cross, 6-3, Jr., G (15.5 ppg), Dametri Hill, 6-7, So., C (12.8 ppg). UT _ Ed Gray, 6-3, Fr., G (15.2 ppg); Steve Hamer, 7-0, So, C (13.9 ppg).
Notes: Florida seniors Brown and Martti Kuisma will be honored before the game as the Gators conclude their regular season at home. Tennessee leads the series with Florida 54-31, but the Gators have won the past six meetings. Florida made 27 of 27 free throws in defeating Tennessee 86-71 in Knoxville Jan. 8.
_ MICHELLE THRESHER