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Published Aug. 24, 2005

WHEN/WHERE: 8; Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Auburn, Ala.

RADIO: 620-AM.

COACHES: UF _ Billy Donovan (178-87, ninth season; 212-107 overall). Auburn _ Jeff Lebo (9-5, first season; 124-68 overall).

RECORD: UF _ 9-3, 1-0. Auburn _ 9-5, 0-1.

NOTABLE: The Gators are coming off a win over Arkansas and look to start 2-0 in SEC play for the fourth consecutive season. This is the first of two road games this week, which might pose a challenge for the Gators' five freshmen. Auburn freshman guard Toney Douglas, a 2004 Parade All-American, is tied for first in scoring in the SEC at 18.8 points per game. Four of Auburn's five starters average double figures in scoring. Auburn leads the all-time series 86-63, but the Gators have won the past five.

_ ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times staff writer


WHEN/WHERE: 7, Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee.

TV/RADIO: 1470-AM.

RECORDS: Clemson 9-5, 0-2. FSU 9-6, 1-1.

COACHES: Clemson _ Oliver Purnell (19-23, second season; 275-214 overall). FSU _ Leonard Hamilton (42-35, third season; 242-245 overall).

NOTABLE: The Seminoles have won two straight and five in a row at home, riding the hot shooting of sophomore guard Von Wafer and senior forward Adam Waleskowski. Wafer is averaging nearly 18 points on 55.2 percent shooting in his past five games, and Waleskowski is averaging a career-high 10.3 points on 53.5 percent for the season. The Tigers have some eye-catching nonconference wins, 80-73 against Ohio State and 63-62 at South Carolina, but continue to struggle on the road in the ACC. Including a loss at Duke, albeit a narrow one, 62-54 on Jan. 2, the Tigers have lost their past 12 league road games. Hamilton said he doesn't see that as a meaningful stat. "They didn't act like they were having any psychological issues of not winning on the road," he said. For what it's worth, the Tigers are 2-11 in Tallahassee since FSU joined the league in 1991-92. The Seminoles lead the series 24-18.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer