NO. 12 FLORIDA VS. NO. 10 TENNESSEE
WHEN/WHERE: 8; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville.
TV/RADIO: FSN. WHNZ-AM 1250.
RECORDS: UF - 22-4, 8-4 SEC. TENNESSEE 19-4, 10-2.
COACHES: UF - Billy Donovan (215-96 in 10th season; 250-116 overall); Tennessee - Bruce Pearl (first season; 336-88 overall).
NOTABLE: This is the first meeting between two ranked SEC teams this season. The last time the two met, Tennessee handed Florida its first loss of the season and kept the Gators from rising to No. 1 in the AP rankings. But Florida insists trying to stay in contention for the SEC East title, not revenge, is on its mind. "Sure, that (payback) goes through your mind, but it's all about getting the win," said sophomore center Al Horford. "At the end of the day, you've got to find a way to win the game."
- ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times staff writer
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND
WHEN/WHERE: 9, Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee.
TV/RADIO: FSN (joined in progress after UF-UT); WHBO-AM 1470.
RECORDS: FSU - 16-7, 6-6 ACC; Maryland - 16-9, 6-6.
COACHES: FSU - Leonard Hamilton (61-55 in fourth season; 261-265 overall); Maryland - Gary Williams (350-187 in 17th season; 557-315).
NOTABLE: The Seminoles have won four straight at home and must continue for any hope of an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. Despite their record and solid position in the ACC, the Seminoles have yet to beat a team in the RPI Top 50 (0-5). Maryland is No. 45. A win would give FSU its most league wins since 1992-93. The Terrapins, ranked for much of the season, are still adjusting to life without Chris McCray (15.2 ppg), who was declared academically ineligible and missed the past nine games.
- BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer