FSU MEN AT VIRGINIA TECH
WHEN/WHERE: 7; Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.
RECORDS: FSU 17-7, 7-6 ACC; Virginia Tech 13-13, 3-10.
COACHES: FSU - Leonard Hamilton (62-55, fourth season; 262-265 overall); Virginia Tech - Seth Greenberg (44-41, third season; 257-211).
NOTABLE: The Seminoles have won two straight and four of their last five to remain in the NCAA Tournament picture with three regular-season games left. But as Hamilton said, his team has no margin for error. A win tonight coupled with a Boston College loss at North Carolina State would push FSU into a tie for fourth in the league. The Hokies have been hit hard by off-the-court tragedies, including the recent death of star Coleman Collins' father, Jackson. Despite such issues, the Hokies have remained remarkably resilient and resolute. Ten of their 13 losses have been by six points or fewer. FSU is looking for a third ACC road win. It last hit three or more on the road in the league in the 1992-93 season, which was the last time it finished better than 6-10 and tied for sixth. FSU leads the series 21-15, including seven straight wins. The Seminoles beat the Hokies 74-68 in Tallahassee on Jan. 7.
- BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer
USF WOMEN VS. WEST VIRGINIA
WHEN/WHERE: 7; Sun Dome, Tampa.
TV/RADIO: Catch 47; 570- and 910-AM.
RECORDS: West Virginia 12-13, 4-10 Big East; USF 17-10, 7-7.
COACHES: West Virginia - Mike Carey (73-55, fifth season; 371-166, 18th season); USF - Jose Fernandez (76-94, sixth season).
NOTABLE: If the Bulls win their final two regular-season games and the first round of the Big East tournament, they should be in position for their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia needs a win to lock up a spot in the league tournament, sitting in 12th place and only a game ahead of three teams tied for 13th. The Mountaineers have been an up-and-down team, knocking off DePaul (RPI, 13) and beating Louisville (RPI, 35) by 26, yet losing four games to teams not in the RPI top 100, including 8-17 Providence. West Virginia's leading scorer, junior guard Meg Bulger, is out for the season with an ACL tear, and the Mountaineers have lost six straight without her. That leaves 6-foot-2 sophomore center Olayinka Sanni as the team's leading scorer at 13 points per game. The Bulls are led by junior Jessica Dickson, who is the nation's leading scorer at 22.3 points per game, but only by the tiniest of margins ahead of LSU's Seimone Augustus.
- GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer