When/where: 7; Sports Arena, Atlanta
Records: Florida State 6-2, Georgia State 3-4
Notable: The Seminoles' busy week continues; this will be their third game in five days and they have another game on the schedule Sunday, at home against Southeastern Louisiana, before a break for exams. ... FSU is shooting for a second consecutive true road win, something it hasn't pulled off since the 1997-98 season (wins at DePaul and at North Carolina State). It's no coincidence that's the last season FSU earned an NCAA Tournament bid. ... Senior forward Al Thornton (16.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg), back in his home state (he's from Perry), surely would like a big game to mark his big day - his 23rd birthday. Sophomore point guard Toney Douglas (14.3 ppg) is another Georgia native. ... The Georgia State Panthers, coming off a 62-59 loss at well-regarded Colonial Athletic Association rival Hofstra, are led by senior swingman Lance Perique (16.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and sophomore forward Rashad Chase (12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg). ... FSU leads the series 3-0, but the most recent meeting came in 1976.
Brian Landman, Times staff writer
USF at Winston-Salem State
When/where: 7; C.E. Gaines Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Records: USF 4-1, WSSU 1-10
Notable: Including Tuesday's 56-46 loss to Richmond, the Bulls play three games in a five-day span, closing at East Carolina on Saturday. ... Winston-Salem State is in its transition year to Division I, with all 10 of its losses by at least 10 points, including a 45-point loss at Notre Dame. ... Jamal Durham, a 6-foot-6 forward, leads the team in scoring at 10.7 points per game. ... The Bulls need to bounce back from an atrocious shooting night against Richmond on Tuesday, in which they hit 2-of-13 3-pointers and went 8-for-20 on free throws, the second-worst effort at the line in four seasons under coach Robert McCullum. ... Senior forwards Melvin Buckley (19.8 ppg) and McHugh Mattis (18.4) rank first and third in the Big East in scoring.
USF women at Villanova
When/where: 7:30; The Pavilion, Philadelphia
Records: USF 7-1, Villanova 4-4
Notable: USF is coming off its first loss, at No. 20 Michigan State, and it's an odd Big East opener for the Bulls, who don't face another league opponent for 30 days. ... USF beat Villanova 69-49 last season, so the Bulls have a chance to pick up a key road win in conference play. ... Villanova has two top scorers in 6-foot forward Jackie Adamshick (15.3 points) and 6-1 center Lisa Karcic (14.0). The Bulls counter with the Big East's most prolific 1-2 punch in senior forward Jessica Dickson (20.4) and sophomore guard Shantia Grace (20.0).
Greg Auman, Times staff writer