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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2002


TODAY: USF AT NO. 8 UF

WHEN/WHERE: 4; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WDAE-AM 620; WQYK-AM 1010

RECORDS: USF 4-0, UF 5-2.

COACHES: South Florida -- Seth Greenberg (97-86, seventh season, 202-156 overall). UF -- Billy Donovan (129-67, seventh season; 164-87 overall).

KEY PLAYERS: USF -- Jimmy Baxter, F, 6-5, Jr. (14.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Will McDonald, C, 6-11, Sr. (13.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Reggie Kohn, G, 6-1, Sr. (12.3 ppg, 7.5 apg). UF -- Matt Walsh, F, 6-6 Fr. (16.4 ppg, 3.9 apg); Matt Bonner, F, 6-10 Sr. (14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Justin Hamilton, G, 6-3 Sr. (9.3 ppg, 4 rpg).

OF NOTE: The Bulls are 4-0 for the sixth time, most recently last season. Exactly one year ago today, Florida ended South Florida's chance for an 8-0 record with a victory in Tampa. USF enters today's game coming off an exciting win over Nebraska on Thursday, while the Gators are coming off a 58-57 victory at Florida State on Friday night. The Bulls and Gators have four players averaging double figures. South Florida shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc in two of its first three games, led by Kohn, who is hitting 60 percent from 3-point range and has double-doubles in two games. Florida junior Bonell Colas saw limited action Friday night after missing the first six games with a strained groin. The Gators return home after playing four straight on the road. Florida leads the series 17-5 and has won five of the past six.

-- Compiled by Antonya English.

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TODAY: MIAMI AT FSU

WHEN/WHERE: 2; Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WTBN-AM 570.

RECORDS: Miami 3-1, FSU 3-1.

COACHES: Miami -- Perry Clark (43-22, third season; 225-166 overall); Florida State -- Leonard Hamilton (first season; 203-211 overall).

KEY PLAYERS: UM -- James Jones, F, 6-8 Sr. (17.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 bpg); Darius Rice, F, 6-10 Jr. (15.5 ppg, 6 rpg); Rafael Berumen, C, 6-9 Sr. (9.5 ppg). FSU -- Michael Joiner, F, 6-7 Jr. (12.5 ppg); Tim Pickett, G, 6-4 Jr. (16 ppg, 4 spg, 5.5 rpg); Andrew Wilson, G, 6-6 So. (3-of-22 3-pts, 115 mins.).

NOTES: Hamilton was coach at Miami for 10 years, going to the NCAA Tournament three times and the Sweet 16 in his final season (1999-00). ... Miami and FSU last met in 1990, a 92-73 FSU win. ... Guard Robert Hite is the first UM freshman to score in double figures in his first four games (12.8 ppg) since 1992. ... FSU opponents are shooting 34.2 percent from the floor and averaging 54.5 points.

-- Compiled by Jason Schneider.

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