By BRIAN LANDMAN and ANTONYA ENGLISH
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001
WHEN/WHERE: Noon; Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta.
TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WWBA-AM 1040; WZHR-AM 1400; WAMR-AM 1320.
RECORDS: Florida State 5-14, 0-6 ACC; Georgia Tech 11-7, 3-4.
COACHES: Florida State -- Steve Robinson (48-62, fourth season; 94-80 overall). Georgia Tech -- Paul Hewitt (first season; 77-34).
KEY PLAYERS: Florida State -- Delvon Arrington, PG, 5-11 Sr. (11.6 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.6 rpg); Michael Joiner, F, 6-7 Fr. (9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg); Monte Cummings, G, 6-4 Jr. (11.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg). Georgia Tech -- Shaun Fein, G, 6-3 Sr. (15.4 ppg, 45 percent from three-point range); Alvin Jones, C, 6-11 Sr. (14.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.6 bpg); Tony Akins, PG, 5-11 Jr. (12.5 ppg, 4.6 apg).
NOTES: The Seminoles were close to their first Atlantic Coast Conference win, falling 84-81 in overtime to visiting North Carolina State on Thursday. But the matchup against Georgia Tech doesn't appear favorable. FSU has trouble against teams with a powerful inside game. Jones, the former Lakeland Kathleen star, has blossomed into a consistent force. If FSU doubles him, it can't defend the perimeter (a problem all season) and the Yellow Jackets capitalize on open shots. Led by Fein, freshmen Fs Halston Lane and Marvin Lewis and senior G T.J. Vines, they are shooting 41.2 percent from three-point range. -- Compiled by BRIAN LANDMAN.
WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m.; Hofheinz Pavilion.
TV/RADIO: Ch. 32; WQYK-AM 1010; WAMR-AM 1320.
RECORDS: South Florida 12-6, 4-1 Conference USA; Houston 4-13, 1-4.
COACHES: USF -- Seth Greenberg (68-66, fifth season; 173-136 overall). Houston -- Ray McCallum (first season; 130-89).
KEY PLAYERS: USF -- B.B. Waldon, F, 6-8 Jr. (17.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Altron Jackson, F, 6-6 Jr. (19.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg); Cedric Smith, F, 6-6 Sr. (10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Houston -- George Williams, F, 6-8 So. (14.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg); Dominic Smith, G, 5-10 Jr. (12.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Chad Hendrick, G/F, 6-5 Sr. (11.0 ppg, 4,7 rpg); Patrick Okafor, F, 6-8 Jr. (10.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg).
NOTES: Houston returns home today after three consecutive C-USA games on the road hoping to snap a three-game conference losing streak. ... South Florida is coming off a nationally televised win over DePaul on Thursday night that ended a two-game losing streak. Houston is 2-5 at home this season. ... South Florida is third in the league in scoring defense; Houston is 11th, although it is sixth and seventh, respectively, in scoring defense. ... Houston holds the edge in free-throw shooting; the Cougars are third in the league, South Florida is last. ... Waldon is coming off a game in which he scored seven points on seven shots and was injured by a hard hit late that left him with a severe headache. ... The Cougars are strong rebounders, ranking fifth and fourth, respectively, in offensive and defensive rebounding. ... Greenberg said fatigue was a factor in Thursday night's game, particularly for Waldon, who had six tests during the week. Fatigue may again be prevalent because South Florida had one day's rest between games.
-- Compiled by ANTONYA ENGLISH.
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