?South Carolina at Florida
CBS 3:30 PM
Four years ago Steve Spurrier helped Lou Holtz's ailing wife, Beth, get an appointment with Florida's NCAA faculty representative, a noted oncologist. Ever since, the two coaches have been pals. Their friendship will undergo a severe test with this showdown in the Swamp: The victor wins the SEC East championship and gets a berth in the conference title game. That's old hat for Spurrier's Gators, but South Carolina hasn't played in the title game since joining the SEC in 1992.
? Preseason NIT: Pepperdine at Indiana
ESPN 7 PM
In one regard Bob Knight's boorishness helped him: It distracted people from the fact that his Hoosiers had become incapable of winning a big game. They haven't advanced past the second round of the NCAAs in six years, and Knight's last game was a first-round 77-57 drubbing at the hands of 11th-seed Pepperdine. New Indiana coach Mike Davis hopes to avenge that L, but don't count on it happening. The Waves have All-West Coast Conference guard Brandon Armstrong, while the Hoosiers lost All-America backcourtman A.J. Guyton to the NBA Bulls.
? U.S. at Barbados
ESPN2 2 PM
If you thought finishing last in the 1998 World Cup was bad, how about getting bounced from the semifinal round of Cup qualifying by a country one-seventh the size of Rhode Island and named for bearded fig trees? The Americans can escape that fate by beating Barbados—a team it destroyed 7-0 in August—in this final Group E match. Beware: The Barbadians played most of that game two men down and can be tough at home.
? Knicks at Sonics
TBS 10:30 PM
Based on early returns, the deal that sent Patrick Ewing (above) from New York to Seattle looks like the rare trade that hurts both teams. The 76ers spanked the Knicks by 29 at Madison Square Garden on opening night, while Ewing scored two points in his Sonics debut. Tonight, though, Ewing will look to exploit the hole his departure created in the middle of the New York defense. Beanpole Marcus Camby, who replaced Ewing in the Knicks' starting lineup, will have his hands full. He relies on his shot-blocking abilities to make up for his lack of girth, but Ewing has long been the master of the all-but-unswatable fadeaway J.
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