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Saturday, February 19, 2005; Page D04

Miami at Virginia Tech

When: 7. Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. Records: Hurricanes 15-8, 6-6 ACC; Hokies 13-10, 6-6.

Submitting Their Bids: This is a crucial game for both schools' hopes for making the NCAA tournament. Each has surprised in its first season in the ACC after playing as Big East rivals last season. Virginia Tech won this season's previous meeting, 73-63, in Miami on Feb. 2, but the Hurricanes have won three of their four games in Blacksburg.

Riding High: Virginia Tech's win over No. 7 Duke on Thursday was its first over a top 10 team since 1986. The upset ended a three-game losing streak.

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Manhattan at George Mason

When: 4. Where: Patriot Center. Records: Jaspers 13-11; Patriots 15-10. Radio: WDCT-1310.

Entertainment Value: The first meeting between the two schools is part of the made-for-ESPN Bracket Buster event, though neither team appears to be in position to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament bracket. However, the Patriots have won four of their past five, including an upset of Old Dominion on Wednesday, and appear to be peaking at the right time.

Bench time: George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga is coaching the 600th game in his 21 seasons as a head coach. Larranaga is 138-94 in eight seasons at George Mason, the winningest coach in school history.

Today's Other Games

Men

American at Lafayette, 1

Bowie State at St. Paul's, 4

Catholic at Gallaudet, 4

South Carolina State at Howard, 4

Goucher at Marymount, 4

Navy at Lehigh, 7

Women

Lafayette at American, 2

Bowie State at St. Paul's, 2

Catholic at Gallaudet, 2

Georgetown at West Virginia, 1

South Carolina State at Howard, 2

Goucher at Marymount, 2

Lehigh at Navy, 1

Virginia Tech at Florida State, 7


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