North Carolina at Florida State
Hats off to Steve Robinson, new coach of the Seminoles (8-1 at week's end). "The first time we met him, I had my hat on backwards [in the Moore Athletic Center]," says senior guard LaMarr Greer. "The first thing he said was, 'Take off the hats in the building.' " (Has Robinson never watched an NBA draft?) Robinson's commitment to discipline—already he has briefly benched Florida State's top two returning scorers, Randell Jackson and Corey Louis, for tardiness and missing a class, respectively—should galvanize players who recently interpreted the second word of Atlantic Coast Conference as a verb. The formidable Tar Heels (10-0) will encounter one of the league's most precocious freshmen in 7'2" Seminoles center Karim Shabazz.
? CBS, 2 PM
Quest at Glory
No chance of Atlanta's leading scorer' attacking her coach in practice: They are one and the same person. Teresa Edwards (left) is so pleased with her scoring—a league-leading 23.7 points per game for the Glory at week's end—that she has rewarded herself by playing 39 minutes per game, tops in the ABL. Columbus's leading scorer, Katie Smith, who says the athlete she most admires is a certain hoary Glory player-coach, rang up 28 points in a recent overtime victory against Atlanta.
?FOX SPORTS NETWORK, 7 PM
Patriots at Dolphins
At stake in this duel of 9-6 teams is the AFC East title. Last month New England defeated Miami 27-24 as Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino tied his single-game highs for pass attempts (60) and touchdown passes thrown to opposing defenders (two). Miami coach Jimmy Johnson has since acquired bad-guy running back Lawrence Phillips in hopes of reviving Miami's moribund rushing attack. Tonight Phillips will be encouraged to run afoul of the law—specifically New England defensive backs Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy.
?ABC, 9 PM
Heat at Bulls
Today we invoke the yuletide lyric "Five golden rings!" Bulls coach Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen own that many. ( Jackson has a sixth from his playing days as a Knick.) Miami coach Pat Riley also has five (one as player, four as coach) from his Lakers tenure. If the Bulls were Christmas characters: Pippen would be the Grinch, for his obstinate, self-imposed isolation; forward Dennis Rodman (left, battling Miami's Ike Austin) would be Rudolph, for his colorful ways; Steve Kerr would be Rudolph's towheaded pal, Herbie the Dentist; and Jordan, of course, would be Santa.
? NBC, 5:30 PM
Motor City Bowl
Miss Moss at your own peril! Marshall wideout Randy Moss (right), the best example of a big fish in a small pond this side of Free Willy (save the postage: Sure, a whale isn't a fish, but you get the idea), performs on a prime-time national stage for the second time this season, against Mississippi. Moss, a 6'5" sophomore for the 10-2 Thundering Herd, has at least one scoring reception in 26 of his 27 games, and 53 touchdowns overall. Tonight all eyes should be on the MAC-daddy as he plays in what will be his final collegiate game if, as expected, he opts for the NFL draft. The Rebels (7-4), making their first bowl appearance since 1992, are led by senior tailback John Avery (862 yards rushing).
? ESPN, 8 PM
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