Coppin State (2-3) at Illinois (7-2)
Site: Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill.
Outlook: All three of Coppin State's losses have been to Big 12 schools, including Thursday night's 84-80 overtime defeat at Kansas State. This is the first meeting between these schools. Illinois is led by senior G Kiwane Garris (19.0 ppg).
UMBC (0-5) at Rider (1-4)
Site: Alumni Gymnasium, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Outlook: After a slow start, sophomore G Alhamisi Simms is leading UMBC in scoring at 12.2 ppg. The Retrievers are shooting 33.8 percent from the field. The series is tied 4-4. Rider is led this season by Greg Burston at 14.2 ppg.
Pub Date: 12/14/96