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North Carolina's Ed Cota, point guard for the struggling Tar Heels, did not practice Friday because of a viral infection and his status for today's game was uncertain.

Team doctors will determine before today's game whether Cota can play against Florida State (1 p.m., Ch. 7), school officials said. Cota's virus is not the flu, doctors said.

Cota leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in assists with 8.6 per game. He had 10 assists in Carolina's loss at Virginia on Tuesday and moved into ninth place in NCAA history with 901 assists. He has not missed a game since a Jan. 31, 1999, win over Georgia Tech, which he missed because of a calf muscle injury.

The Tar Heels have lost three in a row and will try to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 1991-92 when they play the Seminoles.

USC loses two starters

LOS ANGELES -- Sam Clancy, the Pacific-10 Conference's second-leading scorer, and Jarvis Turner will miss the rest of USC's season with injuries.

"Losing Jarvis Turner and Sam Clancy are both serious blows and we will have to rally as a team to pick up the slack," coach Henry Bibby said Friday, one day before the Trojans (9-5, 3-0 Pac-10) were to play No. 2 Arizona.

Clancy leads USC (9-5, 3-0) in scoring (17.2) and blocked shots (1.6), and is second in rebounding (7.7). The 6-foot-7 sophomore fractured a bone in his right foot in the second half of a 95-92 win over Arizona State on Thursday.

"I'm disappointed," Clancy said, "but there's nothing I can do but stay positive. These type of things happen and I'll just have to deal with it. Now, I have to rehab and support the team in other ways. Other people will have to step up in our place."

Both will miss 6 to 8 weeks.

Loyola triumphs with no Rowe

BALTIMORE -- Blanchard Hurd scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lift Loyola of Maryland (6-10 overall, 3-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) to a 71-63 win over first-place Siena (12-5, 6-1).

It was the Greyhounds' fourth straight game without the services of senior guard Jason Rowe (Traditional), who's been suspended for violating the school's academic policy. Loyola snapped a four-game losing streak. Siena, which had won five in a row, got 17 points from Isaiah Stewart.

Syracuse-Seton Hall game rescheduled

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Seton Hall set new dates for games postponed following a dormitory fire Wednesday that killed three students.

The at No. 6 Syracuse has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 7. It was originally scheduled for noon today.

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