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Basketball preview: South Florida Bulls at St. John's Red Storm

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USF at St. John's

When/where: 2; Carnesecca Arena, Queens, N.Y.

TV/radio: ESPNU; 1250-AM

Records: USF 7-13, 2-6 Big East; St. John's 11-9, 2-6

Notable: USF has one road win this season (at DePaul) and has a chance at another, facing a Red Storm team that has lost eight of 10. St. John's does have home wins against Notre Dame and Rutgers, but two things play into USF's hands: The Red Storm is last in the Big East in 3-point defense, which should set up USF guards Dominique Jones (18.4 ppg) and Jesus Verdejo (13.9); and is last in 3-pointers hit per game. … The Red Storm has three solid scorers in 6-3 guard Paris Horne (14.1), 6-7 forward Anthony Mason (14) and 6-6 forward D.J. Kennedy (13.3). … USF continues to get strong play from freshman forward Gus Gilchrist, the team's No. 2 scorer in Big East play with 12.1 points per game. … St. John's has won three of the previous four meetings, including a 14-point win in Tampa last season. … A win would give USF three in league play, matching the most in any of its previous three seasons in the Big East.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Basketball preview: South Florida Bulls at St. John's Red Storm 01/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 7:23pm]
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