College basketball preview: South Florida Bulls vs. Cincinnati
USF vs. Cincinnati
When/where: 7; Sun Dome, Tampa
Records: Cincinnati 18-11, 8-8 Big East; USF 8-20, 3-13
Notable: USF has lost six straight, all by double figures, while Cincinnati is on the NCAA bubble, ninth in the Big East with two games to play. … The Bulls have struggled offensively since losing senior guard Jesus Verdejo to an injured right foot. Like center B.J. Ajayi (knee), he won't play in his final home game, with forward Aris Williams the only senior to suit up on senior night. … USF has struggled to replace Verdejo; freshman Justin Leemow hasn't scored in the past four games. USF coach Stan Heath said he'll look at walk-on Ryan Kardok, who played community college basketball last season and has barely played this season, because he's the best shooter of USF's remaining guards. … USF has gotten solid play from sophomore Dominique Jones (18.1 points per game) but needs more balanced scoring.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer