USF vs. Providence
When/where: 7; Sun Dome, Tampa
Records: Providence 14-9, 6-5 Big East; USF 8-14, 3-7
Notable: USF is coming off a huge win Friday against No. 8 Marquette, the highest-ranked team ever to fall to the Bulls. … Providence has lost three straight, but those were against Connecticut, Villanova and West Virginia, who are a combined 22-9 in Big East play. … The Friars have the worst defense in the Big East statistically, allowing 75.8 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting. … Seven players average at least 8.6 points for Providence. USF has relied heavily on four scorers: Gs Dominique Jones, Jesus Verdejo and Chris Howard and F Gus Gilchrist. The rest of the team has totaled nine points in the past two games. … Verdejo had 21 points in the Marquette win, 15 in the second half.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer