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College basketball preview: USF Bulls at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, 8 p.m. Thursday

USF at Southern Miss

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When/where: 8; Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Radio: 1250-AM

Records: USF 7-5, Southern Miss 9-2

Notable: Monday's win against Cleveland State was USF's first game with all its players healthy, and the Bulls looked sharp, buoyed by the season debut of G Jawanza Poland, who scored 13. … Southern Miss' leading scorer also made his debut in the last game, as Darnell Dodson had all of his 17 in the second half, including a 3 at the buzzer to beat Arizona State. … The Golden Eagles beat USF in Tampa in last season's opener, but a Bulls win here would give them positive momentum heading into Wednesday's Big East opener against Connecticut. … Southern Miss averages 74 points, so expect an uptempo game that will play well to USF's newfound depth. … After playing 27 minutes off the bench against Cleveland State, Poland might have earned the start.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

College basketball preview: USF Bulls at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, 8 p.m. Thursday 12/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 8:39pm]
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