USF vs. Cleveland State
When/where: 7; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
TV/radio: BHSN; 1250-AM
Records: USF 6-5, Cleveland State 10-1
Notable: Don't take the Vikings lightly — they beat the Bulls in Cleveland last year and won by 13 at Vanderbilt this season. The key is turnovers — last year CSU committed four while forcing 24 from USF in a 69-62 win. The Vikings are forcing an average of 19.7 this season, so Bulls freshman PG Anthony Collins has to take care of the ball. USF will see the season debut of junior G Jawanza Poland, who has missed the first 11 games with a back injury and a two-game suspension. Sophomore G Victor Rudd might not start after going scoreless with no rebounds or assists in 22 minutes Thursday in a loss at Auburn. He surrendered the team scoring lead to Augustus Gilchrist, who averages 11 points per game. After tonight, the Bulls have one more tuneup at Southern Miss, then open Big East play on Dec. 28 against defending national champion Connecticut.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer