USF vs. No. 9 Connecticut
When/where: 9; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
TV/radio: BHSN; 620-AM
Records: UConn 10-1, 0-0 Big East; USF 7-6, 0-0
Notable: The defending national champions are a difficult test to open Big East play for the Bulls, though USF took the Huskies to overtime on the road last year before falling 66-61 on Dec. 31. … USF hasn't lost at home (or won on the road) and will play the remainder of its home schedule at the Times Forum. … UConn is led by sophomore Jeremy Lamb (18.9 ppg) and point guard Shabazz Napier (15.5 ppg, 6.7 assists), with solid contributions from freshmen Ryan Boatright (13.2) and Andre Drummond (10, 6.5 rebounds). … USF hasn't shot well, with senior forward Augustus Gilchrist leading with just 11.1 ppg, though it has gotten a boost in guard Jawanza Poland, averaging 10 points in his two games after being sidelined with a back injury. USF must limit its turnovers and find the outside shot that has eluded its backcourt. … UConn's only loss came at the hands of Central Florida by a 68-63 margin. … Huskies coach Jim Calhoun will not make the trip as he serves an NCAA-mandated three-game suspension for recruiting violations under his watch. Associate head coach George Blaney takes over tonight.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer