College basketball preview: USF Bulls vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles
USF vs. Southern Miss
When/where: 7:30; Sun Dome, Tampa
Notable: The teams were similar last season: USF went 20-13, Southern Miss 20-14, and both finished with .500 conference records and earned their first postseason bids in a long while — since 2002 for USF, 2001 for Southern Miss. … The Golden Eagles return all five starters, led by 6-foot-8 F Gary Flowers (once a USF target), who averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds last season and made the preseason first-team All-Conference USA squad. … The Bulls will miss the scoring and experience of guards Dominique Jones and Chris Howard, but coach Stan Heath is confident in his frontcourt of 6-10 Augustus Gilchrist and 6-11 Jarrid Famous. … The teams haven't met since USF was in C-USA. The Bulls won the last three meetings and eight of the past 10, most recently in 2005. … Watch USF's newcomers, including junior college transfers Hugh Robertson and Jawanza Poland, who will help fill Jones' void at shooting guard/small forward.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer