USF vs. Alabama
When/where: 9; Sun Dome
TV/radio: ESPNU; 1010-AM
Records: USF 5-2; Alabama 4-3
Notable: The Bulls will try to build on the momentum created by one of the biggest wins under coach Stan Heath. Trailing by 17 with a little more than 12 minutes to go Wednesday at George Mason, USF rallied to win 68-66 on Corey Allen's fadeaway with two seconds to play. "What I saw is our team really come together," Heath said. "I thought the 12 minutes down the stretch we looked like a cohesive basketball team." Alabama, which has lost to Oklahoma and Duke, likely will attack USF with fullcourt pressure and a "hybrid" zone that Heath said is active. Four Tide players average at least nine points per game, led by senior G Trevor Releford (16.3 ppg). Bulls G Anthony Collins (7.4 ppg, 5.0 assists) is averaging 29.4 minutes despite a surgically mended knee Heath said remains only about "60 percent."
Joey Knight, Times staff writer