USF vs. SMU
When/where: 7, Sun Dome
TV/radio: ESPNews, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
Records: SMU 16-4, 5-2 American Athletic Conference, USF 10-10, 1-6
Notable: The Mustangs' 71-54 embarrassment of USF 13 days ago began a five-game win streak that is still intact. Bulls coach Stan Heath said his team missed at least a half-dozen shots in the paint early in that contest, when SMU built a 13-0 lead. Bulls senior Victor Rudd, benched for most of the second half of Sunday's 80-58 loss at Memphis for what Heath called a "loss of focus," is expected to start. Rudd needs 10 points to become the 18th player to score 1,000 as a Bull. Look for SMU, the second-best defensive team in the conference (60.3 ppg), to try to harass USF's inexperienced backcourt. USF's 13.5 turnovers per game are tied for most in the league.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer