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USF Bulls center Ron Anderson knows a little about Temple Owls

NASHVILLE — USF senior C Ron Anderson is more familiar with tonight's NCAA Tournament opponent tonight than his teammates.

Three years ago, when he was transferring from Kansas State, his decision came down to USF and Temple.

"I know the coaching staff at Temple and have a lot of respect for them. I love everything about Temple," said Anderson, the Bulls' most vocal leader, on Thursday.

"(Senior G) Ramone Moore is a great player. He was my host when I went there."

Anderson said he expects a battle tonight. Temple's top scorers are guards, but it has solid rebounders in 6-foot-11 Micheal Eric (8.8 per game) and 6-9 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6.5) to challenge him in the post.

"I've got a history with Temple," he said. "And I know they're going to come out ready to play."

FAMILIAR FACE: Michigan coach John Beilein could face USF on Sunday. And when he sees Bulls freshman PG Anthony Collins, he can't help but think of Collins' brother, J.D., who played for him at West Virginia from 2002-06.

"It's like I'm looking at the same young man," Beilein said as his team prepared to face Ohio today. "J.D. came into West Virginia basically just to prove a point that he could play big-time basketball, and we were looking for players with that type of attitude.

"I see lots of similarities in the two in that they were handed the ball somewhat as a freshman and they played like seniors from the very beginning."

BIG CHALLENGE: Florida State will have its hands full with St. Bonaventure's 6-9 F Andrew Nicholson, who averages 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds. FSU's Bernard James said he reminds him of Central Florida 6-9 F Keith Clanton, who was held to 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting in the Seminoles' 73-50 win on Nov. 14.

"He can go out and shoot it," James said. "He can play a back-to-the-basket game as well. I think this guy is a little bit tougher than Clanton, but he does have that same solid play."

Ego check: James said FSU's overtime loss to Virginia Commonwealth in last year's region semifinals still haunts the Seminoles. He added he and his teammates use it to check their ego, even after beating North Carolina and Duke twice.

"I've thought about it every day since the VCU game," James said. "We use it as a constant reminder every day to stay focused and to perform at the top of our ability."

Admiration: Temple coach Fran Dunphy said he is a fan of USF's defensive style, watching it several times on television, including Wednesday's win.

"If I didn't have to play against them (today), I would have enjoyed very much watching the game, really celebrated what they had done," he said. "Now I'm, obviously, worried."

THIS AND THAT: USF played in Bridgestone Arena three years ago, losing 71-52 to Vanderbilt in the Big East/SEC Challenge. It was senior Augustus Gilchrist's second game as a Bulls freshman. … With the Sun Dome reopening after a $35 million renovation, USF is looking into hosting a four-team round-robin tournament in November.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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