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USF Bulls vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball preview capsule

USF vs. Rutgers

When/where: 7; Sun Dome, Tampa

Radio: 970-AM

Records: USF 10-6, 0-4 Big East; Rutgers 9-7, 0-4.

Notable: If the Bulls can't win at home against Rutgers, it looks to be another long season of Big East play. USF has just 11 conference wins in four-plus seasons in the Big East, but three of them have come against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have lost five straight, struggling since losing big man Greg Echenique to a season-ending injury. Rutgers guard Mike Rosario averages 16.2 points per game, and forward Jonathan Mitchell, a transfer from Florida, averages 10.4. USF needs Mike Mercer or Jarrid Famous to step up as a scoring threat. Watch out for speedy point guard Anthony Crater, who is playing his third game after transferring from Ohio State last season.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

USF Bulls vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball preview capsule 01/15/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:22am]

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