USF vs. Rutgers
When/where: 7; Sun Dome, Tampa
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