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USF men vs. Richmond

When/where: 7, Sun Dome, Tampa

Records: USF 4-0, Richmond 3-3

Notable: A win would give USF its first 5-0 start since 2001, when the Bulls won their first seven games. Both teams are coming off overtime games: USF edged Stetson in double OT last week, and Richmond lost to Marist. Richmond is led by 6-foot-9 freshman Dan Geriot, who is averaging 16.2 points. The Spiders have lost three straight, falling to Old Dominion, Radford and Marist. ... USF has several players leading the Big East in key statistics: forward Melvin Buckley is the league's top scorer at 22.8 points per game, freshman guard Solomon Bozeman leads in assists at 6.5 per game (with teammate Chris Capko third in the league at 6.0), and senior forward McHugh Mattis leads the league in blocked shots, averaging 5.5 per game. ... The Bulls won't play at home again for 17 days, traveling to Winston-Salem State and East Carolina this weekend, then playing three games in Las Vegas on Dec. 17-19.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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