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USF VS. PROVIDENCE

TODAY

When/where: 2; Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa

Radio: 1250-AM

Records: Providence 12-9, 1-7 Big East; USF 12-9, 5-3

Notable: If USF's to a point where it could look past an opponent, this is the kind the Bulls shouldn't: Providence has struggled in Big East play but is capable of big wins, as in the Friars' lone Big East win, a 31-point upset of Louisville. ... The Bulls get the Friars twice within two weeks, and those games could be the difference between the NIT and missing the cut. ... Providence has solid scorers in guards Vincent Council (16.7 ppg) and Bryce Cotten (15), but USF has won with the Big East's toughest defense. ... The Bulls have won three of the past four against Providence - albeit close games - so they should have confidence at home. ... Watch for the chance of highlight-reel dunks from Bulls guards Jawanza Poland, Victor Rudd and Hugh Robertson.

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