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Basketball preview: USF Bulls at UConn Huskies

South Florida goes for a season sweep Sunday against Connecticut.
USF guard Laquincy Rideau drives to the basket between Houston's Nate Hinton, left, and Fabian White during a game on Jan. 26, 2020, in Houston. [MICHAEL WYKE | AP]

USF (11-15, 4-9 AAC) at UConn (14-12, 5-8)

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.; 2 p.m. Sunday; TV: CBS Sports Network

BOTTOM LINE: USF goes for the season sweep over UConn after winning the previous matchup at the Yuengling Center. The teams last met Jan. 4, when the Bulls outshot UConn from the field 46.2 percent to 40.7 percent and hit 11 more free throws en route to a 15-point victory.

STEPPING UP: The do-everything Christian Vital is putting up 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals to lead the charge for the Huskies. James Bouknight has complemented Vital and is putting up 11 points per game. The Bulls have been led by Laquincy Rideau, who is averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals.

LOVE FOR LAQUINCY: Rideau has connected on 25.6 percent of the 121 3-pointers and has made 7 of 27 over the past five games. He also has converted 54.6 percent of his free throws this season.

SLIPPING AT 75: UConn is 0-7 this season when it allows 75 points or more and 14-5 when holding opponents to fewer than 75.

STREAK STATS: UConn has won its past three home games, scoring an average of 71.3 points while giving up 65.

DID YOU KNOW? USF’s defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24 percent of all possessions, which ranks 16th among Division I teams. UConn has turned the ball over on 20.2 percent of its possessions (ranking the Huskies 252nd, nationally).

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