By ANTONYA ENGLISH
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 31, 2001
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30; Sun Dome, Tampa.
RADIO: WQYK-AM 1010; WAMR-AM 1320.
RECORDS: Louisville -- 8-12, 4-3 C-USA; USF -- 13-6, 5-1.
COACHES: Louisville -- Denny Crum (671-288, 30th season). USF -- Seth Greenberg (69-66, fifth season; 174-136 overall).
KEY PLAYERS: Louisville -- Marques Maybin, G, 6-3 Sr. (18.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg); Reece Gaines, G, 6-6 So. (14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Rashad Brooks, G, 6-1 Sr. (5.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg). USF -- Altron Jackson, F, 6-6 Jr. (19.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg); Cedric Smith, F, 6-4 Sr. (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Reggie Kohn, G, 6-1 So. (5.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg).
NOTES: The Bulls will be without second-leading scorer and top rebounder B.B. Waldon, who has been suspended. ... Louisville has won three of its past four games, and Maybin has been hot. The senior matched a career-high 30 points in a win over DePaul. ... Though the Cardinals have struggled, they have had a few bright spots. Louisville leads C-USA in three-point field-goal percentage. And the Cardinals hit their stride in the past four games, shooting 48 percent from the field and holding their opponents below 70 points. ... South Florida is coming off a dominating performance over Houston on Saturday. ... Jackson, the Bulls' sixth man, is the leading scorer in C-USA. ... Louisville and South Florida are second in the American and National divisions, respectively. ... Louisville leads the series 14-2, including a 10-point win last February. ... Maybin, this week's C-USA Player of the Week, averaged 24.5 points to lead the Cardinals to a pair of conference victories. ... South Florida is undefeated at home this season, but the Cardinals are 5-1 in games in Tampa.