SOUTH FLORIDA AT RUTGERS
WHEN/WHERE: Noon/Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J.
RECORDS: USF 12-16 (3-12 AAC), Rutgers 10-18 (4-11)
TV/RADIO: ESPNews/98.7 FM, 1010 AM
NEED TO KNOW: USF has dropped five straight games since a 79-78 overtime win at UCF on Feb. 5. ... In order to earn a first-round bye in the AAC tournament, USF must win its final three regular-season games and Houston must lose its final three. Houston put itself in almost unreachable position with Thursday’s 77-68 home win against Memphis. … Rutgers defeated the Bulls 79-69 on Feb. 8 at the Sun Dome. Kadeem Jack had a career-high 31 points (13-for-13 from the free-throw line) for Rutgers, which opened the game with a 15-2 run. … Rutgers leads the overall series 8-5, including a 5-1 advantage at home. … USF senior forward Victor Rudd, who has averaged 20.6 points and 9.0 rebounds in the past three games, is 26 points from 13th on the school’s all-time scoring list. … USF is at Houston on Tuesday night before finishing at home against Temple in the March 8 regular-season finale.
LSU AT NO. 1 FLORIDA
WHEN/WHERE: 4 p.m./O’Connell Center, Gainesville
RECORDS: LSU 17-10 (8-7 SEC), Florida 26-2 (15-0)
TV/RADIO: CBS, Ch. 10/1250 AM
NEED TO KNOW: Riding a program-record 20-game winning streak, UF has equaled its best regular-season win total, matching the 2006-07 team’s 26 wins (26-5). ... This senior class is the first in UF history to win three SEC championships. ... The Gators, who have won 30 straight at home, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1989 SEC championship team, the first in program history, during today’s game. ... Florida backup point guard Kasey Hill, a freshman who missed the past three games with a groin injury, was cleared to play.