NO. 6 SOUTH FLORIDA VS. NO. 3 NOTRE DAME
WHERE/WHEN: Madison Square Garden, New York; 9 p.m.
TV/RADIO: ESPN/620 AM
RECORDS: USF — 20-12, 12-6 Big East regular season; Notre Dame — 21-10, 13-5
NEED TO KNOW: The Bulls, coming off Wednesday night’s victory against No.14-seeded Villanova, are in the Big East Conference tournament quarterfinals for the first time. … Notre Dame beat USF 60-49 on Jan.10 at South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish used a 14-0 second-half run to put the game away. USF shot only 1-for-13 from 3-point range. … Notre Dame is the only team to beat Syracuse (30-1) this season, winning 67-58 at home on Jan.21. … For the fourth time in program history — and the second time in the past three years — USF has achieved a 20-victory season. … Notre Dame is trying to reach the Big East tournament semifinals for the fourth time. It is 0-3. … USF is 1-8 all-time against Notre Dame. Its only victory was a 69-63 win against No.21-ranked Notre Dame at the Sun Dome during the 2006-07 season.