USF (6-20, 0-13) at Rutgers (15-12, 5-9)
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Louis Brown Athletic Center
TV/Radio: None, 620 AM
The story: The men’s basketball team will face the Scarlet Knights for the second time in eight days in what will be the Bulls’ last road game of the season.
Rutgers beat USF 65-41 on Saturday at the Sun Dome to eliminate the Bulls’ chance of making it to the Big East tournament. Senior center Solomon Jones, who has 12 double-doubles this season, scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds. But it wasn’t enough for USF, which only made one three-pointer; the Scarlet Knights scored 27 points from beyond the arc.
Rutgers, which is coming off a 66-50 loss to No. 23 Georgetown, is tied with St. Johns for the final spot in the Big East tournament.
The Bulls fell 77-56 to Providence on Tuesday to extend their record to 15 straight losses. Senior guard James Holmes, who leads USF with 17.1 points a game, had a team-high 18 points and added four rebounds. Jones, who had earned a double-double in the Bulls’ three previous games, failed to register a field goal for the first time this season, but he missed a significant amount of time after being elbowed in the face. Jones had to get stitches in his lip and only played 25 minutes.
Still in search of its first Big East win, this is USF’s last game of the season against an unranked team. The Bulls will close out their season at home against No. 4 Connecticut on Wednesday and Georgetown on March 4.
Keep an eye on: Rutgers guard Quincy Douby. In USF’s loss to the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Douby was 11-for-18 from the field and had a game-high 33 points. Douby is first in the Big East and seventh in the nation with 24.8 points per game.
– Kevin Smetana