Big East Game 3 primer: South Florida vs. Villanova

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Game No. 3: South Florida (9-22, 3-15 Big East) vs. Villanova (21-10, 9-9 Big East)

Line: Nova -9.5

TV:
7 p.m., ESPNU

What to watch for: A spark from Villanova. The Wildcats have lost nine of 14 and may be without their best 3-pointer shooter and second-leading scorer Corey Stokes (hamstring). He’ll be a gametime decision. Nova is shooting just 38.9 percent on its current four-game skid.

Tourney talk:
We have Nova as a seven seed right now, an upset tonight – or even a win and a blowout loss tomorrow — could drop it into that dreaded eight-nine game in the NCAA tournament.

Sheen meter: “Got to dismiss these clowns.” If the Wildcats don’t, they’ll be the biggest laugh in the Big East.

Prediction: The experienced Nova backcourt should be enough, even with an off shooting night, to survive the conference’s worst team in turnover margin.

Nova 68, USF 54

Winner faces
: No. 7 Cincinnati tomorrow at 7 p.m.



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