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#751 USF 123.5
vs. #752 UCF -4

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala
A pair of schools from the Sunshine State are in AAC action on the college hardwood. The South Florida Bulls are on the road as they make the trip to face the UCF Knights Saturday evening. South Florida was dropped 68-64 at home by #21 Memphis Sunday in their previous contest. UCF cruised to a 74-55 win on the road over Tulane Tuesday night. The Bulls lead the all-time series 17-14 but the Knights have won the last eight meetings, including a 75-63 road win in the most recent matchup on February 27, 2019.

South Florida Bulls Try to Snap Slide vs. UCF

South Florida has been up and down all season long with no win streak longer than three games and no skid more than two so far this season. It’s added up to an 8-9 mark overall and a 1-3 conference mark coming into this game. The Bulls have been owned in the series with UCF recently and would love a win here to get back to .500 on the year. South Florida has a couple of solid wins on their resume as they downed Furman at home and Loyola Chicago on a neutral floor. On the flip side, Brian Gregory’s team has a couple of horrible losses, falling to IUPUI at home and on the road to East Carolina this season. The Bulls are struggling offensively with only 64.4 points per game. South Florida struggles on the glass as they collect 33.9 rebounds per contest and dish out a measly 10.3 assists a night. The Bulls are sound defensively, ranking 51st in the nation by holding opposing teams to 62.7 points per game. David Collins leads the team with 15.1 points plus 3.3 rebounds per contest. Laquincy Rideau contributes 12.9 points per game while Justin Brown, Ezacuras Dawson III, Michael Durr, Rashun Williams and Xavier Casteneda all have to step up and contribute. The Bulls do miss Alexis Yetna, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice leading into the season. He averaged 19.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season and led the AAC with 15 double-doubles. South Florida shoots 41.8 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Bulls drain 6.9 triples per game while shooting only 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. South Florida is atrocious at the free throw line as they convert just 60.7 percent of their attempts this season. The Bulls are 80th in defensive efficiency this season according to as their defense has been their calling card. South Florida struggles when teams actually get a shot up as they are 304th in effective field goal percentage defense (53.3 percent) this season. On the plus side, they are eighth in turnover percentage, forcing a turnover on 25.4 percent of opponent’s possessions. The Bulls are 17th in offensive rebounding percentage allowed at 23 percent on the season. South Florida is a methodical team ranked 292nd in tempo with an average of 66.2 possessions per game this season.
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