Josh Heath and the Bulls host Rutgers Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Sun Dome.
Al Messerschmidt

USF Hosts Rutgers Saturday at 8 p.m.

February 07, 2014

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Sun Dome (10,411)
TV: ESPNews (Mike Patrick, Len Elmore) | WatchESPN
Radio: 98.7 FM The Fan, Sirius: 110, XM: 198 (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) | BullsCast
Game Notes: USF | Rutgers
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TAMPA, FEB. 7, 2014 – Having won two of its last three games, the University of South Florida men’s basketball team will attempt to keep momentum when it hosts Rutgers Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Bulls (12-11, 3-7) and Scarlet Knights (9-14, 3-7) enter the game in a tie for sixth place in the American Athletic Conference with Houston (11-12, 3-7). The top six teams at the end of the season receive a first round bye at the American Athletic Conference Championships, held in Memphis March 12-15.

USF has played well as of late, coming off a 79-78 overtime win at UCF on Wednesday. Prior to that, the Bulls lost a hard-fought game at Cincinnati, currently ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25 Poll, 50-45 after a 78-71 win over SMU. The Mustangs have since beaten nationally ranked Memphis and are tied for third in the conference.

Saturday’s game is a doubleheader for USF as the women’s basketball team hosts in-state rival UCF at 2 p.m.

The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 101-69 loss at No. 24 Memphis on Tuesday, their fifth loss over six games. In the game prior, Rutgers took it to Houston in an easy 93-70 win at home. Road games have been tough for Rutgers, which will leave the conference after this season for the Big Ten, as it is 0-7 away from Piscataway, N.J. Junior Myles Mack leads the team in scoring at 15.8 points per game, the sixth best in the conference, and in assists at 4.3 per game. The Scarlet Knights are led by first-year head coach Eddie Jordan.

Rutgers leads the all-time series 7-5 and won the last meeting 70-67 last season in Piscataway, N.J. USF has won the last four meetings in Tampa and holds a 4-2 advantage all-time at home.

» USF’s 54 points in the paint at UCF was its most since recording 54 against Providence on Feb. 27, 2010
» USF has outscored its opponent in the paint in each of the last three games
» The USF - UCF game had 13 ties, 11 lead changes, 13 dunks, two double-doubles, two teams shooting over 50 percent and one made free throw by Shemiye McLendon with 0.8 seconds left in overtime.
» USF tied a season-low with eight turnovers at UCF. The Bulls also had eight vs. FGCU, both games went to overtime.
» The Bulls had a season-high 34 made field goals at UCF. Their previous best was 32 at Temple.
» Chris Perry’s free throws: First 15 games... 23-of-53, 43%. Last eight games... 23-of-33, 69.7%
» Victor Rudd and Corey Allen Jr. are the only two players to start in every game this season for the Bulls
» In every game Victor Rudd has recorded at least 10 rebounds (5), he’s had at least 10 points for a double-double
» Musa Abdul-Aleem is 13-of-54 (24.1 percent) from three-point range, but 9-of-15 from two
» John Egbunu has recorded at least one blocked shot in all but five games this season (FGCU, Miss. State, vs. Cincy, vs. UL, at Memphis)
» John Egbunu’s 31 blocks on the season is the third most ever at USF among freshmen, first is 50
» John Egbunu’s 152 rebounds is the fourth most ever at USF among freshmen, first is 197
» Only six teams have attempted fewer three-pointers per game than USF (13.0)
» 61.4 percent of USF’s scoring has come via two-pointers, the 5th most in the NCAA according to KenPom
» 41.4 percent of USF’s scoring has come from three newcomers: Corey Allen Jr., John Egbunu and Chris Perry
» 22.5 percent of USF’s scoring has come from Victor Rudd
» USF is 0-8 when shooting under 40 percent from the field
» USF is 7-1 when leading at halftime, but 2-10 when trailing at the break
» USF is 8-0 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent
» USF’s 560 free throws attempted ranks third in the conference
» Victor Rudd is one of three players (TaShawn Thomas/UH, Isaiah Sykes/UCF) in the American Conference to rank in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding. 10th in scoring (15.0), 9th in rebounding (6.7)
» Corey Allen Jr. ranks 14th in assists (3.1), 13th in steals (1.4), fourth in minutes played (34.1)
» John Egbunu ranks 9th in the conference in rebounding (6.7), the most of any freshman, 10th in blocked shots (1.3), 8th in offensive rebounding (2.6)
» Chris Perry ranks 15th in the conference in rebounding (5.8)

Senior forward Victor Rudd (Los Angeles) scored eight of his season-high 25 points in overtime as USF won in thrilling fashion over UCF, 79-78 Wednesday in Orlando. The winning point was scored on a free throw by junior guard Shemiye McLendon (Vero Beach) with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime.

RUDD AT 1,000
Senior forward Victor Rudd became the 18th player at USF to score 1,000 career points when he did so on Jan. 28 in the Bulls’ win over SMU. His 1,000th point came in the most obscure method, technical foul free throws following the violation to SMU’s Nic Moore early in the second half. Rudd accomplished the feat in three seasons after totaling 38 points as a freshman at Arizona State (2009-10).

On Jan. 28, USF played an SMU team which ranked second in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (36.2 percent). The Bulls entered the contest having not scored more than 58 points in each of its previous four games. USF then showed why the game is played on the court and not on paper as it shot 53.1 percent against the Mustangs. The best shooting percentage against SMU up to that point had been Houston’s 47.8 percent effort on Jan. 26.

Victor Rudd has played a more well-rounded game this season. His assist total of 42 is more than all of last year when he had 32 assists in 30 games.            

When USF scored 54 points in the paint at UCF, it was the most since recording 54 on Feb. 27, 2010 in a 99-93 win by the Bulls. When USF defeated SMU 78-71 on Jan. 28, it was the first time the Mustang’s had been outscored in the paint all season (38-28). The Bulls have outscored their opponents down low 788-613 on the season.

USF RUNS ON DUNKIN                                                                                                           
Through 23 games, the Bulls have recorded 94 dunks, an average of 4.0 per game. Freshman John Egbunu has led the rim-rattling with 36 dunks (page 6). Nine of Egbunu’s dunks have come from an alley-oop pass from junior point guard Anthony Collins. The only game in which USF did not recorded a dunk was on Jan. 4 against Houston.

USF plays at No. 22 UConn on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The Huskies lead the all-time series 10-2 but the Bulls won in the last meeting 65-51.

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