TAMPA - The Bulls want to turn things around in a hurry and
they'll have plenty of chances to get on the winning track this weekend.
Head coach Stan Heath's squad will face three teams in three
days during this weekend's USF Invitational at the Sun Dome. USF gets started
with Maryland Eastern Shore 7:30 p.m. Friday, continues play against
Loyola-Chicago 7:30 p.m. Saturday and finishes up with Western Michigan 3 p.m.
USF is coming off a 74-56 loss to UCF in the season opener
that showed the Bulls are still a work in progress while a large group of new
players get accustomed to the team's style of play.
"We learned a lot from our last game. We played very
individualistic, got very frustrated, and played in a frustration mode and we
can't do that," Heath said. "The guys have talked some things out and I think
we have more voices that are speaking up now, which we needed."
One player that appeared to be in top form was Jawanza
Poland, who came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points. The senior
guard went 8-for-11 from the field and continued to make a push for a starting
"Jawanza is more than capable of scoring his brains out. We
know that," Heath said. "We just need Jawanza to do things on the other side to
be effective both ways. Jawanza has always been a guy that we've brought into a
game and he's been a game-changer throughout his career."
The USF Invitational is part of a five-game homestand for the Bulls that ends 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Bradley.