USF WEEKEND SCHEDULE: 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Maryland Eastern Shore; 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Loyola-Chicago; 3 p.m.; Sunday vs. Western Michigan
WHERE: Sun Dome
RADIO: 98.7 FM-The Fan (Jim Lighthall, play-by-play; Todd Kalas, analyst)
TV: Sunday's game will be aired on Bright House Sports Network
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
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. Sunday.
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 role.
"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.
"They're ready to play," Heath said.