WHO: USF (10-10, 1-7) at UConn (14-5, 4-3) WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TV: BEN/BHSN (Eamon McAnaney and Ron Perry) RADIO: 98.7-FM The Fan (Jim Lighthall)
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The Bulls have shown their ability to jump on teams
early during the recent stretch of games. Stan Heath is now looking for some staying
The USF men's basketball team looks to regroup in Big East
play 2 p.m. Sunday at UConn. The Big East Network game will be aired locally on
Bright House Sports Network from Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
The Bulls have started league play at 1-7 but Heath has seen
his squad make progress in key areas. USF shot a season-high 92 percent from
the free throw line the last time out against Marquette and the Bulls continue
making improvement on the glass as well.
"I'm seeing good improvement on the rebounding end," he
What Heath wants now is consistency after watching the Bulls
let a lead slip away in a 63-50 loss at No. 25 Marquette on Monday night. USF
started 4-for-5 from long range on the way to a 20-17 lead more than midway
through the first half before Marquette took over in the second half with an
opening 10-0 run.
"We can't have these gaps when we come out in the second
half, or during certain periods of time, and teams go on these runs and get
this little bit of separation that really is the differential at the end of the
game," Heath said.
Thanks to a number of injuries, USF has gotten much younger this
season and Monday's loss has provided Heath with good teaching points in
practice. Two players that have taken Heath's guidance seriously are freshmen
Zach LeDay and JaVontae Hawkins, who went from being minor pieces to major
players for the Bulls.
Hawkins, a guard, has reached double figures in four of his
past six games. LeDay, a forward, has been in double figures in two straight
games and posted a career-high 17 points against No. 24/23 Notre Dame on Jan.
"Both have exceeded those expectations and it doesn't seem
like they're slowing down at all," Heath said. "They're still doing extra
things to help themselves get better. They're both guys that want to learn and
USF gets a rematch with Marquette 7 p.m. Wednesday at the
Sun Dome. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.