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Improving Bulls Host Tulane on Wednesday

January 10, 2017
By  USF

Matchup: Tulane (3-12, 0-3 The American) at USF (6-8, 0-3)
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411)
Watch: ESPN3 (Drew Fellios, Mark Wise)
Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas)
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TAMPA, JAN. 7, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team plays its first home game of 2017 on Wednesday evening when the Bulls welcome Tulane to the Sun Dome for a 7 p.m. showdown.

USF enters the midweek tilt following a road loss at SMU on Saturday. Despite the defeat, there were many bright spots for the young Bulls, who boast no seniors. USF established new season-highs with 11 made three pointers and 16 assists. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) tallied a season-best 20 points as the Bulls turned the ball over just 11 times, a season-low.

The Opponent

Tulane has had a difficult season thus far, winning just three of its 15 games played. The Green Wave arrive in Tampa with hopes of snapping a five-game losing streak. Redshirt junior guard Cameron Reynolds is registering a team-high 15.5 points per game. Sophomore guards Kain Harris (11.1) and Melvin Frazier (10.6) are also averaging double-digit point totals this year.

The Green Wave hold the 18-13 edge in the all-time series with the Bulls. Both teams split the two meetings last season. USF owns the slight 8-7 advantage in games played in Tampa.

Notables

  • USF is currently third in The American in three point shooting percentage (.363).
  • Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) is second in the conference in free throw percentage (.852) and seventh in assists (4.0).
  • Junior forward Bo Zeigler (Detroit) is also second in field goal percentage in The American (.587).
  • Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) has grabbed the third-most rebounds in the conference (8.1) and 10th in field goal percentage (.505).
  • Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 102 blocks at USF, tied with Augustus Gilchrist (2008-12) for seventh most in program history.
  • The Bulls have outrebounded their opponent in five of the last seven contests.
  • USF has outscored the opponent by 99 points in the paint this year.
  • This season, the Bulls are one of four NCAA Division I teams with no seniors on its roster. The other three are Bradley, Penn State and UT-Rio Grande Valley.
  • The next USF Basketball Radio Show will be on Monday, Jan. 23 from World of Beer on Fowler Ave. Join interim head coach Murry Bartow and the voice of the Bulls, Jim Lighthall, for the one-hour show starting at 7 p.m. Listen live on 820 AM or online at GoUSFBulls.com.

About USF Men’s Basketball

The USF men’s basketball team is led by interim head coach Murry Bartow. Coach Bartow has served as a collegiate basketball coach for 30 seasons and boasts eight postseason tournaments, including four NCAA Tournaments.

The Bulls feature freshman Tulio Da Silva, junior Ruben Guerrero, sophomore Troy Holston and junior Geno Thorpe.

USF has retired three numbers in its 46-year history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30) and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids and appeared in the NIT eight times. In the 2011-12 season, USF was one win away from an appearance in the Sweet 16.

For tickets, contact the USF Ticket Office at 1-800-Go-Bulls or by going online to USFBullsTix.com.

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