Basketball is back! Well, at least in exhibition form. The Bulls will take the court for the first time to start the 2014-15 season, the first season under new head coach Orlando Antigua. The Bulls went 12-20 last year and just 7-10 at home in 2013, so Coach Antigua and company are hoping to get the season off to the right foot (even if it is exhibition play).
The Bulls will be facing off against DII opponent IU-Pennsylvania. The Crimson Hawks went 24-5 last year and 11-1 on the road while averaging 71 PPG. Let’s see what the Bulls are facing in this first game of the year (game begins at 4 PM).
The Crimson Hawks will have to replace their top two scorers from last year but have a talented back-court to help carry the burden. Junior guard Brandon Norfleet (6’5″ 190 lbs.) averaging 11 PPG last year while making 18 starts in 22 games. He shot 7 for 42 from 3-point range and averaged 4.1 RPG, 3 APG, and had 27 steals on the year. Joining him in the backcourt is senior guard Devante Chance (5’11” 181 lbs.) who started all 29 games last year while averaging 10.9 PPG (40 for 124 from 3-point range) while averaging 3.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, and led the team with 55 steals. Both of the guards are quick for IU-Pennsylvania and are not afraid to shoot from long range. It will be a great first test for Anthony Collins as he gets back to form. Others like Corey Allen and newcomers like Troy Holston to get going.
In the paint, the Crimson Hawks are led by senior forward Jeremy Jeffers (6’6″ 205 lbs.) who averaged 8.4 PPG last year along with 4.6 RPG and added 11 blocks. Redshirt junior forward Devon Cottrell (6’7″ 220 lbs.) who made 9 starts in 29 games averaging 6.3 PPG, 5 RPG, and led the team with 59 blocks. For the USF big men inside like Chris Perry, Dre Clayton, and the newcomers like Jaleel Cousins, this will be a great test as well for them to get going. They will be able to work on their games as well as the entire team with the tempo and speed of the new offense.
This will be a great chance to see how the new look Bulls play in their game together under Coach Antigua. We have heard about the tempo and conditioning they have gone through, but now we get a chance to see it all in action. Game on.