USF MBB takes on Jackson State

Posted: November 16, 2014 in Basketball

The Bulls started the 2014 season with a solid win over Flagler College, winning 75 to 61 to start the year at 1-0. Now they will face Jackson State as they try to make it two in a row (game begins at 2 PM).

Jackson State went 11-20 (7-11 in the SWAC) last year, going just 5-13 on the road. They dropped their opening game of the year 58 to 93 to NC State (0-1 to start). Last season, they averaged 64.2 PPG while allowing opponents to score 66.6 PPG (game begins at 2 PM). This is the first meeting between the two programs. 

The Tigers are led by sophomore guard Javeres Brent (6’3″ 195 lbs.) who averaged 8.4 PPG last year in 26 starts. He shot 70 for 201 from 3-point range (35%), averaging 3.3 RPG, and added 18 assists (46 turnovers), 4 blocks and 31 steals. He had 13 points and 3 rebounds in their first game. Senior power forward Derrell Taylor (6’6″ 200 lbs.) averaged 7.1 PPG (shot 50%), 4.4 RPG, and added 16 blocks and 23 steals last year. He had 8 points and 4 rebounds in the opening loss. Sophomore forward Treshawn Bolden (6’8″ 233 lbs.) averaged 5.3 PPG (27 starts), 4.1 RPG and had 11 blocks and 13 steals as well. He had 9 points and 6 rebounds (4 turnovers) in the opening game. Sophomore guard Dontaveon Robinson (6’4″ 180 lbs.) averaged 3.9 PPG (19 starts), 1.9 RPG, and added 22 assists and 16 steals. He had just 1 rebound and was 0 for 3 shooting in the opener. Keep an eye on sophomore forward Kenneth Wachira (6’7″ 185 lbs.) who averaged 6.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG and had 16 steals last year off of the bench.

Overall, Jackson State has a club with a lot of interior size, which might be an issue for the USF depth in the paint. While the Bulls can match them, they don’t have a lot of depth and foul trouble could be a concern if the Tigers attack the rim and try to draw contact early in the game. USF will need Chris Perry and Jaleel Cousins to have solid games inside, rebound, and avoid cheap fouls. If Collins can run the show again like he did in the first game, USF should stand a strong chance in this game.

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