After an overtime win at UAB, the Bulls (3-0) are back on the road as they take on NC State (3-0). The Wolfpack are averaging 82 PPG and go with a 3-guard lineup, running the court and shooting it from all over the place. USF will have to keep pace if they want to get the win in this game (game begins at 4 PM).
NC State is led by sophomore guard Anthony Barber (6’2″ 180 lbs.) who is averaging 16.3 PPG, 6 RPG and has added 16 assists (6 turnovers) and 3 steals. He averaged 8.5 PPG and 2.9 RPG last year. He is their primary point guard that is also their top scoring option. Corey Allen and Anthony Collins will have to keep him in check. Redshirt junior guard Trevor Lacey (6’3″ 213 lbs.) is averaging 14.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, and has 9 assists (3 turnovers) and 5 steals on the year. Redshirt junior guard Ralson Turner (6’5″ 205 lbs.) is averaging 10.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG and has 2 blocks on the year. He averaged 10.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG and added 21 steals last year. He is a long, athletic guard that will stretch the court and be a tough match-up for Nehemias Morillo and others off the wing.
Sophomore forward Lennard Freeman (6’8″ 250 lbs.) is averaging 7 PPG, 9.3 RPG and has 3 steals. He averaged 4 PPG and 5.7 RPG last year and is their big man in the paint. Chris Perry and Jaleel Cousins will have to deal with him on the glass and try to avoid foul trouble. Sophomore forward Kyle Washington (6’9″ 225 lbs.) is averaging 5.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG and has 5 blocks on the year. Keep an eye on sophomore forward BeeJay Anya (6’9″ 295 lbs.) who is averaging 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG and has a team leading 12 blocks this year off of the bench. He averaged 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG and had 46 blocks last year. He is a big time shot blocker that can come in at any point and take over the paint.
USF has been plagued by bad free throw shooting, foul trouble and turnovers in the first few games, yet despite that, they have come away with 3 straight wins. Now against an ACC foe, the Bulls will have to clean up their act and play a much cleaner game if they want to get the win. Chris Perry and others have to rebound and avoid foul trouble while Anthony Collins and the backcourt have to avoid the turnovers. Will USF have Ruben Guerrero for this game? It is not known yet, but he is traveling with the team. If he can’t go, the inside depth for the Bulls will be tested again and foul trouble will be something to watch in this game. NC State likes to run and shoot, the same thing USF is getting use to. This will be a very entertaining game to watch.