After a tough loss on the road against NC State on Sunday, the Bulls (3-1) are back home as they take on Hofstra (3-1). Hofstra is off to a strong start to their season after going 10-23 year. For the Bulls, it will be a tough test with several players dealing with injuries (game begins at 7 PM).
Hofstra is led by junior guard Juan’ya Green (6’2″ 195 lbs.) who is averaging 19.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, and has 3 steals. He is a scoring and passing threat, putting pressure on Anthony Collins and the backcourt of the Bulls. Junior guard/forward Ameen Tanksley (6’5″ 230 lbs.) is averaging 14.5 PPG, 6 RPG, and has 7 steals and 2 blocks. He is a long guard that will be a tough match for Nehemias both off the dribble and on the perimeter. Sophomore guard Brian Bernardi (6’2″ 195 lbs.) is averaging 10.8 PPG, 2 RPG and has 3 steals on the year. Junior guard Malik Nichols (6’6″ 210 lbs.) is averaging 6.5 PPG, 2 RPG, and has 3 steals. He is another long wing player that can cause issues off the wing.
Senior guard Dion Nesmith (6’1″ 215 lbs.) is averaging 12.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG and has 7 steals on the year coming off of the bench. With a depleted backcourt for USF, having someone like him taking the court as a reserve will test the depth of the USF bench. Freshman forward/center Andrew Walker (6’10” 230 lbs.) is averaging 2.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG and has 11 blocks to lead his team. USF has struggled on rebounding in the paint to start the year and with Ruben Guerrero still questionable to play (did travel with the team last weekend for both games), keeping the USF big men out of foul trouble will be key.
USF will have a very limited bench in this game. With Guerrero still day to day (groin) and Troy Holston (ankle) out for some time, the Bulls will have to be careful with foul trouble and have to keep the pace going in this game (Dinero Mercurius got dinged as well, but should be good to go for this game). This is a game they need after falling just short to the Wolfpack in the last outing. They have to bounce back strong in this one or this young team could be in for an early season losing streak.