The Bulls are off to a 5-1 start on the year and now are back on the road as they take on Alabama (5-1) (game begins at 9 PM). USF beat Alabama last year in the Sun Dome, winning 66 to 64 in a thrilling game. The Crimson Tide will be looking to return the favor while defending their home court in this game.
Alabama is led by senior guard (6’5″) who is averaging 20 PPG, 6.2 RPG and has 10 steals and 13 assists on the year. He was the leading scorer against USF last year, scoring 12 points and recording 5 rebounds in the loss in Tampa. He is a big, athletic guard that will cause issues in the backcourt. Senior guard Rodney Cooper (6’6″) is averaging 10.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and has added 3 steals and 2 blocks. Like Randolph, Cooper has a lot of height in the backcourt which could cause some issues for the smaller USF backcourt with Anthony Collins and Corey Allen Jr. Sophomore forward Shannon Hale (6’8″) is averaging 10.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG and has 5 steals on the year. He is an active big man that will be a tough match for Chris Perry in the paint.
Junior guard Ricky Tarrant (6’2″) is averaging 13.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG and has 7 steals coming off of the bench this year. Freshman guard Justin Coleman (5’10”) is averaging 6.2 PPG, and has 15 assists and 3 steals on the year. He can set up his teammates well in the set offense but also score as well. Sophomore forward Jimmie Taylor (6’10”) is averaging 5.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and leads the team with 10 blocks on the year. He is a shot blocker that will cause issues for the Bulls in the paint.
Last year, the Bulls were led by Chris Perry and his 14 point and 14 rebound effort (Corey Allen had 9 points) in the win over Alabama. This is going to be a tough test once again (last game went down to the last second). The Tide have a very tall and athletic backcourt that will have the size advantage in this game. For USF to get the road victory, they will need a perfect game from Anthony Collins running the offense to stand a chance and for the offense to click. Let’s see how this one goes down.