After a week off, the Bulls are back home as they try to snap their two-game losing streak and get back in the win column (5-3 on the year). They will be facing off against the Georgia Southern Eagles who come to town at 4-2 (game begins at 7 PM).
The Eagles are led by senior guard Jelani Hewitt (6’2″) who is averaging 21.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.5 APG and has 22 steals on the year. He will be a matchup issue for Anthony Collins during the game due to his height. Senior forward Trent Widerman (6’8″) is averaging 14.5 PPG, 7 RPG and has 7 steals and 7 blocks on the year. Freshman guard Mike Hughes (6’3″) is averaging 8.7 PPG, 6 RPG and has 10 steals on the year. He is another tall guard that will have a height advantage over the starting USF backcourt of Collins and Corey Allen Jr. Senior forward Angel Matias (6’4″) is averaging 8.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Senior guard Curtis Diamond (6’3″) is averaging 7.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG and has 6 steals to round out their roster.
Georgia Southern will star the game with multiple guards on the floor, all with size and length. The Bulls will be at a slight disadvantage with both Collins and Allen being smaller guards. Nehemias Morillo will help the Bulls on the wing and having Perry at forward will also help as well. They will have to be sound on defense and when the switch, or it could lead to some mis-matches during the game.
USF struggled on offense in the last loss to Detroit. If it hadn’t been for Allen’s big game, it may have been worse with several players going cold during the contest. USF will need their stars (Allen, Perry) and the newcomers like Holston, Cousins, and Guerrero, to step up their games and contribute more on offense. The Bulls were out of sync for most of the second half with Detroit, something that have to avoid in this game if they want to defend homecourt. The Bulls cannot afford another off night in this game.