The Bulls, 5-4 on the year, will try to snap their 3-game losing streak but it won’t be easy. USF will be hosting former Big East foe Seton Hall (8-1) in a very important game (game begins at 7 PM).
Seton Hall is led by junior guard Sterling Gibbs (6’2″) who is averaging 16.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, and has 27 assists (14 turnovers) and 11 steals on the year. He is another big guard that will be tough to match up with on the wings. Freshman guard Isaiah Whitehead (6’4″) is averaging 12.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, has 31 assists (29 turnovers), 12 steals, and 4 blocks on the year. He is a long guard that can defend and set up his teammates (major matchup issue with him). Senior forward Brandon Mobley (6’9″) is averaging 10.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and has 13 blocks and 9 steals. He is a tough presence to deal with in the paint and will be a tough contest for Chris Perry and company under the basket. Freshman forward Angel Delgado (6’9″) is averaging 8.3 PPG, 10 RPG and has 12 blocks on the year (another big scorer in the paint). Sophomore guard Jaren Sina (6’2″) is averaging 7 PPG and 2.4 RPG in the starting lineup. A player to watch off the bench is freshman guard Khadeen Carrington (6’3″) who is averaging 6.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG and has 10 steals on the year.
Much like Georgia Southern and Detroit in the previous two games, Seton Hall has a lineup with big guards that will have the size advantage against the USF backcourt of Corey Allen and Anthony Collins. This has been a problem for USF all year and the offense has sputtered at times because of it. Coach Antigua will need them and the front court with Perry and others to step up and get more on offense. Ruben Guerrero and Jaleel Cousins have been silent for most of the year in the paint. They will need to wake up if the Bulls want to avoid a 4-game losing streak.