The Bulls, 1-5, are hoping to bounce back after falling to top ranked Kentucky on Friday afternoon (game begins at 2 PM). USF will be hosting Savannah State, 3-3, in the Sun Dome as they attempt to get back in the win column.
USF is averaging 65.5 PPG (25 for 106 from 3-point range) compared to allowing 73 PPG against them. The Bulls average 41.7 RPG while allowing 38 RPG. Savannah State on the other side is averaging 64 PPG while allowing 74.5 PPG. They also average 34.7 RPG while opponents average 38.2 RPG. The Bulls should have the advantage in the paint in this game.
Savannah State is led by senior guard Christopher Martin (6′ 185 lbs.) who is averaging 14 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 18 assists (10 turnovers) and has 4 steals. He is their primary scoring threat and runs the offense (match-up issue for Roddy Peters and Nehemias Morillo). Junior guard/forward Troyce Manassa (6’4″ 215 lbs.) is averaging 10.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG and has 3 steals on the season. He is a versatile player with his size (match-up issue for Chris Perry and Angel Nunez). Graduate forward Lenjo Kilo (6’8″ 240 lbs.) is averaging 8.8 PPG, 5 RPG, and has 4 steals and 5 blocks on the season. He will be a threat in the paint against Jaleel Cousins and the others in the paint.
The Bulls have to get this game in this battle. They battled tough against Kentucky, but need to learn from that loss and take it out on Savannah State. If they drop this game, it will only lead the Bulls further down in the standings. They need this game so much.