The Bulls, 2-6, are on the road again as they take on South Carolina, 7-0 (4-0 at home) (game begins at 4 PM). The Bulls lost their first road game on his short trip to Delaware on Thursday night and looking to get back in the win column, but it will be an uphill battle in this game.
The Bulls enter the game averaging 64.8 PPG (allowing 70.2 PPG) and are shooting 24% from 3-point range on the year. In the past three games, they are 10 for their last 40. The Bulls average 40 RPG but opponents are averaging 39.1 RPG. USC is averaging 84.1 PPG (allowing 69.1 PPG) and is hitting 39% from 3-point range (yikes for our bad perimeter defense). They average 43 RPG (30.7 RPG allowed) as well.
Leading USC is senior forward Mindaugas Kacinas (6’7″ 229 lbs.) who is averaging 15.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and has 4 blocks along with 3 steals on the season. Senior forward Laimonas Chatkevicius (6’11” 245 lbs.) is averaging 14.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG and has 9 blocks along with 4 steals on the season. Senior forward Michael Carrera (6’5″ 214 lbs.) is averaging 11.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and has 6 blocks and 7 steals on the season. A key player to watch off the bench is junior guard Duane Notice (6’2″ 218 lbs.) who is averaging 12 PPG (13 for 28 from 3-point range), 2.1 RPG and has 7 steals.
The thing that should jump out is the size and senior leadership that USC has in the paint with their forwards. They attack the basket, high a high percentage of their shots, and rebound well. USF has struggled to find any consistency, either in the paint or on the perimeter. If they want to hang around in this game, they have to get the bigs of USC moving and run the offense perfectly while hitting their shots. If USF is one and done on each trip down the court in this game, it could get real ugly on the scoreboard for them.