The Bulls, 2-8, are at home as they host the 4-6 Jacksonville Dolphins (game begins at 7 PM). USF has had a rough start to the season and it doesn’t get any easier with Jacksonville in town.
USF is averaging 62.7 PPG (allowing 70.8 PPG) and are shooting just 22% from 3-point range, including 9 for 50 in their last 3 games. They are also averaging 40.7 RPG (allowing 39.6 RPG). The Dolphins enter the game averaging 76.9 PPG (allowing 75 PPG) and are hitting 39% from 3-point range, averaging 9 3-pointers a game. They also average 37.8 RPG. Jacksonville fires a lot of long range shots and the USF defense has been shaky at times getting out on the perimeter to contest the open looks. This has to be an area of concern for Coach Antigua and company.
The Dolphins are led by senior guard Korl Baineaux (6’4″ 205 lbs.) who is averaging 17.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, and has 8 steals on the season. For the USF backcourt that is short handed with Roddy Peters out, it could be a tough night for the young USF guards. Junior forward Marcel White (6’6″ 220 lbs.) is averaging 17 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and has 8 steals along with 7 blocks. He will be a key match-up for Chris Perry down in the paint. Perry, who was held without a field goal on Sunday, has to have a better game on both ends of the court. Rounding out their top scorers is junior forward Darius Dawkins 96’7″ 200 lbs.) who is averaging 15.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and has 7 blocks on the year.
For the Bulls to win this game, they have to attack the paint and feed Jaleel Cousins, Perry, and Ruben Guerrero. The Bulls are not a great shooting team, so they need to use their height advantage and take the close range shots instead of hoisting up the 3-balls that are not even hitting the broad side of a barn right now. If the Bulls fail to control the paint on both ends, it could be another long night for the Bulls.