USF Men’s Basketball: Bulls take Central Florida on Thursday

Posted: March 1, 2017 in Basketball
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He did eventually make his flight and should be around for this game.

The Bulls, 7-20 (1-15), are back home (yes, everyone got home after the road trip to Tulsa). They will be facing Central Florida (game begins at 7 PM), who enter the game with a record of 19-10 (10-7). Central Florida beat USF in the first meeting, 86 to 64.

USF is entering this game averaging 65.3 PPG while allowing 75.1 PPG. Central Florida is averaging 67.2 PPG while allowing 60.2 PPG.

Central Florida is led by redshirt sophomore guard BJ Taylor (6’2″ 200 lbs.) who is averaging 17.2 PPG (30 for 94 from 3-point range), 4.3 RPG with 79 assists (53 turnovers), with 24 steals. He had 7 points and 8 assists in the first meeting. Sophomore center Tacko Fall (7’6″ 290 lbs.) who is averaging 11.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG with a team leading 73 blocks. The big man had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the first game. He is just a force in the paint that is simply impossible to move under the basket. Rounding out their top scoring threats is redshirt senior guard Matt Williams (6’5″ 215 lbs.) who is averaging 15 PPG (101 for 273 from 3-point range), 4.6 RPG , and has 19 steals on the year. He went off with 38 points and 3 rebounds in the first game, including an insane 11 for 21 from 3-point range. Yeah, USF should try to get out and guard him on the perimeter.

Alright, just two regular season games, so let’s get through this together. USF will try to defend its home court in these last two games, but let’s be honest, I doubt it happens unless they play well and the opponent plays terrible. In the first meeting with Central Florida, Geno Thorpe had a team leading 22 points and 6 assists, and he will need a similar effort with even more help around him. Just don’t embarrass us out there in this one, please?

 

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