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  1. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2mwGzzq Coco Montes Named American Player of the Week Montes hit a team-high .421 and drove in a team-best five RBI TAMPA, FEB. 27, 2017 – University of South Florida baseball player Coco Montes has been named The American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon. The sophomore second baseman led the Bulls’ offense and was a key factor in a 5-0 week. Montes hit a team-best .421 (8-for-19) during a week for that began with a win at No. 3 Florida State on Tuesday night. Montes totaled three runs, his second homerun of the season and a team-high five RBI. In the ninth-inning comeback win at FSU Tuesday, Montes went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored that was the tying tally. Over the weekend in a four-game sweep of Miami (Ohio), Montes went 7-for-16 (.437) and had a pair of multi-hit games. He had a 2-for-4 effort in game 1 of Saturday’s double-header with two RBI and a run scored, helping his team to a 7-2 win. In the series finale Sunday afternoon, Montes clubbed a season-best three hits, added another run and a two more RBI, including his second homer of the year. Montes is riding a six-game hit streak and has three multi-hit games this season. The Bulls remain at home when they welcome Toledo into Tampa for a three-game series that begins at 6:30 p.m. this Friday. Fans can purchase season tickets, flex plans and single-game tickets at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  2. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2lUaVy0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook USF Closes Regular Season Monday TAMPA, FEB. 26, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team plays in its last game of the regular season on Monday, when it hosts No. 1 UConn on ‘Senior Night’ in the Sun Dome Arena at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats for the start of the pregame ceremony at 6:30 when the Bulls celebrate the careers of Paige Cashin, Ariadna Pujol, Nancy Warioba, Katelyn Weber and senior manager Jon Huang. The regular season finale will air as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday coverage, with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Kara Lawson (analyst) on the call. The USF IMG Sports Network radio broadcast can be heard on AM 1040, featuring Mike Lefko and Brigid Merenda. USF (22-6, 11-4 The American) is fresh off its 22nd win which marks just the second time in program history the Bulls have reached 22 wins during the regular season. Sophomore Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) led the Bulls with 34 points and produced USF’s third-ever perfect performance from 3-point range (minimum of five attempts) and became the first Bull to go 6-for-6. Her hot-shooting afternoon helped USF finish 61 percent from the floor and 57 percent from long range. Promotions USF looks to shatter an unofficial world record for most t-shirts tossed at basketball game. The Bulls aim to throw approximately 1,500 t-shirts between the first and second quarter. The first 500 students to the arena will receive a free neon snapback hat. The Opponent USF and UConn will meet for the second time this season and the 22nd time in program history. The Bulls look for their first win against the Huskies in the team’s 45 seasons. USF has faced UConn 15 times as a No. 1 seed. Notables Laksa needs 34 more points to tie Courtney Williams’ sophomore record of 586 points in a season. The Bulls have totaled at least 22 regular season wins for just the second time in program history. USF won 24 games during the 2014-15 regular season and finished with a program record of 27. The Bulls close out the conference slate with a grueling 4 games across nine days. As the third seed, USF is scheduled to play the 6/11 seed winner in the conference championship quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.(ESPN3). The tournament will once again take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Bulls have totaled 13 wins by 16 or more points, including six against conference opponents. Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat. USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.
  3. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2lH6OVy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook USF Overpowers Tulsa in Road Finale TULSA, Okla., FEB. 25, 2017 – Led by red-hot Kitija Laksa, USF locked up the third seed for the American Athletic Conference Championship with a 90-64 win at Tulsa on Saturday afternoon. Laksa reached new career milestones by going 6-for-6 from long range and shooting 92 percent overall (13-for-14) during her 34-point performance in the Bulls' regular season road finale. The star sophomore from Riga, Latvia scored 27 points in the second half and posted her eighth career 30-point game despite playing just 26 minutes. Laksa produced USF’s third-ever perfect performance from 3-point range (minimum of five attempts) and became the first Bull to go 6-for-6. Her hot-shooting afternoon helped USF finish 61 percent from the floor and 57 percent from long range. USF (22-6, 11-4) became just the second team in program history to register at least 22 regular season wins. Head coach Jose Fernandez's Bulls accomplished the feat with a complete team performance against Tulsa (8-20, 4-11). Three-time conference freshman of the week Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) added to her stellar debut season as a Bull with a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds. Junior Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) went 7-for-15 from the field and finished with 19 points and six rebounds. Junior point guard Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) nearly reached a triple-double once again, matching her career best with nine rebounds, along with nine points and seven assists. USF dominated the boards by a 37-23 margin. Before it turned into a rout, USF jumped out to a 36-26 halftime lead by shooting 56 percent from the field. Jespersen led the way with 11 points, while Flores was a force on both ends of the floor with five points and eight rebounds. Flores’ aggressiveness on the glass helped the Bulls outrebound Tulsa, 21-11, in the opening half. USF’s defense allowed only six points in the second quarter and off-balance Tulsa shot 35 percent before the break. The Golden Hurricane heated up early, shooting 58 percent in the opening period. Laksa battled foul trouble early, starting with seven points in the first half and before exploding for 13 points in the third quarter to help boost the lead up to 61-46. Laksa’s 34-point outing moved up the forward up to seventh on USF’s single-season scoring chart with 552 total points. Quotables Head coach Jose Fernandez on Kitija Laksa’s 27-point outburst in the second half: “She only played 26 minutes because she picked up those two fouls in the first two and a half minutes of the game. That’s unlike her, and then she’s got three in the first half and we had to sit her. We’re a different team without her on the floor.” Head coach Jose Fernandez on reaching 22 regular season wins for the second time in program history: “This is a big win for us because this is win No. 22 for us on the year and you get that bye in the first round of the tournament.” Head coach Jose Fernandez on the Bulls’ preparation for Monday’s home game against No. 1 UConn: “Our kids understand how we’ve played against Connecticut. I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to playing that game again.” Notables - As the third seed, USF is scheduled to play the 6/11seed winner in the conference championship quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (ESPN3). The tournament will once again take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. - The Bulls have totaled at least 22 regular season wins for just the second time in program history. USF won 24 games during the 2014-15 regular season and finished with a program record of 27. - USF improved to 4-0 in its all-time series with Tulsa after defeating the Golden Hurricane, 84-68, in the programs’ first meeting of the season in Tampa on Jan. 7. - Laksa joined Shantia Grace and Jenny Koeppel as the only players in program history to go at least 5-for-5 from 3-point range in a game. - Laksa posted her seventh 30-point game of the season and eighth of her career, good for second-most in USF history. Wanda Guyton holds the record with nine 30-point performances. - Laksa needs 34 more points to tie Courtney Williams’ sophomore record of 586 points in a season. Up Next USF will host top-ranked UConn in the regular season finale that’s set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Sun Dome. The conference showdown will be a part of ESPN2’s Big Monday coverage. Prior to the game, USF will honor four senior members of the team in a special ceremony set to begin at approximately 6:35 p.m. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
  4. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2l165j1 Complete Effort Polishes Four-Game Sweep of Redhawks Pitching allowed just seven hits and two runs while the bats clubbed 12 hits and 11 runs TAMPA, FEB. 26, 2017 – Despite yielding the game’s first run in the opening frame, the University of South Florida baseball team (7-1) showed great patience at the dish and produced timely hits to score 11-straight runs, completing a four-game weekend sweep of Miami (Ohio) with Saturday’s 11-2 win. The Redhawks (0-7) got to junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) early with an Adam Yacek leadoff single up the middle to cap an 11-pitch at bat. Two outs put him on third, then a passed ball allowed him to score the first run. But Strzelecki would settle down after the first inning, as he went to his slider and breaking ball to record five-consecutive strikeouts, putting down the batters swinging. The USF bats came to the support of their starter much earlier than Saturday’s game 2 walkoff victory. The momentum from the dramatic win less than 24 hours prior carried, as sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) tied the score five pitches into the bottom half of the inning with an opposite field homerun that carried over right field fence. In his first at bat since the game-tying two-run blast Saturday night, Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) gave the Bulls a lead they would not let up with yet another deep homerun over the right field fence. After tacking on another run in the third, the Bulls blew the game open in the 4th with four runs. Sophomore Garret Zech (Naples, Fla.) doubled to the fence in left to score Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and last night’s hero Andres Leal (Tampa). Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) doubled to left to bring home Zech and Montes singled to center bringing in Merrell. The Redhawks had their best chance to cut into the lead in the sixth against freshman Noah Yager (Davie, Fla.), loading the bases with one away. But Yager induced a shallow fly ball to right and grounder to third to get out of the jam. The Bulls would add three more in the seventh and a run in the eighth before it was all said and done. Quotables Head coach Mark Kingston and the four-game sweep “I told the team before the game, you want to pitch well, play great defense and score a lot of runs and we executed in all three of those areas today. The sweep is nice but there are areas we can get better at and it’s a constant growing process and we will focus on how can continue to improve.” Coco Montes on his 3-for-4 day, his homerun and the team’s six-game win streak “I’m playing with a lot of confidence right now, seeing the ball well and have a year under my belt which is the biggest difference for me. I think last night’s ninth-inning with Chatfield’s homerun and the walkoff carried over into today.” Key Stats · The Bullpen allowed just three hits through 5.0 innings. · The middle infield of Merrell and Montes were the catalyst for the offense in the 1-2 holes, combined both going 3-for-4 with a combined three RBI and three runs. · Stunkel went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Zech had two RBI and a run. · Junior Cam Crabbe (White Plains, N.Y.) came in a defensive sub in the eight, had one at bat which was a solo homerun to left in the eighth inning. · Redshirt junior infielder Clay Simmons (Center Hill, Fla.) had one at bat, pinch hitting for Merrell in the seventh, as he drove in a run with an RBI double down the left field line. Notables · The Bulls improve to 5-0 all-time against Miami (Ohio). · The six-game win streak marks the longest for USF since the 2014 season. · The 7-1 start ties the best eight-game start since the 2014 season. · The middle infield of Merrell and Montes were the catalyst for the offense in the 1-2 holes, combined both going 3-for-4 with a combined three RBI and three runs. · The Bulls scored double-digit runs for the first time since March 4, 2016 with the 11 plated today. Up Next USF remains home for a three-game set against Toledo beginning Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.
  5. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/ 2mgZpxH Early Runs and Dominant Sanders Propels Bulls to Friday Win The Bulls scored four runs in the first 3.0 innings and Pheonix Sanders struck out 10 TAMPA, FEB. 24, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team plated four runs early on which was more than enough to aid a dominant pitching performance from senior Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) in Friday’s series-opening 5-1 win over Miami (Ohio). The Bulls (4-1) struck early, as junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) clubbed a triple to center field in the first home at bat that landed on the dirt. He was immediately brought home by sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) with a single through the right side. After adding to the lead in the second inning, the Bulls doubled-up the Redhawks (0-4) in the third inning. With Merrell on second and senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) on second with two away, a potential inning-ending fly ball to deep right was dropped by a retreating Landon Stephens at the track, this allowing the two runners to score easily. The Redhawks had their best chance to do damage in the top half of that third frame, as they had two runners in scoring position with no outs and the bases juiced with one gone. But Sanders struck out two and induced an inning-ending flyout to get out of his worst jam. He settled in from there and retired the final eight batters he faced, as the Bulls tacked on another run before the visitors put a dent in the scoreboard. Quotables Head coach Mark Kingston on his team’s performance and Sanders’s outing “Phoenix’s biggest thing tonight was that he was holding his velocity late in the game which is a great sign. He wasn’t doing that as much last year and wasn’t quite as strong, so an outing like this for him his huge.” Phoenix Sanders on the win and his strong outing “I think the win Tuesday at Florida State was huge for our momentum and getting the win tonight keeps it going which is big for us. I was happy with my fastball command and my curveball was my putout pitch towards the end of the night so it was nice that I had success with both. The early run support was huge and my outfield with their speed covering the range from right to left is awesome to have backing me up.” Key Stats Merrell finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Borders finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore third baseman David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) went 2-for-4 as well. Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) tossed 2.0 innings in relief and recorded five strikeouts while allowing just two hits. Notables The Bulls are now 2-0 all-time against the Redhawks. Merrell has two of his four career triples through the first five games of this season. The Bulls surrendered less than three runs for the fourth time this season and have not allowed more than four thus far. The 15 combined strikeouts are the second-most for the Bulls this year, as they recorded 16 against Iowa on Feb. 18. The team now has 63 strikeouts this season. Up Next USF and Miami (Ohio) will play a minimum of 18 innings on Saturday with a double-header. First pitch in game one is set for 2:00 p.m. Fans can purchase season tickets, flex plans and single-game tickets at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  6. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lSrqdR Bulls Sweep Saturday’s Twin Bill Over Redhawks in Dramatic Fashion Shane McClanahan dominated game 1 and Andres Leal walkoff sealed game 2 TAMPA, FEB. 25, 2017 – Though it seemed out of reach with two outs in the ninth, the University of South Florida baseball team came back yet again, this time in dramatic fashion to complete the 18-inning sweep of Saturday’s double-header against Miami (Ohio). The Bulls (6-1) received a dominant pitching performance yet again from redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) and were able to drive in runs when it needed them to take the first game over the Redhawks (0-6) by a score of 7-2. Game 2 looked like a pitcher’s duel with four combined hits until the seventh inning, when the visitors were able to drive in two runs off freshman D.J. Roberts (Jacksonville) all with two outs in the frame. Starter Brad Schwartz had fanned 10 batters and was in rhythm, but needed over 130 pitches to do so as he had the Bulls down to their final strike in the ninth. Sophomore Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) was the man at the dish with a 0-2 count and a runner on first. He took a fastball following two quick strikes and effortlessly demolished a ball well over the scoreboard in right field for the game tying homer. Schwartz was taken out immediately after the bomb which brought in Spencer Mraz. Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) doubled in the next at bat, setting up redshirt junior Andres Leal (Tampa). Having missed most of last season due to injury, Leal drove a ball up the middle of the infield and into center, allowing Stunkel to trot into home plate where he was bombarded by the rest of his teammates. Quotables Head coach Mark Kingston on the walkoff and Andres Leal’s hit “Andres is such a great kid, such a hard worker, it was great to see him rewarded for what he’s done by getting the game-winning hit. I was very impressed with D.J. tonight, he showed great poise in his first career start. For us pitching and defense needs to be the foundation and we are certainly doing both very well right now.” D.J. Roberts on his first collegiate start “I was nervous at first but throughout the game I kept myself calm and felt like I had good stuff most of the night. We have the makeup of great team and Chris’s homerun gave us life and energy but we had confidence going into the ninth that we were going to get it done.” Key Stats · McClanahan went 6.0 innings in game one, allowing just one hit for the second-straight time and nine strikeouts. · Roberts logged 6.2 innings, gave up five hits, the two runs and struck out five. · Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) and sophomore closer Andrew Perez (Orlando) were magical out of the pen, as the former faced recorded four outs all by way of the K and the latter struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth in game 2. · Chatfield’s homer and Leal’s walkoff were two of just six hits for the Bulls in game 2 after recording 11 hits in game 1. · Stunkel went 3-for-4 in game 1 with a RBI and had the game-winning run in game 2. · Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) and sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) each went 2-for-4 in game one with a combined three RBI and three runs scored. · Sophomore Garret Zech (Naples, Fla.) went 2-for-3 in the first game with three runs scored. Up Next USF and Miami (Ohio) conclude the four-game series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2mc82pR Bulls Visit Tulsa in Road Finale Sophomore Luis Santos set a career high with 16 points in the team’s last game Matchup: USF (7-19, 1-14) @ Tulsa (12-14, 6-8) Date: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 Time: 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) Location: Tulsa, Okla. | Reynolds Center (8,355) Watch: ESPNEWS (Dave LaMont, Stephen Howard) Radio: 820 AM, Sirius 81 (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 22, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team will finish the 2017 portion of the conference road slate with a midweek contest at Tulsa on Thursday evening. Three Bulls posted double figure points in the team’s last game at Tulane (2/18). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) tallied a team-high 22 points as redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) added 17 points and sophomore forward Luis Santos (Bronx, N.Y.) registered a career-high 16 points. Thorpe is averaging 20 points per game over the last five contests for USF. The Opponent Tulsa has lost six straight games, including an 80-60 defeat against No. 18 Cincinnati (2/18). The losing skid has moved the Golden Hurricane into seventh in the conference standings. Tulsa was projected to finish ninth in The American’s preseason coaches’ poll. On the stat sheet, Tulsa leads the American in free throw percentage (.725). Junior Etou ranks first on the team in points (12.6) and rebounds (7.0) per game. The Golden Hurricane have won all four meetings in the series with USF. The teams last met in the Sun Dome on Jan. 17. Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) recorded a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Notables The Bulls are shooting 36 percent on three-pointers, fifth-best in The American. USF is third in conference play with 11.3 offensive rebounds per game. Guard Geno Thorpe ranks first in The American in free throw percentage (.862), fourth in assists per game (4.4), fifth in steals per game (1.5), and eighth in scoring (14.7). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 111 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. He needs two more blocks to pass Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (2009-13) for sixth place at USF. The Bulls have used 14 different starting lineups this season, fifth most in Division 1 men’s basketball. (Chicago State and Evansville, 16). This season, USF is one of four NCAA Division I teams with no seniors on its roster. The other three are Bradley, Penn State and UT-Rio Grande Valley. The Bulls are participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three Point Challenge throughout February. Learn more/donate HERE. The next USF Basketball Radio Show will be on Monday, Feb. 27 from World of Beer on Fowler Ave. Join interim head coach Murry Bartow and the voice of the Bulls, Jim Lighthall, for the one-hour show starting at 7 p.m. Listen live on 820-AM or online at GoUSFBulls.com.
  8. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2mgmjoC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook USF Faces Tulsa in Last Regular Season Road Game TAMPA, FEB. 24, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team will play in its final regular season road game Saturday when it takes on Tulsa for the second time this season. The Bulls can clinch at least a No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament with a win at Reynolds Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. The USF IMG Sports Network radio broadcast can be heard on AM 820, featuring Mike Lefko. Hurricane Vision will also stream the contest. USF (21-6, 10-4 The American) is coming off a strong bounce back road win at Houston Tuesday. The Bulls downed the Cougars 79-50, notching their 10thconference win of the season. USF shot 46 percent, its best performance in the past four games, and scored 40 points in the paint, which is the second most points scored in the paint in league action. Senior Ariadna Pujol (Mataro, Spain) led the way with a team-high 24 points and 14 rebounds while Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) notched her 12th 20-point performance with 24 points. Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) came close to what could have been the program’s second triple-double in the Bulls’ 45-year history. Flores turned in 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Laksa paces the team with 19.2 points per game and 82 three-pointers, which ranks in the top-20 nationally. Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) averages 15.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while Flores’ 6.1 assists per game also ranks in the top 20. Flores continues to rank among the nation’s best point guards with a 2.96 assist-turnover ratio. The Opponent USF and Tulsa will face each other for the second time this season and for just the fourth time in program history. The 2016-17 season marks the first time the pair will play a home-and-home. The Bulls are a perfect 3-0 against the Golden Hurricane. After almost a week off, Tulsa (8-19, 4-10 The American) returns to Oklahoma after a 62-41 setback at SMU Saturday. The Golden Hurricane were held without a single player in double-figure scoring. Tulsa looks to reverse a five-game losing streak. Notables Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.), a three-time American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week, has tallied 10 rebounds four times in the last five games. Henshaw is second in the league with a conference field goal percentage of .636. Flores’ nine assists at Houston pulled within nine assists of the no. two spot in the USF single season record books with 166 assists this season. Anedra Gilmore holds the record with 190 assists and is tied with Shantia Grace for second with 175 assists in a single season. USF’s 43.3 rebounds per game leads the league and ranks 15th nationally. The Bulls’ +9.9-rebounding margin also leads The American. The Bulls average 72.0 points per game and a +12.7-scoring margin which both rank second in the league. The Bulls close out the conference slate with a grueling 4 games across nine days. The Bulls have totaled 12 wins by 16 or more points, including five against conference opponents. Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat. USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.
  9. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lAN9oA Box Score: http://bit.ly/2lLDEoo Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Short-handed Bulls Fight Back but Fall Late at Tulsa Junior guard Geno Thorpe posts game-high 24 points, five assists and five steals TULSA, Okla., FEB. 23, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team (7-20, 1-15 The American) surged back from an early 14 point deficit to tie Tulsa in the second half but the Golden Hurricane pulled away late to defeat the Bulls 82-68 on Thursday night. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) compiled a game-high 24 points, one shy of his career best. He also added five assists and a career-high five steals against Tulsa (13-14, 7-8). Facing foul trouble throughout the night and missing both Michael Bibby (Phoenix) and forward Bo Zeigler (Detroit) due to injury, USF found themselves in an early 15-1 deficit. Trailing 24-10, the Bulls went on a 15-7 run, capped by a Ruben Guerrero drive and dunk from the top of the arc. The Spainard’s slam pulled USF within six, 31-25. After another Tulsa run, the Bulls would lower the deficit back to five, 39-34, entering halftime. Despite playing the final 13:13 with two fouls, Thorpe registered a game-high 13 points in the opening stanza. Out of the break, the Bulls tied Tulsa at 47 on a Geno Thorpe 3 and again at 49 following a Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) jumper with 14:39 to go in regulation. The Golden Hurricane then posted the next nine consecutive points to put USF in a bigger hole. The Bulls would only get as close as four points at the 6:56 junction as Tulsa held on for the victory. Key Stat The Bulls committed 25 fouls in the game. Tulsa, who leads the conference in free throw shooting percentage, went 24-for-32 at the line including 17-for-20 in the second half. Quotable Interim head coach Murry Bartow’s on the Bulls’ effort and the difference: “The guys fought hard and competed hard but you can’t spot (Tulsa) a 15-1 lead.” Coach Bartow on the comeback from 14 points down to tie the game: “There were a lot of positives…great energy and competitive spirit. We just made some mistakes the last 7-8 minutes that hurt us.” Notables Thorpe netted 20+ points for the sixth time this season and fourth in the last six games. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) totaled 10 points, all in the second half. The team’s 12 steals tied a season-high (at Troy, 12/1). USF shot 41 percent (24-for-59) and 75 percent (12-for-16) from the free throw line. Holston dished four assists, one shy of his career best (at Temple, 2/5). Freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) added nine points and seven rebounds. Guerrero finished with seven points, five rebounds and two blocks. He now has 113 career blocks, surpassing Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (112) for sixth most blocks in program history. On Thursday, USF made eight, three-pointers, giving the team 41 this month. The Bulls are participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three Point Challenge throughout February. Learn more/donate HERE. Up Next The Bulls return home to host UCF in a War on I-4 meeting on March 2 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets HERE.
  10. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: bit.ly/ 2le0EcD Bulls Welcome Redhawks for a Four-Game Weekend Series Matchup: USF (3-1) vs. Miami (Ohio) (0-3) Dates: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 24-26, 2017 Times: 6:30 p.m., 2 p.m. (DH), 1 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | USF Baseball Stadium (3,211) Follow: Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 23, 2017 – Fresh off its win over No. 3 Florida State, the University of South Florida baseball team returns home for 17 straight games, starting with a four-game series against Miami (Ohio) beginning Friday night. The Bulls (3-1) earned their first victory over the Seminoles since 1989 on Tuesday in Tallahassee and did so in dramatic fashion. Down, 2-0, in the ninth inning, the patient Bulls worked three walks, were the beneficiaries of a passed ball, a sac fly and a timely hit with two outs to strike four times in the frame. USF used six different arms that combined to throw a one-hitter against an FSU squad that had plated 23 runs in the previous two games. Scouting Report – Miami (Ohio) The Redhawks (0-3) began their season on the road at Arkansas and dropped all three weekend contests while being outscored, 23-2. Though the pitching struggled as a whole, senior Brad Schwartz tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief and recorded five strikeouts. The bats struggled against the Razorbacks as well, but freshman catcher Cal Elvers impressed with a 4-for-8 opening series that included a double and one of the team’s two RBI. Freshman infielder Landon Stephens was strong in his debut weekend with a 3-for-9 (.333) series and a run scored. Redshirt junior first baseman Ross Haffey was the only other Redhawk to hit better than .200, as he went 3-for-12 with a home run. Haffey led his team last season with a .355 average, 39 runs scored, 20 doubles and 48 RBI. Notables · USF was recognized as the D1Baseball Team of the Day following Tuesday’s 4-2 win at No. 3 Florida State. · Redshirt senior Ryan Valdes (Tampa, Fla.) pitched 3.0 innings in his first start since 2015, allowing just one hit against the Noles. · The freshman trio of relievers Noah Yager (Davie, Fla.), Carson Ragsdale (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) were lights out in their collegiate debuts, combining to toss 4.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts apiece. · Along with senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) and sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando, Fla.), the six arms used Tuesday combined to throw USF’s first one-hitter since March 27 of last season. · The 3-1 mark is USF’s best four-game start since the 2014 season when they began the year 6-0.
  11. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/ 2lliP2q BULLS SCORE FOUR IN THE NINTH TO STUN FSU TUESDAY Arms allow just one hit and bullpen pitches seven scoreless innings TALLAHASSEE, FEB. 21, 2017 – Trailing, 2-0, in the ninth inning the University of South Florida baseball team recorded four runs on just two hits, as the pitchers combined to produce a one-hitter in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over No. 3 Florida State. The Noles (2-2) struck early with a two-out RBI double down the right field line from Rhett Aplin in the first. The Bulls (3-1) threatened in the second with two-straight singles to put runners on the corners, but to no avail. Andrew Karp settled in to retire 18 straight before being taken out in the eighth. The USF bullpen matched Karp’s efforts with 15-straight outs from three different arms. Following the first frame, the Bulls did not get another base runner until the top of the ninth, as Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) walked to lead off. FSU got the next out, but the Bulls showed great patience earning three-consecutive walks to get their first tally. Then a passed ball allowed Coco Montes (Miami, Fla.) to score, tying the game with just one out. Two batters later, sophomore Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) flew out to deep right field, allowing senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) to tag and score. After the Seminoles brought in their fourth pitcher of the frame, sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) singled through the right side bringing classmate Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) in to make it a 4-2 lead. Fellow sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando, Fla.) shut the door on the Noles in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning and two strikeouts. Key Stats Villar had two of the team’s four hits (2-for-4) with a RBI. Dietrich went 1-for-3 with a RBI and Montes went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Redshirt senior Ryan Valdes (Tampa, Fla.) pitched 3.0 innings in his first start since 2015, allowing the lone FSU hit in the first innings. The freshman trio of relievers Noah Yager (Davie, Fla.), Carson Ragsdale (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) tossed 4.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts apiece. Notables The Bulls defeated the Seminoles for the first time since 1989, ending a 15-game losing streak. USF won its 17th game against the Noles with the victory. The win marks the first for USF over a top-five team since it defeated then No. 2 Florida on April 24, 2012 (5-3). The combined one-hitter from Valdes, Yager, Ragsdale, Sullivan, senior Mark Savarese (Palm City, Fla.) and Perez is just the second for the Bulls over the last two seasons. Up Next USF will return home for 17-straight games and the first of a four-game, three-day series against Miami (Ohio) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Fans can purchase season tickets, flex plans and single-game tickets at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  12. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link:http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=211490257 Bulls Collide With Florida State In Tallahassee Tuesday Matchup: USF (2-1) @ FSU (2-1) Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: Tallahassee, Fla. | **** Howser Stadium (6,700) Watch: ACC Network Extra / Watch ESPN Follow: Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 21, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team takes to the road for the first time this season when it travels up to second-ranked Florida State University for a 4:00 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday. The Bulls (2-1) are coming off a season-opening series win against Iowa over the weekend. USF outscored the Hawkeyes, 17-8, in three games, saw seven position players hit .300 or better and nine pitchers combine for 39 strikeouts. The Bulls erupted for nine eighth-inning runs in a 9-4 season-opening victory on Friday night, then followed a 4-2 setback with an impressive 6-0 win Sunday afternoon. The Opponent The Seminoles (2-1) dropped their season opener at home to VCU on Friday, 3-0, but responded with a pair of decisive triumphs, outscoring the Rams, 23-6, on Saturday and Sunday. Freshman infielder Nick Derr went 5-for-8 over the weekend with three runs scored and a double, as he’s hitting a team-best .625 heading into Tuesday. Fellow freshman JC Flowers hit .444 with three runs and two RBI, sophomore outfielder Jackson Lueck hit .417 (5-12) with a run and three RBI and junior infielder Taylor Walls hit .400 with four runs scored, three doubles and a team-high six RBI. Notables · Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll following his productive weekend in which he hit a team-best .429, drove in six runs and team-best .429 (6-for-14) with a conference-leading six RBIs. He also tallied a run scored, a double, and a triple. · Junior shortstop Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) went 4-for-10 over the first two games of the weekend before walking four times on Sunday, one walk shy of tying the program record set in 2000. · Redshirt-freshman hurler Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) made his long-awaited debut on Saturday and tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of one-hit baseball while striking out nine batters.
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2kKare9 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Pujol's Career Night Powers Bulls Past Houston HOUSTON, TEXAS, FEB. 21, 2017 – Ariadna Pujol scored 24 points and the University of South Florida used a 24-point third quarter to pull away from Houston 79-50 Friday night at Hofheinz Pavilion. Pujol (Mataro, Spain) was two points shy of her career high 26 points but set a new career high with 14 rebounds. It is the senior’s third career double-double and the second-consecutive game with at least 10 rebounds. Pujol shot 53 percent from the floor (10-of-19) and added one assist and one steal in 37 minutes. Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) added 24 points and Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) chipped in 12 points and six rebounds. Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) flirted with what could have been the program’s second triple-double in the Bulls’ 45-year history. Flores turned in 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) notched 10 rebounds for the Bulls (21-6, 10-4), who outrebounded Houston 51-34 snapping a two-game losing streak. Serithia Hawksins scored 16 points to go with 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars (10-17, 3-11). Key Stat 51 – The Bulls tallied 51 rebounds and outrebounded their opponent for the 22nd time this season. 40 – USF scored 40 points in the paint to Houston’s 19. Notables Henshaw has tallied 10 rebounds in four of her past five outings. USF will close out its season with four games in nine days. Up Next USF will travel to Tulsa Saturday for its last road game of the year. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2kNLQjY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Bulls’ Comeback Falls Short to No. 25 Temple TAMPA, FEB. 19, 2017 – A flurry of scoring in the fourth quarter was not enough for the No 22 University of South Florida women’s basketball team Sunday. The Bulls lost 77-71 to No. 25 Temple at Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls (20-6, 9-4 The American) took a three-point lead with less than three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 13-point deficit at halftime. USF outscored Temple 45-38 in the second half, powered by 18 points from Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark). Jespersen finished with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) added her own double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) tallied 14 points, 12 in the second half. USF started slow, with just eight field goals in the first half, shooting 24 percent (8-for-33). Laksa rattled off six points at the start of the third quarter, and with the Bulls’ first three pointer of the game, by Jespersen, USF cut the deficit to seven points. The Bulls remained within single digits the rest of the game. Jespersen gave USF its first lead in the fourth quarter with 4:57 to play and then again with 2:46 left on the clock when the junior drew a foul for a traditional three-point play. The Bulls led 67-64, but the Owls ended the contest on a 13-4 run. Temple (21-5, 11-2 The American) secured a second place standing in the league, and had four players in double figures. Feyonda Fitzgerald finished with 23 points while Donnaizha Fountain added 22. Quotables Head coach Jose Fernandez on his team’s effort: “Up three and we don’t get a defensive stop. It was a long three from the left wing and we didn’t block out and that’s what it comes down to. We weren’t ourselves. The ball was not going in, and we didn’t do those other things. When the ball isn’t going you, you can always defend. And I don’t think we did that.” Key Stat 20 – Temple scored 20 points off of 12 USF turnovers. 4 – USF only connected on four of 17 three-point attempts and were held, for the first time this season, without a single three-pointer in the first half. Notables Jespersen tallied her ninth double-double this season, and matched her career-high 26 points for the fourth time. It was the seventh straight contest Jespersen turned in at least 13 points. Henshaw’s double-double was her fourth. It was also the third time in the last four games the freshman has grabbed 10 rebounds. The Bulls lost back-to-back conference games for the first time since playing in the Big East (2012-13). USF will close out its season with four games in nine days. Up Next USF will play its second game in three days for the second time in as many weeks Tuesday. The Bulls will travel to Houston for a 7 p.m. match-up at Hofheinz Pavilion.
  15. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2mfrWzF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Bulls Travel to Houston for Midweek Match-up TAMPA, FEB. 20, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team will play its second game in two days Tuesday in a midweek conference tilt at Houston. The Bulls are looking to reverse a two-game skid at 8 p.m. ET in Hofheinz Pavilion. The match-up will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Fran Harris (play-by-play) and Steffi Sorensen (analyst) on the call. The USF IMG Sports Network radio broadcast can be heard on AM 820, featuring Mike Lefko. USF (20-6, 9-4 The American) plays in its first road game since Feb. 8 and is 6-2 on the road this season. The Bulls suffered a 77-71 setback on Sunday, but was led by junior Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) with a career high 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was Jespersen’s ninth double-double this season and the fourth time she has matched her career high 26 points. The forward continues to lead the Bulls with 9.2 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 15.6 points. Sophomore Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) continues to pace the Bulls with 19.0 points per game and has a team leading 78 three-pointers. The sophomore has a season total of 494 points which ties Tammy Van Oppen (’94) as the 15th most points scored in a single season. Laksa’s 494 is the fourth most scored by a sophomore in a single season. Ariadna Pujol (Mataro, Spain) is contributing 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and leads the team with 34 steals. Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) guides the team with 157 assists in 26 games (6.0 per game). The junior’s 3.02 assist-turnover ratio ranks in the top-10 nationally. The Opponent USF and Houston will meet for the first time this season and the 18th time in program history. The Bulls hold a 11-6 series advantage and are 7-3 in Houston. USF has won the past four meetings. Houston (10-16, 3-10 The American) returns to action after six days of rest. The Cougars defeated Tulsa on the road last Wednesday (Feb. 15), 65-62. Jacqueline Blake led the Red and White with 22 points, well above her season average of 6.6 points per game. Freshman Jasmyne Harris leads the Cougars through 26 games with 11.2 points per game. Notables Henshaw, a three-time American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week, has tallied 10 rebounds three times in the last four games. Flores’ four assists against Temple pushed her to fourth place in the USF single season record books with 157 assists this season. Andrea Gilmore holds the record with 190 assists and is tied with Shantia Grace for second with 175 assists in a single season. USF’s 43.0 rebounds per game leads the league and its +9.6-rebounding margin ranks second. The Bulls average 71.7 points per game and a +12.1-scoring margin which rank second in the league. The Bulls have not lost three consecutive games since December 2013 and have not dropped three consecutive conference games since February 2011. USF will play its second game in three days for the second time in as many weeks Tuesday. The Bulls close out the conference slate with a grueling 5 games across nine days. The Bulls have totaled 11 wins by 16 or more points, including four against conference opponents. Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat. The Bulls are currently ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll. USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.
  16. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2kWJnoj Box Score: http://bit.ly/2lxh3vU Early Runs, Strong Pitching Earns USF a Series Win Strzelecki throws 5.0 scoreless innings; Luke Borders posts three hits and three RBIs TAMPA, FEB. 19, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team (2-1) scored three, first inning runs and received 5.0 scoreless innings from starting pitcher Peter Strzelecki in a 6-0 series-clinching victory over Iowa (1-2) on Sunday afternoon. The Bulls leapt ahead of the Hawkeyes when senior designated hitter Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) plated two runs with a double down the right field line. ater in the inning, first baseman Anthony Gonnella (Riverview, Fla.) brought home Borders on a single to right field, putting Iowa in a 3-0 deficit. USF added to the advantage in the second inning when infielder Coco Montes (Miami) hit a solo home run to center field. Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) maintained the 4-0 edge by retiring the first eight batters he faced. In his first start following an injured 2016 season, the redshirt junior yielded just one hit in 5.0 scoreless innings. He also struck out six Hawkeye batters. Following Strzelecki’s outing, USF utilized four more scoreless innings from the bullpen plus an added run in the sixth and eighth innings to post the 6-0 win. Key Stat • Designated hitter Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Quotables Head coach Mark Kingston on Strzelecki and the pitching staff shutting out Iowa: “Our pitchers did exactly what we needed them to do today. It started with Pete, he had good command, his pitches had good life on them and he was tough to hit. The big thing was he had great poise in his first Division I start.” Notables • Infielder Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) walked four times in the contest, one shy of matching the program record (Johnny Raburn, 2/8/00). • Gonnella recorded his first career hit and RBI in the opening inning. • Montes hit his first home run of the season (third career). • Pitchers Joe Cavallaro (2.0), Mark Savarese (1.0), and Andrew Perez (1.0) threw the final 4.0 innings. • Outfielder Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) also had two hits and a run scored. Up Next USF will visit No. 5 Florida State on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Bulls return home to begin a four-game, three-day series with Miami (Ohio) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Fans can purchase season tickets, flex plans and single-game tickets at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  17. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2kJoFXW FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 18, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Top-25 Showdown in Bulls’ Play4Kay Game TAMPA, FEB. 18, 2017 – The No. 22 University of South Florida women’s basketball team squares off against No. 25 Temple Sunday at Sun Dome Arena. In a crucial contest in American Athletic Conference standings, both teams could all but clinch the no. two seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. The match-up will be broadcast on ESPN2, with Tiffany Greene (play-by-play) and Fran Harris (analyst) on the call. The USF IMG Sports Network radio broadcast can be heard on AM 1040, featuring Mike Lefko and Brigid Merenda. In its third game in seven days, USF (20-5, 9-3 The American) looks to rebound from a 66-62 setback to UCF on Tuesday. The Bulls were edged on the boards 39-36, marking only the fourth time this season the Bulls have been outrebounded. Led by Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark), the Bulls had four players in double-figures. The junior captain turned in 18 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Jespersen has shined in conference action, averaging 17.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) continues to pace the Bulls with 19.2 points per game and has a team leading 76 three-pointers, which ranks 21st in NCAA Division I. Ariadna Pujol (Mataro, Spain) is contributing 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) guides the team with 153 assists in 25 games (6.1 per game). The junior’s 3.06 assist-turnover ratio ranks seventh nationally. Promotions Play4Kay Sunday is the Bulls annual Play4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness event. USF will debut brand new pink uniforms and will wear special shooting shirts in warm-ups. The Play4Kay shooting shirts will also be available for sale ($20) at Gate A. In an effort to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, there will also be a silent auction at Gate A. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Numerous sports, groups and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers — and have made a lasting impact that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. For more information, click HERE. The Opponent USF and Temple will meet for the second time this season and the tenth time in program history. The Bulls hold a 8-1 series advantage and have never lost in Tampa (3-0). Earlier this season, USF held off a late comeback by the Owls in a 55-51 victory in Philadelphia on Jan. 29. The Bulls snapped Temple’s 12-game win streak and handed the Owls their first conference loss of the season. Freshman Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) turned in a stellar performance in the paint, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The forward shot 62 percent from the floor. Laksa led the Bulls with 16 points, while Jespersen just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Temple (20-5, 10-2 The American) is riding a four-game win streak and coming off a 66-52 victory over SMU Wednesday. The Owls were picked second in The American preseason poll and are currently in sole possession of second place. Temple is led by Feyonda Fitzgerald with 16.7 points and 7.3 assists per game. The Owls average 70.7 points per game, which is the league’s third most potent offense. Notables The Bulls have not lost back-to-back conference games in the history of The American. The last time USF lost back-to-back conference games was in the Big East Conference in the 2012-13 season when it suffered setbacks to Rutgers and UConn. USF will face a ranked opponent for the third time this season and is looking for its first win. USF’s 42.7 rebounds per game leads the league and its +9.3 rebounding margin ranks second. The Bulls average 71.7 points per game and a +12.8 scoring margin which rank second in the league. The Bulls have totaled 11 wins by 16 or more points, including four against conference opponents. Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat. The Bulls are currently ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll. USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.
  18. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2kxJF8Y Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Ready for Rematch at Tulane Junior Geno Thorpe is averaging 19 points per game over the last three contests Matchup: USF (7-18, 1-13) @ Tulane (4-21, 1-12) Date: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 Time: 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) Location: New Orleans, La. | Devlin Fieldhouse (4,100) Watch: ESPNEWS (Wayne Randazzo, Stephen Howard) Radio: 820 AM, Sirius 81 (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 14, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball returns to the road on Saturday for an afternoon game at Tulane. The Bulls were recently defeated, 68-54, by No. 18 Cincinnati on Wednesday. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) tallied a game-high 19 points in the contest. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds for USF. Thorpe is averaging 19 points per game over the last three contests. He has recorded 17 double-figure point games this season. The Opponent Tulane (4-21, 1-12 The American) was defeated in its last game, 80-75, at No. 19 SMU. The Green Wave were up, 42-27, at the half until the Mustangs rallied in the second half to secure the win. Redshirt junior guard Cameron Reynolds posted a team-high 26 points in the loss. TU is currently in 10th place in The American's conference standings. The Green Wave were projected to finish last. Tulane's defense yields a league-high 79.8 points per game. Reynolds leads the team in points per game (16.2) and rebounds per game (6.7). Tulane leads the all-time series 19-13, including a 10-5 edge in New Orleans. The Bulls will look to even up the season series following a home loss to Tulane (1/11). Notables The Bulls are shooting 36 percent on three-pointers, third-best in The American. USF is fifth in conference play in steals per game (5.8). Under Coach Bartow’s guidance, the Bulls are averaging seven made three-pointers per game, up from five. USF is also making free throws at a 68 percent clip, a four percent jump. The team is averaging 12.8 assists per game after Bartow became the team’s interim head coach. Guard Geno Thorpe has averaged 19.3 points per game since returning from an injury on Feb. 5. Thorpe ranks first in The American in free throw percentage (.871), third in assists per game (4.5), sixth in steals per game (1.5), and eighth in scoring (14.4). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 111 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. He needs two more blocks to pass Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (2009-13) for sixth place at USF. The Bulls have used 14 different starting lineups this season, third most in Division 1 men’s basketball. (Chicago State and Evansville, 16). This year, USF is one of four NCAA Division I teams with no seniors on its roster. The other three are Bradley, Penn State and UT-Rio Grande Valley. The next USF Basketball Radio Show will be on Monday, Feb. 20 from World of Beer on Fowler Ave. Join interim head coach Murry Bartow and the voice of the Bulls, Jim Lighthall, for the one-hour show starting at 7 p.m. Listen live on 820-AM or online at GoUSFBulls.com.
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lsJg70 Box Score: http://bit.ly/2lYGtjM Santos Has Career Day in Road Loss The sophomore posted 16 points off the bench, going 7-for-7 from the floor NEW ORLEANS, FEB. 18, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team (7-19, 1-14) lost 94-71 at Tulane (5-21, 2-12) on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore forward Luis Santos (Bronx, N.Y.) shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor, setting a new career high with 16 points, all off the bench. The Bulls faced an early deficit at Devlin Fieldhouse but redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) kept USF close by scoring the team’s first eight points. Leading 12-10, Tulane then tallied a dozen consecutive points to establish a double-digit advantage and head into halftime with a 44-26 edge. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) who was mired in first half foul trouble, helped USF lower the difference to 12 points with 6:41 remaining. He scored 19 of his team-high 22 points after halftime but Tulane extended the lead late to hold on for the win. Key Stat • The Green Wave made 12 three-pointers, including seven in the first half. Quotable Interim head coach Murry Bartow on the game: “It’s frustrating. It is a game of shooting percentages and usually the team that shoots better wins. They shot 66 percent…a lot better than we did.” Bartow on Santos’ performance: “Luis gave heart and soul. He has a mean streak in him when he is on the court. He was fantastic.” Notables • Thorpe notched his fifth, 20+ point game of the season. It was also his third game of 20 or more points in the last five games. • Da Silva finished one point shy of matching his career high (18, twice) • Santos tallied his sixth game of 10+ points this season. • On Saturday, USF made three, three-pointers, giving the team 33 this month. The Bulls are participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three Point Challenge throughout February. Learn more/donate HERE. Up Next The Bulls play at Tulsa on Thursday night at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT).
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lSJUeZ Box Score: http://bit.ly/2lX2zmQ Bulls Offense Comes Alive In Eighth Inning to Down Iowa Nine-run eighth inning propels USF to Opening Day win TAMPA, FEB. 17, 2017 – Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the University of South Florida baseball team erupted for nine runs in the frame to earn a season-opening 9-4 victory over Iowa Friday night. The Bulls (1-0) were led by two hits apiece from junior shortstop Kevin Merrell (Odessa), sophomore outfielder Chris Chatfield (Riverview) and senior designated hitter Luke Borders (Winter Haven). The Hawkeyes drew first blood with a run in the first, then added to the lead with runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings. Starter Nick Gallagher had gone 7.0 innings, allowing six hits and one earned run before being taken out after a leadoff walk in the eighth inning. Zach Daniels was called upon in relief and the Bulls made him pay with three hits and four runs, including the go-ahead, two-run double from sophomore outfielder Cameron Montgomery(Windermere). Josh Martsching relieved Daniels after two outs, but USF kept the hits coming with four more base knocks. Fellow sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando) closed the door on Iowa in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning. Key Stats 1 – Freshman D.J. Roberts (Jacksonville) picked up his first-career win in his collegiate debut. 8 – Senior ace Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville) struck out eight batters in 5.0 innings of work. 13 – The Bulls tallied 13 hits in the win. Quotables Head coach Mark Kingston on his team’s explosive eighth inning and comeback win: “We put a lot of balls in play all game long, stuck with it and things finally turned for us in that eighth. Give credit to their starting pitcher, he was effective and we were trying to be aggressive, but we didn’t strike out a whole lot which was big for us later on. It’s just one game, but it was a good first game for us and builds confidence going forward.” Sophomore Cameron Montgomery on his go-ahead double and the eighth inning: “I think summer ball really helped in my ability and I’m a much more confident player at the plate this year. That eighth was one of the best innings I’ve ever been a part of and when everyone is enjoying the game like that, it’s great.” Notables The Bulls earn an Opening Day win for the third time in the last four years. USF is now 3-0 against Iowa all-time. Eight USF players recorded hits in the win. Sophomore infielder Coco Montes (Miami) tallied three hits. Merrell finished with a pair of hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Chatfield also registered two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Borders posted two hits and a pair of RBIs. Up Next The Bulls will play the middle game of the series against the Hawkeyes on Saturday afternoon. With inclement weather in the forecast, first pitch has been moved to noon at USF Baseball Stadium. Fans can purchase season tickets, flex plans and single-game tickets at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  21. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2lDyKuk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook No. 22 Bulls Host UCF In War on I-4 TAMPA, FEB. 13, 2017 – T The No. 22 University of South Florida women’s basketball team will play its second game in three days Tuesday when it hosts in-state rival UCF at 7 p.m. The Valentine’s Day match-up will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Drew Fellios (play-by-play) and Steffi Sorensen (analyst) on the call. The USF IMG Sports Network radio broadcast can be heard on AM 820, featuring Mike Lefko and Brigid Merenda. USF (20-4, 9-2 The American) tallied its fifth consecutive 20-win season Sunday in a 66-56 victory over Tulane. The Bulls were led by The American Player of the Week Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) who registered 21 points. Four Bulls poured in double-figure scores. Promotions Valentine’s Day Fans can bring their date to Gate A and receive a carnation, while supplies last. USF Athletics will also give out USF Window Clings to the first 1,000 fans. War on I-4 The UCF and USF athletic departments have announced the official establishment of the War On I-4 rivalry series, which officially began Sept. 21, 2016 with a competition between the two schools’ volleyball programs. The War on I-4 represents a long-standing and passionate rivalry between the fan bases of two of the nation’s largest and fastest growing universities. The Orlando and Tampa Bay metropolitan areas are connected by 100 short miles of Interstate 4 (I-4). Fans will be able to take pictures with the War on I-4 trophy at Gate A. The Opponent USF and UCF will meet for the second time this season and the 34th time in program history. The Bulls hold a 25-8 series advantage. USF is undefeated against the Knights since Dec. 10, 1980 and carry a 19-game win streak into Tuesday’s contest. USF has never lost a home game to its I-4 rival. UCF (15-9, 5-6 The American) is on a two-game win streak with victories over Houston and Tulsa. The Knights are under new direction, led by first year head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. UCF is averaging 64 points and 40 rebounds per game and have the league’s best rebounding defense, limiting opponents to 30 rebounds per game. Notables • With just one meeting on the schedule this season, the winner of Tuesday's game between the Knights and the Bulls will earn all six points towards the overall department score. UCF currently holds an 18-15 edge in the series. • USF’s +9.8 rebounding margin leads The American, and their 72.1 points per game leads the league. • The Bulls have totaled 11 wins by 16 or more points, including four against conference opponents. • Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat. • The Bulls are currently ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll. • USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.
  22. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lYvC8F Bigger, Better Bulls Set for 2017 Season Opener USF hosts Iowa this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday OPENING SERIES OPPONENT: Iowa (30-26 in 2016) SERIES SCHEDULE: 6:30 p.m. Friday; 6:30 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday LOCATION: USF Baseball Stadium, Tampa TWITTER UPDATES: @USFBaseball PURCHASE TICKETS LIVE STATS By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, FEB. 16, 2017 – USF baseball got better in all aspects of the game this offseason and the motivated Bulls finally get to prove it this weekend. USF opens the 2017 season with a three-game home series against Iowa that begins 6:30 p.m. Friday at Red McEwen Field. Saturday's game is set for 6:30 p.m. and the series finale begins Sunday at noon. “I’m just anxious to see the improvement of our players from this fall and from last year,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “We have a big group of players that have made good strides. I’m anxious to see how that looks in real game situations.” Bulls brimming with potential include much of USF’s 2016 signing class that ranked in the top 10 nationally. Plagued with injuries throughout last season, USF was forced to play seven freshmen in the lineup at times. “Those kids are starting to grow up. A lot of them were thrown into the fire last year,” Kingston said. “Most of the time they were just trying to keep their heads above water. This is such a high level of baseball, such a big jump from high school to play at an elite, Division-I level.” After gaining valuable experience, many young Bulls took their game to another level during the summer. Catcher Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) was named Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Year. Left-hander Garrett Bye (Riverview, Fla.) combined efforts with Genord to help the Amsterdam Mohawks win the PGCBL Championship. Take a look back at USF’s summer ball recap HERE. “They’re a little bigger, they’re a little stronger, they’re a little smarter and they’re a little faster,” said Kingston of his team. “I’m encouraged by our progress so far.” Starting Rotation Senior right-hander Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville) returns to USF’s Friday night starting role after going 5-5 last season with a 4.15 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 95.1 innings. “We think Phoenix can take that next step. He had a solid year last year, but we think he can be better,” Kingston said. “I think we’ll have a good defense behind him and I think we’ll score some more runs. I think what will happen is we won’t have to ask him to do so much, whether it’s number of innings, number of pitches. We’ll be able to manage his workload better, so I think that will set him up to have much more long-term success over the course of the season.” Freshman left-hander Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) will get the ball on Saturday night. The 2015 all-state selection finished his stellar high school career with a career record of 29-7, a 1.02 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 123 innings. McClanahan redshirted last season while recovering from an injury. “He’s as talented as anyone in the country,” Kingston said. “His fastball is up to 96, 97 and will sit 92-94. He’s a supreme talent and has a chance to be a very high draft pick in a couple years.” Junior right-hander Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) will make his USF debut as the Sunday starter after posting 33 strikeouts in 28 innings for Palm Beach State College in 2015. Like McClanahan, Strzelecki had to redshirt last season because of an injury. “We’re anxious to see him against outside competition. He’s a talented kid, but he’s unproven at this level,” Kingston said. “He’s pitched well this spring for us in intersquad games. He’ll be a guy that’s 89-91 with good off-speed pitches. It’s just a matter of getting him back out there.” Redshirt senior right-hander Ryan Valdes (Tampa) has been tabbed as USF’s Tuesday night starter after missing the majority of last season with an injury. As a junior in 2015, the former Alonso High School standout went 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 11 starts after playing two seasons at State College of Florida. “We will be closely monitoring his pitch counts early on,” Kingston said. “But as we know from two years ago, he was a weekend starter for an NCAA Regional team.” Notables - Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) moves over from second to take on USF’s starting role at shortstop. Sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) will take Merrell’s spot at second. “Past that, our fans will see a lot of familiar faces, but hopefully better versions of what they saw last year,” Kingston said. “Our outfield has gotten better and made good strides. Our infield group looks better defensively and swinging the bat.” - Kingston said a big key to the season will be the catching situation with senior Levi Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) still not available. Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.), Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.), Andres Leal (Tampa) and Jordan Santos (Tampa) all have gotten reps behind the plate in scrimmages this spring. “At this point, we’ll probably start with Genord and Dietrich getting the reps,” Kingston said. “Genord will also be at first base some. I think all those guys, at some point, will have an opportunity to get a look.” - USF’s pitching staff has totaled 500 or more strikeouts in each of the past two seasons, which is a program record. USF’s 517 strikeouts last season were the second-most in program history. USF’s 1995 team still holds the school record with 546 strikeouts. - USF’s roster features 32 players from the state of Florida and 13 from the Bay Area. USF has four players from Tampa – Nick Cerelli, Andres Leal, Jordan Santos and Ryan Valdes. Know the Opponent - Heading into his 30th season, Iowa's Rick Heller needs eight wins to reach 800 as a head coach. Heller is 101-67 at Iowa and he’s the first coach to lead the Hawkeyes to the postseason in each of his first three seasons. “Rick Heller and I go way back. We used to coach against each other when he was at Indiana State and I was at Illinois State,” Kingston said. “His teams will be well-coached, they will be aggressive. They have a very good pitching staff returning and I think they’re pretty excited about their offense. It will be a great challenge for us.” - Iowa appeared in the Big Ten game last season and won at least 30 games for the third year in a row, a feat last accomplished by the Hawkeyes from 1983-85. - Iowa's weekend rotation: Friday – RHP Nick Gallagher (junior, 2.47 career ERA); Saturday – RHP C.J. Eldred (junior, 3.43 ERA in 2016); Sunday – RHP Shane Ritter (sophomore, 2-1, 3.00 ERA in 2016). - Iowa was picked to finish in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll. - USF has a 2-0 lead in its all-time series with Iowa. The Bulls defeated the Hawkeyes, 11-0 and 10-8, way back in the 1991 season. Purchase Tickets Fans can purchase season tickets, flex plans and single-game tickets at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  23. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lSy9ku Box Score: http://bit.ly/2lNgqiw Highlights: http://bit.ly/2kLYaC2 Bulls Fall to No. 18 Cincinnati Junior guard Geno Thorpe posted 19 points and four assists in the loss TAMPA, FEB. 15, 2017 – Despite a game-high 19 points from junior Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh), the University of South Florida men’s basketball team (7-18, 1-13 The American) was defeated 68-54 by No. 18 Cincinnati (23-3, 12-1) on Wednesday night. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) also grabbed 11 rebounds for USF. The Bulls trailed early but a three from sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) evened up the score at five. UC responded with a 7-0 surge to regain the advantage. Once again, USF pulled back within two, 16-14, on a Da Silva layup with 8:08 remaining. The Bearcats then tallied nine straight points and held an eight point edge going into halftime. Holston led all Bulls with seven points at the break. UC also began the second half on an 8-0 run to establish a double-digit lead, something they would not relinquish in the road victory. Key Stat • UC started a 10-0 run shortly before halftime. USF was held scoreless for 4:01 in the drought. Quotables Interim head coach Murry Bartow on facing No. 18 Cincinnati: “They are pretty good…I thought we fought hard and competed hard…They made some nice adjustments, especially in the second half, and picked us a part a little bit.” Coach Bartow on the positives he saw: “We outrebounded them by three, boy that’s encouraging. They are one of the best rebounding teams in the country, so that’s pretty encouraging that we outrebounded them. I thought Geno fought hard and competed hard. Da Silva had 11 rebounds, which is good.” Notables • Thorpe recorded his 17th double-figure scoring game this season. He has led USF in scoring in 13 games this year. • Da Silva notched his fourth double-figure rebound game. • Thorpe was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. It was the 11th time this season Thorpe made every free throw he attempted in a game. • On Wednesday, USF made six, three pointers, giving the team 30 this month. The Bulls are participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three Point Challenge throughout February. Learn more/donate HERE. Up Next The Bulls visit Tulane for a Saturday afternoon game. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT).
  24. Annual Spring Game returns to Corbett Stadium for fourth straight season Saturday doubleheader of action with USF Baseball playing at 1 TAMPA, FEB. 14, 2017 – A USF football team that appears in nearly every early preseason Top 25 ranking and returns 16 starters from a bowl game victory over South Carolina, will return to the field for the annual USF Spring Game on Saturday, April 15. For the fourth straight year the Spring Game, which has drawn capacity crowds the past two years, will be played at Corbett Stadium on the USF campus and will be free to the public. The Spring Game will kick off at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the USF/IMG radio network (820 AM in Tampa). A large crowd is expected for the 2017 game and fans are encouraged to bring blankets and utilize seating areas on the grass berms surrounding the playing surface. The football game will be part of a doubleheader of USF Athletics action on campus that day. The Bulls baseball team will take on Cincinnati at 1 p.m. in American Athletic Conference action at Red McEwen Field. A Fan Zone featuring inflatables, music and food will be held prior to the start of the Spring Game. USF will begin spring practice under first-year USF head coach Charlie Strong on March 6 at the Morsani Football Practice Complex. The Bulls will get three practices in before the University’s spring break, which runs March 12-18. USF will return for the final 12 of 15 spring practices starting on March 21. USF Pro Day will also be held on the afternoon of March 21 at the Morsani Practice Complex. Rest of story
  25. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lgbfXm Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Host No. 18/17 Cincinnati on Wednesday Junior Geno Thorpe tallied 22 points, eight assists in USF’s win over ECU on Saturday Matchup: Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1 The American) at USF (7-17, 1-12) Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPNU (Ted Emrich, Malcolm Huckaby) Radio: 820 AM, Sirius 81 (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 14, 2017 – Fresh off the Bulls’ first conference win of the season, the University of South Florida men’s basketball team hosts No. 18/17 Cincinnati on Wednesday night. USF defeated East Carolina, 64-57, in the Sun Dome on Saturday. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) posted 22 points and eight assists to fuel the Bulls’ victory. The win snapped a 12-game losing streak for USF. The Bulls defense played a major role in the win, holding the Pirates scoreless for 7:06 leading into and out of halftime. ECU shot just 27 percent in the opening stanza as the Bulls built a double-digit halftime advantage. It was also the first time this season that the Bulls outscored their opponent in all specialty stats (points in the paint, off turnovers, second chance, fast break, and bench). Promotions The first 1,000 fans at the Sun Dome will receive a free USF hat. In February, the Bulls are also participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three-Point Challenge. For every made three this month, fans have the opportunity to pledge money to help the Bulls fight cancer. Learn more HERE. The Opponent Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1 The American) enters the midweek contest following a 60-51 loss at No. 25 SMU on Sunday. The defeat brought an end to the team's 15-game win streak. The Bearcats are currently second in the conference standings behind SMU. Cincinnati was projected to win The American in the preseason coaches' poll. UC leads the conference in scoring offense (76.0 points per game) and ranks second in scoring defense (61.2). Forward Kyle Washington is recording team-highs of 13.6 points per game and 38 blocks. Forward Gary Clark is pulling in a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game. UC holds the 30-8 lead in the all-time series but six of those losses have come on the road at USF. The Bearcats won the previous meeting this season (1/29). Freshman guard Michael Bibby (Phoenix) netted a career-high 17 points. The Bulls were playing without guard Geno Thorpe (injury). USF will be looking to earn its first win over a ranked opponent since upsetting No. 19 Louisville, 58-51, on the road (2/29/12). Notables The Bulls are shooting 36 percent on three-pointers, third-best in The American. Under Coach Bartow’s guidance, the Bulls are averaging seven made three-pointers per game, up from five. USF is also making free throws at a 68 percent clip, a four percent jump. The team is averaging 13.4 assists per game after Bartow became the team’s interim head coach. Guard Geno Thorpe has averaged 19.3 points per game since returning from an injury on Feb. 5. Thorpe ranks second in The American in free throw percentage (.860), third in assists per game (4.5), fifth in steals per game (1.5), and eighth in scoring (14.2). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 111 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. He needs two more blocks to pass Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (2009-13) for sixth place at USF. The Bulls have used 14 different starting lineups this season, third most in Division 1 men’s basketball. (Chicago State, 16). This year, USF is one of four NCAA Division I teams with no seniors on its roster. The other three are Bradley, Penn State and UT-Rio Grande Valley. The next USF Basketball Radio Show will be on Monday, Feb. 20 from World of Beer on Fowler Ave. Join interim head coach Murry Bartow and the voice of the Bulls, Jim Lighthall, for the one-hour show starting at 7 p.m. Listen live on 820-AM or online at GoUSFBulls.com.