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  1. Not sure the powers to be would swallow their pride or not but who would everyone want out of theses three choices Hire Bartow Bring Back Heath Bring Back Greenberg
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. Florida center John Egbunu will miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL, per the school. Was averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds.
  6. 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.
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2kMlNNu Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Thorpe Named to The American’s Weekly Honor Roll The junior guided USF to the team’s first conference win with 22 points, eight assists TAMPA, FEB. 13, 2017 – University of South Florida guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll on Monday. The junior averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 assists per game in a pair of contests for the Bulls. He tallied a team-best 22 points and game-high eight assists to fuel USF’s first conference win of the season, a 64-57 victory over East Carolina (2/11). Thorpe was 6-of-13 shooting, 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and made 7-of-8 free throws in the win. It was his fourth 20-point game for the Bulls. Thorpe was one assist shy of tying his career-high and three points away from matching his career best. He also totaled a team-high 11 points and three assists at UConn (2/8). This is the first conference recognition for Thorpe this season. It is the fourth time a Bull was recognized on the weekly honor roll this season. The Bulls remain at home to host No. 18/17 Cincinnati on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free USF hat. Purchase tickets HERE.
  8. Started down 8-0 in two minutes. Now 11-2
  9. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lrQ3v9 Box Score: http://bit.ly/2kUYrp0 Bulls Drop Road Contest at UConn USF is back at home to host East Carolina on Saturday at 8 p.m. STORRS, Conn., FEB. 8, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-17, 0-12 The American) was defeated 97-51 at UConn (11-12, 6-5) on Wednesday evening. The Huskies began the game by scoring 17 of the first 18 points, placing the Bulls in an early double-digit hole. USF drew closer with a 21-7 run, cutting the deficit down to six, 31-25, with 1:59 on the clock. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) tallied all eight of his first half points during the stretch. The Huskies then extended the advantage going into halftime with a 40-30 edge. UConn then started the second half strong with 17 consecutive points on their way to the double digit win. Key Stat · UConn made 16 three-pointers in the contest. Quotables Interim head coach Murry Bartow on the game: “We got off to a bad start, but played phenomenal over the last eight minutes (of the first half) and had a lot of momentum…We just had a terrible start to the second half. I give a lot of credit to UConn – they played well and made a lot of threes.” Notables Thorpe finished with 11 points, his 15th double figure game this season. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) posted 10 points, his 21st career game in double figures. On Sunday, USF made seven, three pointers, giving the team 19 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 East Carolina on Feb. 11. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. at the Sun Dome.
  10. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2kcnSnb Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook USF to Hold Annual “Bulls against Cancer” Game on Saturday Bulls will wear special uniforms with a yellow ribbon and Moffitt Cancer Center patch Matchup: East Carolina (11-13, 3-8) at USF (6-17, 0-12 The American) Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 Time: 8 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPNU (Alex Faust, Mark Wise) Radio: 820 AM, Sirius 108, XM 201 (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 10, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball returns home from a two-game road swing to host East Carolina on Saturday night. USF will be holding its annual “Bulls Against Cancer” game in conjunction with Moffitt Cancer Center. The Bulls will wear special white uniforms with yellow numbers and ribbon patches. 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 ECU has won two of its last three games entering the road contest at USF. Most recently, the Pirates topped Tulane, 74-65, on Feb. 4. Senior guard Caleb White netted 20 points in the win. The team was projected to finish seventh in The American’s preseason coaches’ poll, but is currently ninth in the league standings. The Pirates average a league-low 61.6 points per game but yield 63.6 points per game, fourth best in The American. B.J. Tyson (11.9), Kentrell Barkley (11.8) and Caleb White (10.8) all average double figure points per game. ECU won the prior meeting with USF this season, 60-49, on Dec. 28, despite a team-high 18 points from Bulls’ junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh). USF holds a narrow 7-6 lead in the all-time series with the Pirates. The Bulls are ahead, 3-2, in meetings in Tampa. Notables The Bulls are shooting 36 percent on three-pointers, third-best in The American. USF is fifth in conference play with 6.0 steals per game. Under Coach Bartow’s guidance, the Bulls are averaging seven made three-pointers per game, up from five. USF is also averaging 13.4 assists per game after Bartow became the team’s interim head coach. Guard Geno Thorpe has averaged 18.0 points per game since returning from an injury. Thorpe ranks second in The American in free throw percentage (.859), fifth in assists per game (4.5), sixth in steals per game (1.5), and 10th in scoring (13.8). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 109 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. He needs three more blocks to tie Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (2009-13) for sixth place at USF. The Bulls have used 13 different starting lineups this season (Evansville leads the nation with 15). 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. 13 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.
  11. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2kEMMsg Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Continue Road-swing at UConn on Wednesday Freshman Malik Fitts is the reigning Rookie of the Week in The American Matchup: USF (6-16, 0-11 The American) at UConn (10-12, 5-5) Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Storrs, Conn. | Gampel Pavilion (10,167) Watch: CBSSN (Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen, Jamie Erdahl) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats TAMPA, FEB. 7, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team wraps up a two-game road swing with a midweek contest at UConn on Wednesday night. USF started the trip with a loss at Temple on Sunday. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) tallied a career-high 25 points in the game. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) also matched a career-best with 18 points. Additionally, the Bulls have The American’s Rookie of the Week in freshman Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.). The forward averaged 17.5 and 8.5 rebounds in two contests, including his first double-double, setting career highs in points (29) and rebounds (11) against Memphis (2/2). USF’s offense is shooting 52 percent over the last two contests. Da Silva had tallied double figures in four straight games for an average of 13.3 points per game. The Opponent UConn has had an up-and-down season due to injuries but has won three of the last four games. However, the Huskies are fresh off a defeat, 82-68, at No. 14 Cincinnati. Redshirt senior guard Rodney Purvis led all Huskies with 20 points. In The American’s preseason coaches’ poll, UConn received five first-place votes and was a narrow runner-up to Cincinnati. The Huskies are currently seventh in the conference standings. Sophomore guard Jalen Adams leads all UConn players in points (14.7) and assists (6.6) per game. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 17-2, including a 81-60 victory at USF (1/25). The Bulls held a 44-43 second half edge in the contest before UConn pulled away late. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) posted a team-high 15 points in the contest. USF seeks its first win at UConn. The Huskies have won the prior six meetings in Hartford/Storrs. Notables Thorpe set career highs in points and made field goals (11) at Temple. He registered 23 points after halftime. USF shot 67 percent in the second half at Temple. It was the highest shooting percentage for the Bulls since shooting 72 percent in the first half against Kennesaw State (11/28). On Sunday, USF made 33 field goals at Temple, the most since the team converted on 31 against Jacksonville on Dec. 15, 2015. The Bulls tallied 51 second half points at Temple. The last time USF scored 50 or more in a half was the second half against Providence on Jan. 16, 2011. The Bulls are shooting .362 on three-pointers, third-best in The American. Under Coach Bartow’s guidance, USF is averaging seven made three-pointers per game (up from five) and creating two more assists per game (14.0) Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) ranks second in The American in free throw percentage (.848), fourth in assists per game (4.5), fifth in steals per game (1.6), and ninth in scoring (14.0). The Bulls have used 12 different starting lineups this season (Evansville leads the nation with 15). The team is participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three Point Challenge this month. Fans can pledge donations for every three pointer the Bulls make this month. To learn more or donate, click HERE. Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 107 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. 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. 13 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.
  12. It was a pretty solid week for the kid. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lhO5O5 Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Fitts Named Rookie of the Week in The American The freshman forward totaled career bests of 29 points and 11 rebounds vs. Memphis TAMPA, FEB. 6, 2017 – University of South Florida forward Malik Fitts was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, the league announced on Monday. The freshman averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in a pair of contests. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native achieved his first double-double with a career-high 29 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Memphis (2/2). He was a career high 9-for-14 from the floor with a career-best seven made three-pointers. Fitts also set a new career high in steals (three) and made free throws (eight). This is the first conference recognition for Fitts this season. It is the second time a Bull was selected as rookie of the week this season. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) received similar honors on Nov. 21. USF continues a two-game roadswing at UConn on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Bulls return home to host East Carolina on Saturday. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. at the Sun Dome. Purchase tickets HERE.
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2kSRxhR Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Ready for Rematch with Memphis USF narrowly lost at Memphis on Jan. 14 despite trailing by as many as 16 points Matchup: Memphis (16-6, 6-3 The American) at USF (6-14, 0-9) Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Tampa | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPNU (Allen Bestwick, Mark Wise) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Jim Louk) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 1, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team begins the second half of the conference slate with a home game against Memphis Thursday night. The Bulls and Tigers met earlier this season on Jan. 14 in Memphis. USF trailed by as many as 16 points before pulling within two points at the 2:11 mark of the second half. Memphis held off the Bulls’ comeback bid in the waning moments with some late free throws for a 61-56 win. Freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) tied his career-high with 12 points, all of which were scored in the second half. USF enters the contest following a loss at No. 19 Cincinnati on Sunday. Freshman guard Michael Bibby (Phoenix) tallied a career-best 17 points in the defeat. Promotion USF will be participating in autism awareness on Thursday night. The team will be wearing special “Autism Warrior” shirts during warmups and the staff will don blue puzzle piece lapel pins in honor of autism awareness. The official twitter handle is @AutismSpeaks and the official hashtag is #AutismHoops. For more information, please visit AutismSpeaks.org/Coaches The Opponent Memphis has won seven of its last nine games including a 57-50 victory over East Carolina on Saturday. Junior guard Jimario Rivers led the Tigers with 15 points. Redshirt freshman guard K.J. Lawson also posted 12 points. U of M was projected to finish fifth in The American’s preseason coaches’ poll. The Tigers currently sit in fourth in the standings with a 6-3 mark. Sophomore guard Dedric Lawson has a team-high 19.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Redshirt junior guard Markel Crawford is second on the Tigers’ statsheet with 14.8 points per game. Dedric’s brother, K.J., ranks third with 12.6 points and is second with 8.5 rebounds per game. Memphis leads the all-time series with USF 23-4 but the Bulls won the last home meeting 80-71, on Feb. 20, 2016. Four USF players posted double figure points. Center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) compiled five points, 11 rebounds and a career-best seven blocks in the game. Notables The Bulls are shooting .361 on three pointers, third best in The American. Under Coach Bartow’s guidance, USF is averaging nine made three-pointers per game, up from seven. Guard Michael Bibby is averaging 13.3 points per game over the last three contests. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) ranks third in The American in free throw percentage (.846), fifth in assists per game (4.4) and sixth in steals per game (1.5). Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) is eighth in the conference in rebounding per game (7.5). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 107 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. The Bulls have used 11 different starting lineups this season (Evansville leads the nation with 15). 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. 13 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.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2lbRCgR Box Score: http://bit.ly/2ld1mHF Bulls Second Half Comeback Falls Short at Temple Junior guard Geno Thorpe posts career-high 25 points, 23 after halftime, in road loss PHILADELPHIA, FEB. 5, 2017 – Despite outscoring the Owls 51-37 in the second half, the University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-16, 0-11 The American) was defeated 83-74 at Temple (13-11, 4-7) on Sunday afternoon. Pennsylvania native Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) led the resilient rally for the Bulls. The junior guard, who missed the last two games with an injury, registered a career-high 25 points in the contest, including 23 in the second half. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) matched his career-best with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. USF found themselves in an early hole as the Owls began the game with 12 of the first 14 points. Soon thereafter, the Bulls lowered the deficit to five, 15-10, with a 6-0 run in just 58 seconds. However, Temple would regain momentum by making eight three pointers in the opening half and going on a 13-0 run into the break. The Bulls trailed 46-23 to begin the second half and fell behind by as many as 27 points. That didn’t stop USF from surging back into the game. Midway through the half, USF built a 15-3 run, including 10 points from Thorpe. The burst pulled the Bulls within 11, 68-57, with 6:09 to play. USF then lowered the difference to nine with 1:50 remaining but that’s as close as the Bulls would get in the road loss. Key Stat · Guard Geno Thorpe was 10-of-13 from the floor in the second half, helping the Bulls shoot 67 percent (22-for-33) after halftime. Quotables Interim head coach Murry Bartow on his team’s effort: “We fought hard – the first half not so much, but the second half was an inspiring effort. We beat them by 14 (in the second half) on their home floor. We just can’t spot a team that big a lead and expect to win.” Bartow on what stands out about his team: “This group doesn’t give in easily. The fire and resiliency is there. We just need to put it together for 40 minutes.” Notables Four Bulls scored in double figures. Sophomore forward Luis Santos (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied 12 points, two shy of tying his career high. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) added 11 points. Holston also set a career-best with five assists. Santos rejected three shots, a career high. In addition to 25 points, Thorpe also compiled six assists. USF shot 52 percent in the game. It was the second time this year the Bulls were over 50 percent in back-to-back games. The team’s 17 assists were one shy of tying a season-high (18, UCF, 1/17). USF created 11 steals. It was the fifth time this year the Bulls finished with 10 or more steals. On Sunday, USF made five, three pointers, giving the team 12 this month. The Bulls are participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three Point Challenge throughout February. Learn more/donate HERE Up Next USF continues a two-game roadswing at UConn on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Bulls return home to host East Carolina on Feb. 11. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. at the Sun Dome.
  15. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2jOsjzs Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Begin Two-Game Roadswing at Temple Michael Bibby, Tulio Da Silva have posted double figure points in three straight games Matchup: USF (6-15, 0-10 The American) at Temple (12-11, 3-7) Date: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2017 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Philadelphia | Liacouras Center (10,206) Watch: ASN/ESPN3/WTTA (Jeff McCarragher, Chris Walker, Morgyn Seigfried) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, FEB. 4, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team starts a two-game road swing at Temple on Sunday afternoon. The Bulls and Owls have not met this season but will play twice during the remainder of the season. This is the third time this year the Bulls have matched up against a team nicknamed the Owls (FAU, Kennesaw State). USF was defeated by Memphis in the team’s last contest (2/2). Freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) posted his first career double-double, setting career-bests with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Michael Bibby (Phoenix) and redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) each netted 13 points each. Both Bibby and Da Silva have registered double digit point totals in the three consecutive games. The Opponent Temple enters the contest winners in two of its last three games, including a 79-71 win at Tulane on Tuesday. Guard Quinton Rose led all Owls with 18 points off the bench. Temple has also lost four of their last six games, moving the Owls down to eighth place in the conference standings (Temple was projected to finish sixth). Guard Shizz Alston Jr. leads Temple in points per game (14.0) and assists per game (4.0). Forward Obio Enechionyia boasts a team best 6.1 rebounds per game and 1.7 blocks per game. The Owls lead the all-time series with USF 6-2. The Bulls won the first two meetings but Temple has won each meeting since. USF has won one of the three meetings in Philadelphia. Notables Fitts’ 29 points against Memphis were the most by a USF Bull this season. The Bulls are shooting .360 on three pointers, third best in The American. Under Coach Bartow’s guidance, USF is averaging seven made three-pointers per game, up from five. Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) is averaging 9.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in five career games against Temple. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) ranks third in The American in free throw percentage (.846), fourth in assists per game (4.4) and sixth in steals per game (1.5). Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva(Brazil) ranks in the top 10 in the conference in rebounding per game (7.3). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 107 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. The Bulls have used 12 different starting lineups this season (Evansville leads the nation with 15). The team is participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Three Point Challenge this month. Fans can pledge donations for every three pointer the Bulls make this month. To learn more or donate, click HERE. 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. 13 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.
  16. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2kdtPin Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Visit No. 19 Cincinnati on Sunday USF is averaging 14.5 assists per game in the Coach Bartow era Matchup: USF (6-13, 0-8 The American) at No. 19 Cincinnati (18-2, 7-0) Date: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Cincinnati, Ohio | Fifth Third Arena (13,176) Watch: CBSSN (Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall) Follow: Listen | Stats TAMPA, JAN. 28, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team will play a ranked opponent for just the second time this season when the Bulls battle No. 19 Cincinnati on the road Sunday afternoon. Previously, the Bulls hosted No. 16/15 South Carolina, and led at halftime before the Gamecocks pulled away for a 77-66 victory. USF seeks their first win over a ranked team since unseating No. 19 Louisville 59-51 on the road (2/29/12). The Bulls clashed with UConn Sunday and held a first half advantage against the Huskies until UConn went on a late run to secure the win. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) posted a team-high 15 points in the contest. Holston is averaging 15.6 points per game over the last three contests. Freshman guard Michael Bibby (Phoenix) also tallied 14 points following a career-best four treys. The Opponent UC enters Sunday's contest on an 11-consecutive win streak. The Bulls look to hand the Bearcats their first home loss of the year (12-0) and first defeat in conference play (7-0). Cincinnati boasts four players who are pouring in double-figure points per game. Sophomore guard Jacob Evans leads the Bearcats with 14.5 points per game. Junior forward Kyle Washington is second on the team with 13.3 points per game. Washington and junior forward Gary Clark are grabbing a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game. UC leads USF 29-8 in the all-time series. The Bearcats have won the last six meetings. Notables The Bulls are shooting .357 on three pointers, third best in The American. Guard Michael Bibby has totaled 23 points in the last two games (six in the prior two contests). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) ranks third in The American in free throw percentage (.846), fifth in assists (4.4) and sixth in assists (1.5). Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) is sixth in the conference in rebounding (7.4 per game). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 107 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. The Bulls are averaging 7.5 steals per game over the last three contests. USF has outscored opponents by 99 points in the paint this year. The bench has outscored the opponent in 11 games this year. The Bulls have used 10 different starting lineups this season (Evansville leads the nation with 14). 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, Jan. 30 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. About USF Men’s Basketball
  17. Trying really hard not to be bitter but he's starting to piss me off .... Testing the NBA waters after his freshman year should have been a huge red flag, I guess.
  18. Down four just under 8 minutes left. Also nice to see Mike Bibby Sr in the house.
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2jKmDHD Box Score: http://bit.ly/2jtggaF Bibby Scores Career-High 17 Points in Loss The freshman guard also tied a career-best with four made three-pointers By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer CINCINNATI, JAN. 29, 2017 – Freshman Michael Bibby turned in his best performance yet as a Bull at one of the toughest venues in college basketball Sunday afternoon. Bibby knocked down four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 17 points in a 94-53 loss to No. 19 Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena. Bibby brought up his scoring average to 13.3 points in the past three games while adding four rebounds and two assists. Without leading scorer Geno Thorpe, USF (6-14, 0-9) was unable to halt Cincinnati’s home winning streak that was extended to 21 games. The Bearcats scored 34 points off 24 USF turnovers in their 12th straight victory. Jarron Cumberland scored a career-high 26 points and made half of Cincinnati’s 12 3-pointers. USF opened the game on a 4-0 run before Jake Bodway’s 3-pointer and Luis Santos’ jumper helped the Bulls tie things up at 12 with 12:15 remaining in the half. Cincinnati responded with a 14-0 run while the Bulls went scoreless for more than four minutes. Cincinnati (19-2, 8-0) continued on a 25-5 run, and went 8-for-8 from the field at one point down the stretch, on the way to a 49-25 halftime lead. Kyle Washington and Justin Jenifer combined for 21 points while Cincinnati shot 58 percent from the field (7-for-14 from long range). Bibby powered USF with 11 points in the first half that saw the Bulls hampered by 14 turnovers. Bibby reached a new career-high point total with his fourth 3-pointer of the game, tying a career-high, with 2:14remaining. The freshman guard from Phoenix, Ariz., has posted two of his five double-digit scoring games in the Bulls’ past two outings. Quotables Interim head coach Murry Bartow on facing one of those most physical teams in the country: “We got off to a great start, which I was pleased with, but obviously 24 turnovers were way too many. They’re just a really good team. They’re probably one of the top 15 teams in college basketball. They’ve got an incredibly good starting five and they’re one of the best defensive teams in the country, one of the most physical teams in the country.” Coach Bartow on the impact of leading scorer Geno Thorpe missing the game with an injury: “I’m not an excuse guy, which I’ve said many times, but obviously the injury to Geno Thorpe on Friday just totally put our team out of whack. Mike (Bibby) fought hard, played hard, competed hard, but that injury really hurt us, knowing we were coming in here to play a great team.” Coach Bartow on his team’s effort despite the wins not piling up: “I just want our fans to know these guys are working hard. Our practices have been great and unfortunately it didn’t show tonight… We can’t get too down. We can’t over-magnify it. We’ve just got to move onto the next game.” Key Stats 12 – Cincinnati gained distance on the Bulls by knocking down 12 3-pointers. 14-0 – With the score tied at 12-12, Cincinnati seized the momentum with a 14-0 run that led to a 49-25 advantage at halftime. 24 – USF was hampered by 24 turnovers, a season-high. Cincinnati scored 34 points off takeaways. Notables · USF was without leading scorer Geno Thorpe, who missed the game with an injury. Thorpe has averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists in 19 games this season. · Guard Michael Bibby has scored 40 points in the past three games after pouring in a career-high 17 at Cincinnati. · Cincinnati improved to 30-8 in the all-time series with USF. The Bearcats have won the past seven meetings. Up Next USF heads back to the Sun Dome to host Memphis on Thursday at 7 p.m. (TV: ESPNews). Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2jV4EhS Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Take on Tulsa this Saturday Guard Geno Thorpe has scored double figures in 14 of the team’s 17 games this season Matchup: Tulsa (10-7, 4-1 The American) at USF (6-11, 0-6) Date: Saturday, Jan. 21 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPNEWS (Alex Faust, Mark Wise) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Jim Louk) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, JAN. 20, 2017 – For the first time in 10 days, the University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-11, 0-6 The American) is back at the Sun Dome to host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-7, 4-1) on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls return home following a pair of road contests at Memphis (Jan. 14) and UCF (Jan. 17). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) averaged 17.0 points per game on the roadswing, including a career high tying 22 points in the War on I-4 matchup on Tuesday. Thorpe has now tallied double-figure point totals in four straight games in 14 of the team’s 17 games this season. This will be the fifth home game for the Bulls under the direction of interim head coach Murry Bartow. Most recently, USF set a season-high with 18 assists at UCF and the Bulls are averaging 14.5 assists per game under Bartow’s guidance. The Opponent Tulsa (10-7, 4-1) is one of the hotter teams in The American. Despite being picked ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Golden Hurricane are currently fourth in the conference standings. Tulsa has won back-to-back games, including an 89-82 home victory over Tulane on Wednesday. The Golden Hurricane only have two players averaging double figure points – forward Junior Etou (11.8) and guard Jaleel Wheeler (10.9). Etou is also grabbing a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game. The all-time series consists of just three meetings – all won by Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane won the inaugural meeting in 2015 and also were victorious in both matchups in 2016. This will be just the second contest between the schools in Tampa. Notables The Bulls are third in The American in three point shooting percentage (.358). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) is second in The American in free throw percentage (.855), fifth in steals (1.5) and seventh in assists (4.2). Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva(Brazil) has grabbed the fifth-most rebounds in the conference (7.7 per game). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 106 blocks at USF, seventh-most in program history. The Bulls are averaging 8.6 steals per game over the last three contests. USF has outscored opponents by 99 points in the paint this year. The bench has outscored the opponent in 10 games this year, including a +67 margin this season. 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, Jan. 23 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.
  21. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2jhHkLB Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Ready for War on I-4 Matchup This will be the first men’s basketball installment in the War on I-4 rivalry Matchup: USF (6-10, 0-5 The American) at UCF (13-4, 4-1) Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Orlando, Fla. | CFE Arena (10,000) Watch: ESPNEWS (Roy Philpott, Mark Wise) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Jim Louk) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, JAN. 16, 2017 – The War on I-4 rivalry continues on Tuesday night when the University of South Florida men’s basketball team visits UCF for a midweek conference showdown. The meeting will be the first of two this season between the Bulls and the Knights (USF hosts UCF on March 2).This matchup will also break a 15-15 deadlock in the War on I-4 standings this year. USF enters the contest following a narrow 62-56 defeat at Memphis on Saturday. The Bulls reduced a 16 point second half deficit to just two points before the Tigers held on for the victory. Freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) matched his career high 12 points, all of which came in the second half. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) also compiled 12 points for his 12th double-digit scoring game this year. The Opponent UCF, winners in six of its last seven games, is one of the hottest teams in the American. The Knights knocked off Houston 77-70 on Saturday. All five starters netted double-figure points in the victory. Statistically, the Knights own the conference’s top scoring defense (58.2 ppg) and hold opponents to a lowly .337 shooting percentage. Matt Williams leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and Tacko Fall boasts one of the top shooting percentages in the nation (.800). USF leads the all-time series with UCF 22-11.The Bulls have won 12 of the 16 meetings in Tampa, however, USF is up just 8-7 in games played in Orlando. Notables The Bulls are second in The American in three point shooting percentage (.355). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) is first in The American in free throw percentage (.861), fourth in steals (1.6) and seventh in assists (4.1). Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva(Brazil) has grabbed the fourth-most rebounds in the conference (7.8 per game). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 106 blocks at USF, seventh most in program history. The Bulls have 10 or more steals in back-to-back games for the second time this season. USF has not posted three games in a row with double digit steals this year. The Bulls’ bench outscored Memphis 17-0 in the last game played and own a +64 scoring margin against opponents this season. USF has outscored the opponent by 103 points in the paint this year. This season, the Bulls are 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, Jan. 23 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.