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  1. According to Verbal Commits by way of Ryan Silver tweet, Malik Fitts will be transferring.
  2. SCHEDULE TICKETS DONATE USF ATHLETICS SHOP Join us in welcoming Brian Gregory to USF on Wednesday, March 22nd at 2:00pm in the USF Sun Dome Arena Club. All fans are invited to attend his introductory press conference. Coach Gregory has posted six 20-win seasons and nearly 250 wins in 13 seasons as a head coach, with tenures at Dayton and Georgia Tech. He has recruited and coached 24 players that went on to play in the NBA and every senior that has played for him as a head coach has earned their degree. Coach Gregory has had great success throughout his career, helping Michigan State to reach two Final Fours and win the 2000 NCAA title as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo and teaming with David Robinson to lead Navy to an NCAA Elite Eight as a player. Thank you for your continued support of USF Athletics and Go Bulls!
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  4. 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
  5. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2n8o0kE Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls to play UConn in Conference Tournament Opener USF is looking to win the conference tournament opener for the second straight season Matchup: No. 11 USF (7-22, 1-17) vs. No. 6 UConn (14-16, 9-9) Date: Thursday, March 9 Time: 8 p.m. Location: Hartford, Conn. | XL Center (16,294) Watch: ESPNEWS (Allen Bestwick, Tim Welsh) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, MARCH 8, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team begins the 2017 Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Tournament against UConn on Thursday night. The winner of the 11 vs. 6 seed game will advance to the quarterfinals to play No. 3 Houston on Friday evening at 9. USF completed the regular season against Temple on Sunday. Redshirt junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) tallied a game-high 21 points in the contest. Sophomore forward Luis Santos (Bronx, N.Y.) posted 16 points, two shy of matching his career best. The Bulls also seek a conference opening win for the second consecutive year. Last season, No. 9 USF topped No. 8 ECU, 71-66, in the opening round. Center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) compiled six points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) has 196 rebounds at USF and needs three more to pass John Egbunu (2013-14) for the most by a freshman in program history. The Opponent UConn enters the conference tournament on a four-game losing streak. The skid matches the Huskies' longest losing streak of the season. In their last contest, the Huskies fell to No. 18 Cincinnati, 67-47, on Sunday. The loss coupled with a Houston win and a Tulsa win handed the Huskies the six seed in the conference tournament. In 2016, UConn won the American Athletic Conference tournament as a five seed. The 2017 conference tournament will be held at the XL Center, one of UConn’s home sites. Statistically, UConn ranks second in The American in blocks per game (5.4). In conference play, the Huskies are second in free throw percentage (74.6) and third in field goal shooting (42.8). UConn leads the all-time series, 18-2, against USF. The Huskies won the only neutral court meeting, a conference opening tournament victory over the Bulls (3/12/15). Guard Troy Holston recorded 12 points in the meeting. Notables · Under Coach Murry Bartow’s guidance, USF is making free throws at a 78 percent clip, a four percent jump. The Bulls are also making six three-pointers a game. · Thorpe ranks second in The American in free throw percentage (.844), fourth in assists (4.6) and steals per game (1.6) and eighth in scoring (14.8). · Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 119 blocks at USF, sixth-most in program history. He began the year tied for 10th. · Da Silva has posted 10-plus points in eight of the last 11 games. · The Bulls have used 15 different starting lineups this season, fifth most in Division 1 men’s basketball. (Chicago State, 18). · 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.
  6. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2mnVhuJ Box Score: http://bit.ly/2mUwRXD Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Santos, Thorpe Shine in Loss to Temple The duo combined for 35 points in the regular season finale TAMPA, MARCH 5, 2017 – Despite a game-high 21 points from junior Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) and another 14 points from sophomore Luis Santos (Bronx, N.Y.), the University of South Florida men’s basketball team (7-22, 1-17 The American) was defeated 72-60 by Temple (16-15, 7-11) on Sunday afternoon. Temple hit four of its first five three-pointers to put USF in an early deficit. Trailing 12-9, the Bulls rallied back with an 8-0 run capped on a three by freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.). The back-and-forth half featured four ties and five lead changes. Following ties at 14, 16, 18, and 20, the Owls finished the opening stanza on a 15-6 run. After the break, USF cut the Temple advantage to four, 44-40, on a Geno Thorpe three at the 15:09mark. However, the Owls would go on a 14-5 surge to rebuild a double-digit lead. The Bulls would only get as close as seven the rest of the afternoon in the defeat. Key Stats Both teams made 25 field goals but Temple made 11 treys compared to USF’s five. Quotable Interim head coach Murry Bartow on the Bulls’ effort: “I thought the defensive effort was good. Obviously they made 11 threes, which is way too many. We rebounded well again. We rebounded our tails off.” Coach Bartow on the play of Ruben Guerrero and Luis Santos: “My gosh, Ruben and Luis just continue to battle and fight and compete…The two of them combined to get us 22 points and 14 rebounds.. Against UCF, they also got us 12 and 18. They’re incredible kids. Great attitude, great energy. Whatever I ask them to do they’re 100 percent all in. I just can’t say enough about those two.” Notables Santos was two points shy of matching his career high (16, at Tulane, 2/18/17). The forward also grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots. Thorpe tallied 20+ points for the seventh time this year. He was 8-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Thorpe also registered five assists and five rebounds. Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) totaled eight points and eight rebounds. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) set a new career best with four steals. The Bulls won the rebounding edge 39-35. It was the fourth time in the last five games that USF has outrebounded the opponent. Four Temple players scored in double figures. Up Next: USF’s next game will be in the 2017 Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Tournament in Hartford, Conn. The Bulls will play on Thursday, March 9 at 8 p.m. The opponent is TBD. The game will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2mpv0wE Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Close Out Regular Season Against Temple on Sunday Da Silva is six rebounds shy of setting the freshman rebounding record at USF Matchup: Temple (15-15, 6-11 The American) at USF (7-21, 1-16) Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPNU (Ted Emrich, Malcolm Huckaby) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, MARCH 4, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team concludes the regular season with a Sunday afternoon showdown against Temple. The Bulls enter the season finale off one of their best defensive performances of the season. USF yielded just 59 points to UCF on Thursday night in a three-point loss. Sophomore guard Troy Holston(Queens, N.Y.) tallied a team-high 14 points. Freshman forward Malik Fitts (11) and redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (10) both also scored double figure points. Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) compiled six points, 10 rebounds, and a season-high five blocks. Temple won the prior meeting, an 83-74 home victory against USF (2/5) despite a career-high 25 points from redshirt junior guard Geno Thorpe(Pittsburgh). The Bulls netted 51 points in the second half and nearly erased a 27-point deficit. Da Silva has 193 rebounds at USF and needs six more to pass John Egbunu (2013-14) for the most rebounds by a freshman in program history. The Opponent Temple enters the regular season finale fresh off an 82-76 double overtime, Senior Day victory over Tulane (2/25). The win ended a three-game losing streak. Sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. totaled 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists to fuel the Owls’ win. Entering the conference tournament, the Owls will either be the No. 8 or No. 9 seed and will face East Carolina in the opening round on March 9 at 3:30 p.m. Temple ranks second in The American with a 72 percent free-throw shooting percentage The Owls hold the 7-2 lead in the all-time series with the Bulls. USF looks to snap Temple’s seven game winning streak in the series. Notables Under Coach Murry Bartow’s guidance, USF is also making free throws at a 70 percent clip, a six percent jump. The Bulls are also making six three-pointers a game. Thorpe ranks second in The American in free throw percentage (.863), fourth in assists (4.5) and steals per game (1.6) and eighth in scoring (14.6). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 118 blocks at USF, sixth-most in program history. He began the year tied for 10th. Da Silva has posted 10+ points in eight of the last 10 games. The Bulls have used 15 different starting lineups this season, third most in Division 1 men’s basketball. (Chicago State, 17). 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, March 6 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. Playing UCF tonight and not one topic. Unless everyone is like me and just wants to forget this horrible season even happened
  9. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2mM1WMg Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Continue War on I-4 Rivalry on Thursday Da Silva is 11 rebounds shy of setting the freshman rebounding record at USF Matchup: UCF (19-10, 10-7 The American) at USF (7-20, 1-15) Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPNU (Allen Bestwick, Mark Wise) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Jim Louk) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, MARCH 1, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team is back at home to host UCF in a War on I-4 rivalry game on Thursday night. The Bulls enter the contest following a road game at Tulsa (2/23). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) led USF with a game-high 24 points, five assists and five steals. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) also added 10 points. Da Silva has 188 rebounds at USF and needs 11 more to pass John Egbunu (2013-14) for the most rebounds by a freshman in program history. Thorpe has scored 20 or more points in four of the last six games and is averaging 21 points during that timeframe. Promotions · The first 1,000 fans at the Sun Dome will receive a free USF window cling. · For students, the first 100 guests will receive access to the Coca-Cole Student Club for free pizza and drinks. · Fans can take their photo with the War on I-4 trophy at Gate A. The Opponent UCF has won four straight games, including a 53-49 victory over No. 15 Cincinnati on Sunday. Sophomore B.J. Taylor tallied 27 points in the upset. Taylor leads the team in scoring (17.2 ppg) and assists (3.6). Sophomore Tacko Fall also averages 11.7 points per game with team highs in rebounds (9.7) and blocks (2.5). The Knights are currently fourth in the conference standings. UCF is second in the conference in scoring defense (60.7). USF leads the all-time series, 22-12, including a 12-4 mark at home. The Knights won the last meeting, 86-64 (1/17). Thorpe posted 22 points and six assists in the prior meeting. Notables The Bulls are shooting 35 percent on three-pointers, fifth best in The American. Under Coach Murry Bartow’s guidance, the Bulls are averaging seven made three-pointers per game, up from five. USF is also making free throws at a 69 percent clip, a five percent jump. Thorpe ranks second in The American in free throw percentage (.863), fourth in steals (1.6), fifth in assists per game (4.4) and seventh in scoring (15.1). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 113 blocks at USF, sixth-most in program history. Da Silva has posted 10+ points in seven of the last nine games. USF matched a season high with 12 steals against Tulsa (2/23). The Bulls have used 14 different starting lineups this season, fifth most in Division 1 men’s basketball. (Chicago State, 17). 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, March 6 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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).
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
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  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.