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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. USF BASKETBALL SHOW ‘RUN WITH THE BULLS’ RETURNS January 18, 2017 TAMPA, JAN. 18, 2017 – USF Athletics is proud to announce the return of USF Basketball: Run with the Bulls. The second season will feature six episodes spanning the course of the season and will air locally in Florida on Fox Sports Sun. The show will combine behind-the-scenes access and stunning cinematography covering both head coach Jose Fernandez’s women’s program and interim head coach Murry Bartow men’s basketball program in one 30-minute show that will give fans an exciting look at each team’s journey through the 2016-17 season. The program – produced by the Emmy Award winning production team of Awesome Films – will take fans up-close inside the USF programs with ESPN 30-for-30 style camera work, sound and unprecedented access to practice, locker room, gameday and daily life. Compelling video, narration and sound from the Bulls themselves will give viewers a taste of what it is like to run with the Bulls. Every episode will also be posted to www.GoUSFBulls.com and to the USF Athletics Youtube channel throughout the season. SHOW SCHEDULE: SHOW AIR DATE Basketball Show 1 Thursday, Jan. 5 & 12 | 3:30 p.m. Basketball Show 2 Thursday, Jan. 19 & 26 | 3:30 p.m. Basketball Show 3 Thursday, Feb. 2 & 9 | 3:30 p.m. Basketball Show 4 Thursday, Feb. 16 & 23 | 3:30 p.m. Basketball Show 5 Thursday, March 2 & 9 | 3:30 p.m. Basketball Show 6 Thursday, March 16 & 23 | 3:30 p.m.
  4. Bettors to stick with Packers as $300 ticket now worth $28K See Link Below For Entire Article "Yankelevitz, who played college basketball at Long Beach State under Seth Greenberg and was an assistant coach at USF under Greenberg, lives in Orlando where he is in corporate recruiting. Axelrod lives in Las Vegas, where he's a digital producer and consultant for media companies." http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/18490085/bettors-300-ticket-green-bay-packers-worth-28000
  5. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2k1Yks8 Box Score: http://bit.ly/2jlUE1f Thorpe Matches Career High with 22 Points in War on I-4 Defeat The junior tied his career best with 22 points and also added six assists ORLANDO, Fla., JAN. 17, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-11, 0-6 The American) received a career high tying 22 points from junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 38 point performance from redshirt senior guard Matt Williams in an 86-64 loss at UCF (14-4, 5-1) on Tuesday night. The Bulls trailed early on in the War on I-4 game as the Knights tallied the first seven points. UCF hit nine treys in the opening frame, six from Williams, to build a 12 point halftime lead. Thorpe (Pittsburgh) led the Bulls at the break with eight points and four assists. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) also had seven points early on for USF. The Bulls were unable to cut the deficit down to single digits in the second half despite another 14 points from Thorpe and an additional nine points by Holston. Quotable Interim head coach Murry Bartow on UCF’s perimeter shooting: “When a team makes 14 threes on us, it makes it very difficult (to win)…Matt Williams was obviously the difference in the game.” Key Stat Matt Williams’ career-high 38 points led all players in scoring. His 11 made three-pointers set a school record and conference record. Notables Thorpe has now scored double figures in 13 of the team’s 17 games this season. The three made treys from Thorpe set a career-high. Holston also recorded three treys. Junior guard Jake Bodway (Bloomington, Minn.) registered three steals, a new career-high. The Bulls lost despite shooting 42 percent from the floor and 41 percent from beyond the arc. With the victory, UCF inches ahead of USF 18-15 in the War on I-4 standings. The teams will meet again at USF on March 2 at 7 p.m. Up Next USF returns home to host Tulsa on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com. Fans out of town can catch the game on ESPNU.
  6. THIS WEEK IN USF ATHLETICS January 16, 2017 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, JAN. 16, 2017 – Take a look ahead at the week in USF Athletics and catch up on last week’s action: No. 19 Football Last Week: USF landed in the final Associated Press and Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings for the first time in program history, finishing a record-breaking 2016 season at No. 19. Learn more HERE… Quarterback Quinton Flowers was named the 2017 College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year… Head coach Charlie Strong announced the additions of Matt Mattox as offensive line coach and run game coordinator, Justin Burke as tight ends and special teams coach, and Corey Bell as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Need to Know: New season ticket deposits are being accepted now at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls… USF Athletics randomly selected four season ticket members with perfect attendance the past two seasons and provided them with a national championship game surprise. Find out more HERE. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on USF Football on Twitter HERE and on Facebook HERE. No. 23 Women’s Basketball (14-2, 3-1) This Week: Head coach Jose Fernandez goes after his 300th career win when USF hosts Memphis 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sun Dome… USF finishes the week with a huge home test against No. 9 Louisville on Sunday at 2 p.m. Home game tickets can be purchased at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Last Week: USF bounced back from a 102-37 loss at top-ranked UConn on Jan. 10 with a 79-48 home win over East Carolina on Jan. 14. Ariadna Pujol, Kitija Laksa and Maria Jespersen each scored at least 20 points in the Bulls’ 13th consecutive home victory. USF is 7-0 at the Sun Dome this season. Need to Know: Fernandez is already the winningest coach in USF history (299-228). With one more victory, he will become the third active coach in the American Athletic Conference to reach 300 career wins. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the team by following the Bulls on Twitter @USFWBB. Men’s Basketball (6-10, 0-5) This Week: The War on I-4 Rivalry series with UCF continues 7 p.m. Tuesday in Orlando… USF returns to the Sun Dome to host Tulsa on Saturday at 1 p.m. Last Week: After trailing by 16 midway through the second half, USF pulled within two points late in a 62-56 loss at Memphis on Jan. 14… Geno Thorpe, Ruben Guerrero and Luis Santos scored in double figures in an 82-67 loss to Tulane on Jan. 11. Need to Know: USF spent two hours visiting with patients at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa on Jan. 12. Learn more about a special afternoon for the Bulls HERE… Home game tickets can be purchased at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the team by following the Bulls on Twitter @USFMBB. Men’s Soccer Last Week: Marcus Epps and Lindo Mfeka were selected in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Jan. 13. Epps was picked 25th overall by the Philadelphia Union. Mfeka went 28th overall to the San Jose Earthquakes. Learn more HERE… Round three of the MLS SuperDraft will begin Tuesday at 2 p.m. Need to Know: USF has had 23 players selected in the MLS Draft, and 28 players either drafted or signed since 1996. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls by following the team on Twitter @USFMSoc. No. 25 Men’s Tennis Next Event: ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 28-29 in Gainesville. Last Week: USF swept FGCU in doubles and singles competition on the final day of the FGCU Spring Invite on Jan. 15. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls by following the team on Twitter @USFMTen. Women’s Tennis This Week: USF begins its spring season at Florida Gulf Coast University 2 p.m. Sunday in Fort Myers. Follow the Bulls: Stay up to do on the Bulls by following @USFWTEN on Twitter. Track and Field This Week: USF continues its indoor season at the GVSU Open on Friday in Allendale, Mich. Last Week: Jessica Taylor (5k), Michael Babinec (5k), Joe Fogarasi (pole vault) and Stephanie Lambeth (pole vault) won their events in the season opener at the UAB Invitational on Jan. 13. Check out the recap HERE. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls by following the team on Twitter @USFXCTF. Men’s Golf Last Week: Head coach Steve Bradley announced the addition of Brad Caldwell to his staff as the Bulls’ new assistant coach. Caldwell joins the Bulls for the spring season after playing full-time on PGA Tour Canada in 2016. Prior to his second stint in pro golf, Caldwell served as head men’s and women’s golf coach at North Greenville University, his alma mater. Learn more about Caldwell HERE. Need to Know: USF’s spring season begins Feb. 18 at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls on Twitter @USFMGolf. Baseball Last Week: USF’s War on I-4 rivalry game at UCF on May 20 will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. in Orlando. Need to Know: USF starts the season with a three-game home series against Iowa on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. View the season schedule HERE. Season ticket deposits are being accepted now at USFBullsTix.com. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls on Twitter @USFBaseball. Softball Need to Know: USF opens the season at home against Illinois State on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. View the entire schedule HERE. Season ticket deposits are being accepted now at USFBullsTix.com. Follow the Bulls: Get all the important updates on the team by following the Bulls on Twitter @USFSoftball.
  7. The University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-10, 0-5 The American) was defeated 62-56 at Memphis (13-5, 3-2) on Saturday evening. The Bulls rallied from a 16 point deficit midway through the second half, and trailed by just two points with 1:37 to play. Freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) tied his career-high with 12 points, all in the second half. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) also netted 12 points for USF as well. Game summary will be emailed shortly. The Bulls’ next game will be at UCF on Tuesday in another installment of the War-on-I4 rivalry. Tip is set for 7 p.m. Box score is attached. 011417MemphisBook.pdf
  8. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2j5ZYWA Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Prepare for Road Test at Memphis USF’s .358 three-point field goal percentage is third best in The American Matchup: USF (6-9, 0-4 The American) at Memphis (12-5, 2-2) Date: Saturday, Jan. 14 Time: 6 p.m. ET Location: Memphis, Tenn. | FedEx Forum (18,400) Watch: CBS Sports Network (John Sadak, Doug Gottlieb, Gary Parrish) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, JAN. 13, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team returns to the road on Saturday when the Bulls visit Memphis. This will be the first of back-to-back road games for USF, who will also travel to UCF on Tuesday. In the last road game, the Bulls hit a season-best 11 three-pointers at SMU (Jan. 7). USF also controlled the ball to the tune of 16 assists, a season high, and 11 turnovers, a season low. Most recently, three Bulls tallied double figures in the team’s last game against Tulane (Jan. 11). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) posted 16 points, his 11th double figure point total this year. Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) and sophomore forward Luis Santos (Bronx, N.Y.) combined to provide 24 points and nine rebounds for USF at the five spot. The Opponent Memphis enters the matchup with USF following an 81-71 loss at Tulsa (Jan. 7). Three Tigers also compiled double figure point totals including a team-best 19 from redshirt junior guard Markel Crawford. Memphis leads The American in points per game (79.8) and has the second best shooting percentage (.474) Memphis leads the all-time series with USF 22-4 but the Bulls won the most recent meeting, 80-71, at home on Feb. 20, 2016. Notables Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) is second in The American in free throw percentage (.857), fourth in steals (1.4) and seventh in assists (4.0). Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva(Brazil) has grabbed the fourth-most rebounds in the conference (7.8). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 102 blocks at USF, tied with Augustus Gilchrist (2008-12) for seventh most in program history. The Bulls are third in The American in three-point percentage (.358), and fifth in steals (5.9). USF has outscored the opponent by 105 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.
  9. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2jyLEcb Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Improving Bulls Host Tulane on Wednesday USF achieved season highs of 11 made treys, 16 assists in their last game Matchup: Tulane (3-12, 0-3 The American) at USF (6-8, 0-3) Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPN3 (Drew Fellios, Mark Wise) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, JAN. 7, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team plays its first home game of 2017 on Wednesday evening when the Bulls welcome Tulane to the Sun Dome for a 7 p.m. showdown. USF enters the midweek tilt following a road loss at SMU on Saturday. Despite the defeat, there were many bright spots for the young Bulls, who boast no seniors. USF established new season-highs with 11 made three pointers and 16 assists. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) tallied a season-best 20 points as the Bulls turned the ball over just 11 times, a season-low. The Opponent Tulane has had a difficult season thus far, winning just three of its 15 games played. The Green Wave arrive in Tampa with hopes of snapping a five-game losing streak. Redshirt junior guard Cameron Reynolds is registering a team-high 15.5 points per game. Sophomore guards Kain Harris (11.1) and Melvin Frazier (10.6) are also averaging double-digit point totals this year. The Green Wave hold the 18-13 edge in the all-time series with the Bulls. Both teams split the two meetings last season. USF owns the slight 8-7 advantage in games played in Tampa. Notables USF is currently third in The American in three point shooting percentage (.363). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) is second in the conference in free throw percentage (.852) and seventh in assists (4.0). Junior forward Bo Zeigler (Detroit) is also second in field goal percentage in The American (.587). Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) has grabbed the third-most rebounds in the conference (8.1) and 10th in field goal percentage (.505). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 102 blocks at USF, tied with Augustus Gilchrist (2008-12) for seventh most in program history. The Bulls have outrebounded their opponent in five of the last seven contests. USF has outscored the opponent by 99 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.
  10. USF BASKETBALL SHOW RETURNS ON MONDAY AT 7 P.M. January 08, 2017 By USF TAMPA, JAN. 8, 2017 – The USF men’s basketball’s weekly radio show, the USF Basketball Show, begins the 2017 slate on Monday night at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the show live at World of Beer on Fowler Ave. The USF Basketball Show, which airs 12 times throughout the season, features interim head coach Murry Bartow with host Jim Lighthall. All 12 shows will air on AM 820 in the Tampa area and online at GoUSFBulls.com as well as the Tune-In Radio app. All fans are invited to come out and meet Coach Bartow and take advantage of food and beverage specials. Any questions for coach may be submitted through Twitter by sending them to @USFMBB.
  11. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2jfuMmI Box Score: http://bit.ly/2iV3yoN Bulls Hit Season-High 11 Three Pointers in Loss at SMU The Bulls committed just 11 turnovers in the setback, a season low DALLAS, JAN. 7, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-8, 0-3 The American) made a season-high 11 three pointers on Saturday afternoon but it wasn’t enough as the Bulls were defeated 84-65 at SMU (14-3, 4-0). Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) piloted the Bulls’ offense with 20 points, a new career high. Holston also set a career-best with six treys, two shy of matching the program record. The Bulls started strong with back-to-back threes from junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) and freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) for an early 6-2 advantage. Trailing 11-10, SMU went on an 18-3 surge midway through the opening half to take their first lead. The Mustangs built the edge up to double digits and entered halftime with a 14 point cushion. USF started the second half by scoring 11 of the next 13 points, cutting the SMU lead down to five points, 46-41, at the 16:12 mark. The Mustangs followed the Bulls run with a 25-7 stretch on their way to the victory. Key Stat SMU made a season-high 15 three-pointers in the victory. Notables: The Bulls’ 16 assists matched a season-high. The +5 assist/turnover margin for USF was a season-best. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) finished 6-for-6, recording 12 points and nine rebounds. He finished one rebound shy of his third double-double. Fitts ended the night with eight points and a career-best four assists. Thorpe’s six assists were one shy of tying his career-high. USF’s six made three pointers in the first half tied the season high for most in a single half (vs. Kennesaw State, Nov. 28). Up Next: The Bulls return home to host Tulane on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com. Fans out of town can catch the game on ESPNU.
  12. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2jkoF4p Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Head West to Play SMU USF will be led by Murry Bartow in his first game as interim head coach Matchup: USF (6-7,0-2 The American) at SMU (13-3, 3-0) Date: Saturday, Jan. 7 Time: 5 p.m. ET Location: Dallas, Texas | Moody Coliseum (7,000) Watch: ESPNEWS (Allen Bestwick, Tim Welsh) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch TAMPA, JAN. 6, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team begins the 2017 portion of its schedule with a Saturday afternooncontest at SMU. The Bulls have not played a game since Dec. 31, when Houston visited the Sun Dome. Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) tallied a team-high 16 points off the bench. Freshman forward Malik Fitts also posted a career-high tying 12 points. In his first game at the helm, USF will be led by interim head coach Murry Bartow. Coach Bartow brings 30 years of coaching experience to the Bulls, including 18 as head coach at UAB (1996-02) and East Tennessee State (2003-15). Learn more about Bartow HERE. The Opponent SMU is the hottest team in The American, having won its last nine consecutive contests. Earlier this week, the Mustangs defeated Temple, 79-65, on Wednesday. Three players totaled double figure points in the win. Offensively, SMU is averaging 72 points per game, including four players who are netting 10 points per game each (Semi Ojeleye, Shake Milton, Ben Moore, Sterling Brown). Comparatively, the Mustangs are yielding only 58 points per game. SMU is a perfect 10-0 at home this year. USF is behind, 7-3, in the all-time series with SMU. The Mustangs hold a 4-1 edge in Dallas and the Bulls will look to end SMU’s four-game winning streak in the series. Notables Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva(Brazil) has grabbed the fourth-most rebounds in The American (8.1). Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) is second in the conference in free throw percentage (.845). Junior forward Bo Zeigler (Detroit) is also second in field goal percentage in The American (.607). Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) has 102 blocks at USF, tied with Augustus Gilchrist (2008-12) for seventh most in program history. The Bulls have outrebounded their opponent in five of the last six contests. USF has outscored the opponent by 103 points in the paint this year. USF’s 21 offensive rebounds against ECU were the most for the program since snatching 22 against George Washington (Nov. 19, 2015). 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. 9 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. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, JAN. 4, 2017 – Murry Bartow, the new leading man for USF men’s basketball, plans to tirelessly teach in an effort to help the young Bulls reach their full potential. A day after leading the Bulls through a spirited practice for the first time, USF’s interim head coach talked about the plan he’s putting in place for the final 16 games of the regular season. “What I can promise (fans) is we’re going to work incredibly hard. Nobody is going to outwork us with what we do on a daily basis,” Bartow said Wednesday. “I think a lot of that starts with who we are off the floor and then bringing that on the floor. We’re going to grind, we’re going to work and I think you’ll see a team that will grow and get better over the coming weeks and the coming months.” Building a winning identity is something Bartow has done on a continuous basis in his 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Previously the coach of the year in the Southern Conference (2004) and Atlantic Sun (2007), Bartow has racked up 327 victories in his career that’s included 14 winning seasons. “I’m kind of a grinder, I’m a daily routine guy,” Bartow said. “I’m just going to take it day by day. I think the most important thing is investing every ounce of energy I’ve got with each player on the team. Working with that player individually, showing them tape, working with him off the floor, working with him on the floor.” Rest of article
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  15. Following Tuesday afternoon's practice, USF interim men's basketball coach Murry Bartow, promoted following the dismissal of Orlando Antigua, spoke to a couple of news outlets (including the Tampa Bay Times) inside the Muma Center. A bulk of the conversation is transcribed below. I know you can't read the players' minds, but what does the mood seem like among the team? "It was good today. I mean, any time there's a change it's not easy, there's a lot of emotions. But we had a great practice, guys were very upbeat and I thought we had a good day." So there seems to be a sense of optimism that this season can be salvaged? "Oh I think so. We've got a lot of good players, and we've got a lot of student-athletes that are hungry to be good. I saw a great energy today, it was a great enthusiasm today. We've obviously got a lot of work to do and keep building, but today was a good start." Did Coach Antigua have a chance to talk to the guys before he left? "I'm not sure if he did or he didn't. I don't think he did but I'm not sure." Rest of interview
  16. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2ifl6Jw Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Bulls Drop Conference Opener at ECU USF holds ECU to 16.7 percent shooting in the second half By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer GREENVILLE, N.C., DEC. 28, 2016 – USF put together a second half it can build on before falling at East Carolina, 60-49, in the conference opener Wednesday night. USF (6-6) limited ECU to 16.7 percent shooting after the break, the lowest total the Bulls have allowed in a half dating back to Feb. 3, 2013. USF held ECU scoreless from the field for the final 9:08of a second half that saw the Bulls outscore the Pirates, 32-26. Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) scored 13 of his team-high 18 points after the break and fell one point shy of matching his career high. Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) became just the ninth Bull in program history to total 100 blocks after swatting away shot No. 99, 100 and 101 against the Pirates. ECU (9-5) has won two in a row after starting Wednesday’s game on a 17-2 run. The Pirates headed into halftime with a 34-17 lead after scoring 20 points off 15 USF turnovers. The Bulls trailed by as many as 20 early on, but found itself down by only single digits before the midpoint of the second half. Thorpe scored nine points in the first nine minutes and his jumper cut USF’s deficit to 40-32 with 11:05 left to play. That’s as close the Bulls would get the rest of the way in their first game back from holiday break. After a slow start, USF committed just three turnovers in the second half and set a season-high with 21 offensive rebounds. The Bulls finished with a 47-38 advantage in total rebounds. Key Stat ECU scored 20 points off 15 USF turnovers on the way to a 34-17 halftime lead. Notables: Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) posted four points and three rebounds after missing the past four games with an injury. With 101 career blocks, Ruben Guerreroneeds just two more blocks to pass Augustus Gilchrist (2008-12) for eighth on the program's career blocks list. Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) grabbed a team-high 12 boards, including a career-high tying five offensive rebounds. USF set a season high with 21 offensive rebounds, outscoring ECU 18-6 on second chance points. Up Next: USF returns to the Sun Dome to host Houston on Saturday at noon. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com. Fans out of town can catch the game on ESPNU.
  17. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=211372198 USF Wraps Up Non-Conference Thursday vs. Delaware Matchup: USF (5-5) vs. Delaware (6-5) Date: Thursday, Dec. 22 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: ESPN3 (Drew Fellios, Mike O’Donnell) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats | Watch Game Notes: USF Notes | UD Notes TAMPA, DEC. 21, 2016 – USF will wrap-up the non-conference portion of its schedule on Thursday when it hosts Delaware at 7 p.m. in the Sun Dome. The Bulls (5-5), who will be playing their third game in five days, are coming off a 59-48 loss to Delaware on Tuesday. USF was led in scoring that game by freshman guard Michael Bibby (Phoenix) and junior forward Bo Zeigler (Detroit) with 10 points each. Leading the Bulls in scoring this season is junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) with 12.9 points per game, which ranks 16th in the American Athletic Conference. He also ranks fourth with 4.2 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game. Thursday’s game is a rematch of the first meeting in the series, a 67-58 win by the Blue Hens in Newark, Del., last season. The Opponent Delaware (6-5) is coming off a 59-56 win over Marist on Tuesday, which broke a two-game losing streak. Anthony Mosely leads a balanced roster with 11.6 points per game. Cazmon Hayes and Ryan Daly are each averaging 10.9 points per game. Four of Delaware’s six wins have come at home. They are 4-0 at home for the first time since 2011-12. Promotions Thursday’s is USF’s Giving Tree game. Fans can bring any unwrapped toy to Gate A to make someone smile this holiday season. Notables · Delaware leads the all-time series 1-0. · USF is 5-4 all-time against members from the Colonial Athletic Association. USF lost to CAA member Elon on Nov. 19. · Junior Bo Zeigler has made 19 of his last 24 field goal attempts and ranks fourth in the conference with a field goal percentage of 61.2 percent. He’s averaged 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds over the last three games. · USF has shot at least 42 percent from the field in all but two games this season. The Bulls rank fifth in the conference at 46.2 percent. In its first 10 games last season, USF was shooting 39.1 percent. · USF is shooting 37.0 percent from 3-point range which ranks fourth in the conference. Through 10 games last season, the Bulls were at 22.7 percent. · Freshman forward Tulio Da Silva ranks sixth in the conference with 8.0 rebounds per game. He is second in the conference among freshmen in scoring with 10.5 points per game. · 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 Dec. 26 from World of Beer on Fowler Ave. Join head coach Orlando Antigua 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. Up Next USF has a short break for the holiday before opening conference play at East Carolina on Dec. 28.
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  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2hWrynx USF Hosts No. 16/15 South Carolina Saturday Matchup: USF (5-3) vs. South Carolina (8-1) Date: Saturday, Dec. 17 Time: 1 p.m. ET Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) Watch: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Pete Gillen) Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) Follow: Listen | Stats Game Notes: USF Notes | USC Notes TAMPA, DEC. 16, 2016 – USF’s men’s basketball team will host No. 16/15 South Carolina, the highest ranked non-conference team in three seasons to play in the Sun Dome, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Not since No. 5 Oklahoma State played on Nov. 26, 2013 has a higher ranked team visited the Sun Dome. The Bulls (5-3) will be looking for its first win over an AP Top 25 team since a 58-51 win at No. 19 Louisville on Feb. 29, 2012. USF is coming off an incredible comeback against Bethune-Cookman on Monday. The Bulls, who trailed by 19 points with 5:09 left in the first half, scored the last 13 points of regulation to force overtime and win the game 79-73. In his second game of the season, sophomore guard Jahmal McMurray (Topeka, Kan.) scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half and overtime. Junior forward Bo Zeigler (Detroit) made his first 10 field goal attempts and exploded for 20 points, which tied his career high. McMurray leads the Bulls with an average of 18 points per game. Leading the rebounding effort this season has been freshman forward Tulio Da Silva. The Brazilian ranks third in the American Athletic Conference with 8.5 rebounds per game. His 11.5 points per game ranks 26th, second among freshmen in The American USF is coming off another superb shooting performance with a 51.8 percent effort from the floor against Bethune-Cookman. The Bulls have shot over 42 percent from the field in all but one game this season and over 49 percent in the last four games. USF ranks second in the conference with an overall field goal percentage of 48.4. By comparison, through eight games last season, USF was shooting 40.9 percent. The Bulls’ improvement is also noticeable from 3-point range. USF is shooting 36.9 percent from beyong-the-arc, an improvement from 24.3 percent last season through eight games. The Opponent After being picked to finish eighth in the Southeastern Conference Preseason Poll, South Carolina (8-1) is currently ranked 15th in the Coaches Poll and 16th in the AP Top 25. It is its highest ranking since ending the 1997-98 season at No. 14. The Gamecocks are coming off their first loss of the season, 67-64, vs. Seton Hall on Monday at the Under Armour Reunion, held at Madison Square Garden. USC has been solid defensively this season, holding its opponents under 40 percent shooting in seven of its nine games. Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell leads the Gamecocks in points (18.7), rebounds (6.7) and assists (4.1). USC announced on Dec. 4 that Thornwell has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of athletic department policy. He has not played in the team’s past two games. Notables The game is themed Uniendo Los Toros, which in English means “Uniting The Bulls,” where the Bulls will wear special “Los Toros” uniforms for a Latino Celebration/Appreciation Game. The game pits two of the three Latino head coaches in NCAA Division I men’s basketball in USF’s Orlando Antigua and South Carolina’s Frank Martin. Miami’s Jim Larranaga is the other. The first 300 fans in the building will be given a free Los Toros t-shirt and free pizza will be available in the student club for all USF students. The War On I-4 Trophy will be on display during the pregame of Saturday’s contest at Gate A. USF football players will also be available for autographs during that time. Also before the game, Guerrero will be presented the NCAA Male Sportsmanship Award after being named the winner in August. Notables · USC leads the all-time series over USF, 4-1. · Last season’s meeting in Columbia resulted in an 81-63 win by the Gamecocks on Dec. 5, 2015. · USF is 10-42 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference. · Junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) is averaging 13.9 points per game, which ranks 14th in The American. His 5.0 assists per game ranks fourth in the conference and his 1.6 steals ranks third. · Orlando Antigua is 0-3 all-time against Top 25 teams with each meeting coming last season. USF lost to No. 1 Kentucky, 84-63, on Nov. 27, 2015... No. 17 SMU in Dallas, 77-58, on Jan. 2, 2016... No. 12 SMU in Tampa, 92-58, on Feb. 7, 2016. · Last season, USF was limited with who could be counted on to make a 3-point shot. Only three players, Jahmal McMurray (73), Nehemias Morillo (34) and Angel Nunez (23), made more than two 3-pointers last season. This year, five players, McMurray, Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.), Michael Bibby (Phoenix), Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Geno Thorpe, have already hit more than two 3-pointers. · 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 next on Dec. 26 from World of Beer on Fowler Ave. Join head coach Orlando Antigua 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. Up Next In the penultimate game before Christmas Day, USF hosts Northern Illinois (4-5), Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2h2A0UA McMurray Named to Conference Honor Roll The sophomore guard averaged at team-high 22.5 points in a 1-1 week for the Bulls TAMPA, DEC. 19, 2016 – Sophomore guard Jahmal McMurray was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll after averaging 22.5 points in the past two games for USF. The Topeka, Kan. native, shot 45.5 percent from the field, including 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range. McMurray scored 20 points, including seven in overtime, to lead USF to a 79-73 win over Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 12. He scored 25 points and shot 5-of-7 from 3-point range in a 77-66 loss to No. 16/15 South Carolina on Saturday. McMurray, a preseason all-conference selection, has averaged a team-best 20.3 points in his three games played this season. It was the third-career honor roll selection for McMurray and the third time a USF player has been recognized by the conference this season. Freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) was the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on Nov. 21 and junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) was named to the honor roll on Nov. 11. McMurray and the Bulls (5-4) return to the Sun Dome on Tuesday when they host Northern Illinois (6-5) at 7 p.m.