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  1. TAMPA, June 7, 2019 – Head coach Jose Fernandez has announced the newest signee to the USF women's basketball program, Elena Tsineke from Thessaloniki, Greece. Tsineke is a five-star recruit, rated by PassionHoops and BlueStar Europe. "Elena's ability to get to the basket and put pressure on the defense will complement our outside game," Fernandez said. "Add in her ability to play off of the ball, Elena is going to give us depth across a lot of positions." The 5-foot-7 guard has signed to play for the Bulls and will join the roster for the 2019 season. Tsineke is an experienced international player, earning a spot on Greece's U18 National Team, and playing in the 2017 FIBA U18 Women's European Championship. She has played with club team Niki Lefkadas, a premier club team in Greece. She will play with Greece's U20 national team and senior national team this year. Rest of article
  2. TAMPA, JUNE 6, 2019 – The USF men's basketball team will face its first opponents since winning the 2019 College Basketball Invitational later this summer when the Bulls travel to Canada August 3-9 for the team's Foreign Tour. USF begins play Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. when the Bulls face the University of Quebec from Meagher Arena in Montreal. The Citadins finished the 2017-18 season with an 8-8 record in conference on their way to an appearance in the conference tournament finals. Center Alex Lochard was named the conference and National Rookie of the Year after leading the league with 18.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Last summer, the Citadins faced two NCAA teams and were defeated by both Vermont and Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bulls will next make the short trip to Quebec City, Quebec, and play Laval University at PEPS Arena. Laval posted a 5-11 record last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Sam Houston State transfer Marc-Andre Fortin is the top returner for Laval after earning Second Team All-Conference honors a season ago. Fortin was selected to play team Team Canada this summer in Naples, Italy. Laval was victorious against NCAA foes South Carolina State and Florida A&M last summer. USF's toughest task north of the border comes Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. against Carleton from Place Bell Arena in Montreal. Carleton owns a 44-31 all-time record against NCAA teams and defeated Vanderbilt twice and Alabama once in 2017. In addition, the Ravens have only lost one regular season game over the last three seasons and have won 14 national championships and 11 conference championships over the last 17 years. Rest of article
  3. TAMPA, MAY 29, 2019 – Head coach Jose Fernandez and USF women's basketball have signed Mihaela Lazic, a guard out of Slavonski Brod, Croatia, to a National Letter of Intent. The 5-foot-6 guard is an experienced international player, having played in the FIBA 2017 and 2018 European Championships. In 2018, she averaged 7.9 points per game, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists over seven games. She posted double-figure scoring outings four times and four or more assists on three occasions. In 2017 at the European Championship, she posted 8.1 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game. "Lazic is a dynamic guard that will give us depth in multiple positions and allow us to continue our tradition of outstanding guard play," Fernandez said. Lazic joins a stacked recruiting class that Fernandez will bring to Tampa in 2019. The incoming class will consist of freshmen Kristyna Brabencova (Brno, Czech Republic), and Maria Alvarez (Bal Harbour, Fla.), while junior college transfer Bethy Mununga (Belgium) will join the Bulls as a junior. Rest of article
  4. TAMPA, APRIL 26, 2019 – USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly sits down with USF radio host Darek Sharp to talk about numerous notable program topics during Kelly's 12th Bull Speed Ahead podcast. FOOTBALL ADDS BOISE STATE SERIES TO FUTURE SCHEDULES: Kelly talks about USF's new agreement with Boise State University to play a home-and-home football series starting in 2025. The Bulls and Broncos will meet for the first time on Aug. 30, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. USF will travel to Boise, Idaho on Sept. 11, 2027 for a contest on the famous blue turf of Albertsons Stadium (36,387). Learn more HERE. USF FOOTBALL ALUMNI REUNION: Kelly shares his thoughts on the USF Football Alumni Reunion that took place the weekend of the USF Spring Game. More than 70 Bulls who helped lay the foundation for the program had a blast reconnecting during the banquet inside the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center before the group watched the current Bulls compete at Corbett Stadium the next day. Read all about the USF Football Alumni Reunion HERE. MEN'S TENNIS WINS CONFERENCE TITLE: Kelly commends head coach Ashley Fisher's men's tennis team that qualified for the NCAA tournament in thrilling fashion by rallying past top-seeded rival UCF in the American Athletic Conference Championship title match in Orlando on April 21. USF has won five conference tournament titles since joining The American. The women's team under coach Cristina Moros also reached their four conference tournament final since joining The American. Rest of article
  5. Ladies lost in their championship match to the Kanigits but men add another Spring trophy ... ORLANDO, April 21, 2019 – Third-seeded USF continued its dominance of the American Athletic Conference Championship, mounting a dramatic comeback win over top-seeded UCF, 4-3, Sunday at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona to claim the program's fifth title in six seasons in The American. The victory secured an NCAA Tournament bid for the Bulls. Senior Alberto Barroso-Campos (Montijo, Spain), ranked No. 18 nationally, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after his defeat of No. 35-ranked Gabriel Decamps, 6-1, 6-4, on court one on Sunday to finish the tournament 3-0 in singles with three straight-set victories. Barroso-Campos is now 20-2 in the season. "This is a very special group of guys", says head coach, Ashley Fisher, "and what's exiting is they just keep growing and getting tougher". With wins over sixth-seeded Memphis, fourth-seeded Temple and the top seed UCF, the Bulls improved to 17-1 in the conference tournament, having reached the championship match every season. This title victory came with a lot of grit, as USF trailed 2-0 early before battling back to win four singles matches. USF clinched its fifth American Athletic Conference title on the racket of freshman Chase Ferguson (Melbourne, Australia) who battled for a three-set victory on court two. Ferguson won the first set vs. Alan Rubio, 6-1, but fell in the second, 4-6, to force a third set with the Bulls leading 3-2 and two close matches in progress. Fighting ferociously, the freshman clinched the win with a 6-1 finish in the third. No. 28-ranked UCF (12-9, 5-0) fought for an early lead in doubles. USF's Ferguson and Sergio Gomez Montesa (Valencia, Spain) won on court three, 6-4, but the Knights answered with a court two victory over Ivan Yatsuk (Minsk, Belarus) and Jakub Wojcik (Delray Beach, Fla.), 7-5. A seven-point tiebreaker was forced on the premiere court where the No. 16-ranked doubles duo of Trey Hilderbrand and Bogdan Pavel beat the No. 87-ranked tandem of Barroso-Campos and Pierre Luquet (Draguignan, France), 7-6 (2), to deliver the Knights the doubles point. No. 46-ranked USF (16-7, 5-1) entered singles action down a point and saw their deficit increase with a court five loss by Gomez Montesa, 6-0, 6-4. Luquet responded with a big win on court three, 6-2, 6-0, to mark his 14th victory of the season and put USF on the board. Rest of story Footie posted the streaming video of the championship earlier on the AAC board
  6. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2UTTEr8 MATCHUP: USF at FGCU SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Fort Myers, Fla., Swanson Stadium FOLLOW: Live stats |Twitter updates @USFBaseball RADIO LINK: BullsUnlimited WATCH: YouTube Bulls Head to Fort Myers For Wednesday Matchup at FGCU USF erupted for 15 runs on 20 hits against the Eagles on April 2 TAMPA, April 23, 2019 – The USF baseball team travels to FGCU for a Wednesday night contest. The Bulls (18-20) gained some momentum over the weekend with a sweep of The Citadel. The offense was in full command, totaling 28 runs on 35 hits, batting .340 as a team. Senior Kyle Phillips (Orlando) batted .455 over the weekend with eight runs scored. Classmate Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) had 10 RBI in the three games, batting .417 with a homer and two doubles. Nota-Bulls Genord is third on USF’s all-time list with 43 career home runs. He’s hitting a team best .346 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI. He had a career high six RBI against The Citadel on Saturday. Phillips has a 10 game hitting streak, batting .356 over the time. USF has been bashing during midweek games this year, hitting .313 as a team in eight contests. Genord is clubbing .585 in those games and Phillips is hitting .472. Redshirt sophomore Jake Sullivan (Tampa) is batting .324 over the last 10 games and .310 on the year. Junior Jordan Santos (Tampa) is batting .342 over the last 10 and senior Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) is hitting .344 during the stretch. Chatfield had a grand slam and six RBI with three hits against the Bulldogs on Thursday. The Matchup Wednesday will be the 18th all-time meeting in the series between the Bulls and Eagles. The Bulls trounced FGCU on April 2, 15-4, tallying 20 hits in a game for the first time since Feb. 16, 2013 vs. Purdue. In total, 10 different Bulls recorded a hit and 12 guys reached base safely. Genord had three hits with a grand slam in the win. Phillips and junior Austin Bodrato (Northvale, N.J.) also had three hits. The series is tied in Fort Myers, 4-4. USF hasn't played the Eagles on the road since 2017. Know the Foe The Eagles (27-13, 9-3 ASUN) are coming off of a sweep against Jacksonville and enter Wednesday leading the ASUN in hitting (.285), home runs (33), hits (387) and scoring (7.1). Alex Brait leads five Eagles hitting above .300 at .347 on the year with 39 runs. Jay Hayes is hitting .343 with a league best 15 doubles and is second in the ASUN with 40 RBI. Righty Sebastian Gruszecki will start Wednesday. He’s 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA, making one start in 16 appearances. Closer Hunter McGarry has eight saves on the year and a 2.64 ERA. Bulls Bits DID YOU KNOW?: USF has the only Division I coaching staff in the state of Florida in which every member was selected in the MLB Draft – head coach Billy Mohl (2006, Philadelphia); assistants Chuck Jeroloman (2004, Boston), Chris Cates (2007, Minnesota), Brian Jeroloman(2006, Toronto). The Bulls' coaching staff has a combined 25 years of playing experience in pro baseball.
  7. BULLS STRENGTHEN PROGRAM BOND AT USF FOOTBALL ALUMNI REUNION April 19, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterTAMPA, APRIL 18, 2019 – More than 70 Bulls who helped lay the foundation for the program were welcomed back to campus with open arms last weekend during the USF Football Reunion.USF inaugural 1997 season team members Edwin Greene, Keith Williams, Bryan Freese, Emerson Morris, Anthony Williams, Brian McNulty, Marshall Smith, Mike Sandy and David Thompson had a blast spending time with Bulls from all the way up to the 2018 roster at the reunion banquet last Friday evening inside the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center. Chad Barnhardt, USF's first-ever starting quarterback, and Jay Mize (Bulls DB from 1997-2000) joined the group at the USF Spring Game last Saturday at Corbett Stadium."Getting everybody back and everybody excited about the football program, I think it's going to do wonders," said former star defensive end George Selvie, who played six NFL seasons after setting the USF career sacks record with 29. The attendance list was loaded with more household program names like Nate Allen, Sam Barrington, B.J. Daniels, S.J. Green, Nigel Harris, Amarri Jackson, Mike Jenkins, Taurus Johnson, Jerome Murphy, Auggie Sanchez, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kayvon Webster, Carlton Williams and Kion Wilson among many others."The crowd is so big right now," said Jenkins, a USF defensive back from 2005-07 who went on to play eight seasons in the NFL. "You've got guys from 2003. You have guys that are from 2018 in here. It's just beautiful to see everybody come together to just kind of talk and reminisce."Webster, a standout USF cornerback from 2009-12, was one of numerous Bulls football alums who stayed for the spring game on Saturday. Prior to watching the current squad, the six-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl 50 champion was excited to catch up with familiar faces at the reunion event hosted by the Bulls Club."I haven't seen some of these guys in years, since I graduated from USF in 2013," Webster said.Webster was one of 17 current or former pro players to attend the unforgettable reunion event. Among that group was current Toronto Argonauts wideout S.J. Green, a USF standout from 2003-06 who has racked up 9,183 receiving yards and 56 touchdowns in 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League."It's an awesome event to see all the former Bulls players, coaches and some administrative guys all in the same place at the same time," Green said. "It just brings back a lot of good memories. It's a great place to be right now." All the former players in attendance received many words of appreciation from Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly and head coach Charlie Strong, who was accompanied by the Bulls current coaching staff. Kelly made sure to mention each Bull had a hand in helping the program become the fastest Florida program to reach 150 wins, which brought back memories of many big-time victories.One popular game in conversations was USF's upset win over No. 5 West Virginia back in 2007. Starting free safety Allen made a game-high 11 tackles and had two takeaways in the Bulls' landmark victory. To this day, Allen still gets excited about the rowdy crowd of 67,018 that packed Raymond James Stadium on the memorable Friday night in Tampa."Ray Jay was sold out. It was a night game on ESPN," said Allen, who is retired from football after playing eight NFL seasons. "I remember after we won, the crowd and the students stormed the field. I'll never forget that feeling. There were people falling over the wall, getting down onto the field, and it really felt like a big-time college (game). It was awesome."Three weeks after that win, USF was ranked No. 2 nationally and the Bulls from that team are still proud about strengthening the Bulls' brand across the country."Being that type of team that was the underdog, we just rose up," Selvie said. "It was just a great story for this program."Although it wasn't a monumental victory on the field, last Friday's reunion was an important moment for USF football. From now on, past players – no matter their era – know they have an open invitation to come back, as Strong reiterated in front of the large, united group."This is definitely a special moment for USF history," said Kion Wilson, who made 171 tackles as a Bulls linebacker from 2008-09. "… Getting the guys back together - the foundation of this organization, the guys who've kind of paved the way – I think it's just a great opportunity for everybody to be together and share this moment." Link
  8. Just got home and a couple of initial impressions. 1. Offense spreads the ball around with a lot of misdirection and gets play makers in space 2. McLeod and Battle looked better than Barnett 3. Defense still sucks... 4. Crowd was pretty good and USF stepped it up with a lot of pregame festivities 5. Free wings from WOB...nuff said Go Bulls!
  9. USF'S OFFENSE PUTS ON A SHOW IN SCRIMMAGE IN CLEARWATER April 06, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer CLEARWATER, Fla., APRIL 6, 2019 – USF's offense used the second scrimmage of the spring to show just how explosive it can be in new coordinator Kerwin Bell's system. All three quarterbacks took turns throwing touchdown passes on a sunny Saturday that saw the Bulls produce eight total scores, much to the enjoyment of a solid crowd of supporters at Clearwater Central Catholic High School. "What Kerwin has tried to do is just implement something each and every day," head coach Charlie Strong said. "Now, he's beginning to put it all together." Three weeks into spring ball, the Bulls proved they're making notable progress picking up Bell's system that helped national champion Valdosta State lead NCAA Division II in scoring offense with 52.0 points per game last season. For starters, Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif.) produced the first fireworks Saturday with a 22-yard touchdown pass to slot receiver/running back Johnny Ford (Miami). Barnett found Ford again on an 18-yard touchdown connection during USF's four-score showing in red zone work at the end of the open practice for fans. "Running this offense, I feel like it's really dynamic for us. It gives us a chance to get our playmakers the ball and keep the defense on their toes," said starting quarterback Blake Barnett. "There's unlimited .... Rest of Story And by the way, it's a very long report by Tom Zebold.
  10. BULLS RETURN TO POSTSEASON, HOST STONY BROOK WEDNESDAY IN CBI March 17, 2019 Story Links 2019 CBI Bracket (PDF) TAMPA, MARCH 17, 2019 – The USF men's basketball team makes its return to the postseason for the first time since 2012, as the Bulls were selected to play in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational and will host Stony Brook Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center. USF season ticket members will receive an email Sunday night allowing them the opportunity to keep their same seats for Wednesday's game. Single-game tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday at noon and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. All 100 level seats can be purchased for $17 and all 200 level seats will be sold for $12. USF students will receive free admission thanks to the generosity of the USF Bulls Club members. USF will also provide a live BullsVision video stream of the game on www.GoUSFBulls.com and it can be heard live on 820 AM and the Bulls Unlimited channel on iHeartRadio. The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a single-elimination tournament consisting of 16 teams that compete on home courts. The championship is determined through a best two-out-of-three series format featuring the final two teams that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The 2019 CBI field includes USF, Stony Brook, West Virginia, Grand Canyon, Coastal Carolina, Howard, Utah Valley, Cal State Northridge, DePaul, Central Michigan, Longwood, Southern Miss, Cal Baptist, Loyola Marymount, Brown and UAB. "We're excited to have the opportunity to play in the postseason and continue to build upon what we've already accomplished this year," USF head coach Brian Gregory said. "Our players have worked extremely hard from the outset of the season to compete in postseason play. This tournament is a quality step in our process and will provide our team with valuable experience that we can use in years to come, and we can't wait to get back in front of our fans on Wednesday at the Yuengling Center." USF (19-13) is in the midst of one of its greatest seasons in school history and has already tied for the fifth-most single-season wins in program history. The Bulls also finished the regular season with eight wins in American Athletic Conference play to mark its most in league history, which is also tied for the amount of AAC wins over the previous three years combined. The Bulls will be competing in the postseason for the 12th time in program history and making their first appearance in the CBI. USF has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and eight trips to the NIT. Individually, redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) was named the 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year to become the first such winner in USF school history. Forward Alexis Yetna (Paris) was tabbed the 2019 AAC Freshman of the Year to mark the first time USF has featured a Freshman of the Year since 1979, when the Bulls were a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Sophomore David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) and Rideau were both named All-Conference Third Team to become the first two Bulls in AAC history to be named all-conference. Yetna was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, joining Collins as the only two Bulls in school history to be named to the AAC all-freshman team. Stony Brook (24-8, 12-4) finished in second place in the America East Conference but was upset in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by Binghamton. The Seawolves are led by First Team All-Conference member Akwasi Yeboah, who led the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) during the campaign that featured wins over a Southeastern Conference opponent (South Carolina) and a pair of Atlantic 10 opponents (Rhode Island and George Washington). Stony Brook also defeated Northern Iowa, who advanced to the championship game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Stony Brook also features the Sixth Man of the Year in the America East, redshirt-sophomore Andrew Garcia and the Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore Jeff Otchere. To stay up-to-date on the latest USF men's' basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  11. Bulls Face UConn in AAC Tournament Opener March 13, 2019 Story Links Game Notes (PDF) Matchup: USF (19-12, 8-10) vs. UConn (15-16, 6-12) Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 1 p.m. EST Location: Memphis, Tenn. | FedEx Forum TV: ESPNU (Mike Corey, Tim Welsh) Radio: AM 820 | USF Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall) Follow: Listen | Watch | Live Stats | Twitter TAMPA, MARCH 12, 2019 – The USF men's basketball team begins postseason play Thursday at 1 p.m. (EST) when the eighth-seeded Bulls face No. 9 seed UConn in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. USF (19-12) and UConn will matchup for the third time this season and for the third time in conference tournament history. The Bulls won game one earlier this season behind 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals from redshirt junior guard Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Rideau is second on the team with 12.9 points per game and leads The American with 5.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game. He was named The American Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday and also secured a spot on the All-Conference Third Team. UConn (15-16) took game two earlier this month and used 16 points and nine rebounds from Josh Carlton en route to a 60-58 victory. Sophomore David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 17 points and dished out four assists for the Bulls. Overall, Collins leads USF with 15.3 points per game and stands 20th in the NCAA with 170 made free throws, which is also good for the third-most in school history and fifth-most in conference history. On Monday, Collins was named to the All-Conference Third Team to join Rideau as the only two Bulls in school history to be selected all-conference in The American. AAC Freshman of the Year Alexis Yetna (Paris) added 15 points and eight rebounds in the last game against UConn and enters the postseason tops in The American in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and double-doubles (11). Yetna also stands third on USF with 12.1 points per game and was named a unanimous selection to The American All-Freshman Team. His 277 rebounds thus far this season are the second-most by a freshman in conference history and his 9.6 rebounds per game stands as the second-best single-season average among any player in league history. THE OPPONENT UConn (15-16) has won two of its last three games after closing the regular season with an 82-73 win Sunday at ECU to claim its first road win of the season. The Huskies had lost six in a row before their victory over USF on March 3. As a team, UConn is fourth in The American in scoring with 74.5 points per game. Senior guard Jalen Adams paces the UConn offense with 16.9 points per game and returned from injury Sunday to score 13 points to go along with 12 assists against the Pirates. Fellow guard Christian Vital adds 14.1 points per game and had made a team-high 72 three-pointers, while Carlton is tops on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. QUOTABLE Head coach Brian Gregory on the matchup with UConn: "Polley has been shooting the ball extremely well for them over the last few games, but the big change for them has been Carlton inside. He's been tremendous. You just see him starting to blossom in the new system, and the last three games he's averaging over 20 points a game. He's rebounding the ball well on the offensive end and he hurt us in the first half in the game in Storrs. They are dynamic on the perimeter and they are dynamic in transition. Jalen Adams played the other day and he was sensational and he's one of the best guards in the league. We have to do a great job in our transition defense and we've got to guard the post because that's a new dimension to their offense." NOTABLE • USF is 3-21 against UConn in the all-time series that dates back to the 1972-73 season. • USF has won nine more games than it did last year and is tied for the sixth-best win improvement in the NCAA. • USF is one win away from only the program's fifth 20-win season and first since the 2011-12 season. • Laquincy Rideau is the first player in USF history to win a Defensive Player of the Year award. • USF is the only school in the NCAA to have its conference leader in rebounds, assists and steals. • USF redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna has more double-doubles (11) than six teams in The American. • Laquincy Rideau ranks seventh in the NCAA and first in The American with 2.9 steals per game. • Alexis Yetna leads The American and ranks 27th in the NCAA with 9.6 rebounds per game. • USF is ranked 10th in the NCAA and second in The American with a +7.4 rebounding margin. • USF has attempted the most free throws in the NCAA (860) and has made the sixth-most in the NCAA (551). • Laquincy Rideau looks to become the first player in AAC history to lead in assists and steals in the same season. • Laquincy Rideau already holds the American Athletic Conference single-season steals record with 80. • USF ranks fifth in the NCAA with 14.3 offensive rebounds per game.
  12. USF SELECTED AS PRESEASON FAVORITE BY CONFERENCE COACHES January 09, 2019 PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 9, 2019 – Following an American Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2019, USF was picked to finish first by the conference coaches in the 2019 preseason poll, the league announced Wednesday. USF received a total of 45 votes with four first place votes to clinch the top spot in the poll. USF will return to the diamond after the program's 14th trip to the NCAA tournament in 2018 with the reigning American Athletic Conference co-Pitcher and Rookie of the year Georgina Corrick. USF also boasts The American coaching staff of the year, head coach Ken Eriksen and assistant coaches Jessica Moore and Laura Ricciardone, who will continue to lead the program in 2019. Wichita State and Houston check in with the second and third spots in the poll. The Shockers earned three first place votes for a total of 43 points, and the Cougars had 41 points with one first place vote. Tulsa ranks fourth in the poll after winning its third-consecutive American Athletic Conference Championship last May. The 2019 softball season begins Thursday, Feb. 7 while conference play starts Friday, Mar. 22, at home for USF. The 2019 American Softball Championship will take place May 9-11 at Cougar Softball Stadium in Houston, Texas. Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women's College World Series in 2012. – #GoBulls –
  13. Bulls' Seven-Game Win Streak Snapped at Tulsa in Dramatic Fashion By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TULSA, Okla., JAN. 5, 2019 – David Collins' clutch bucket from long range with 4.4 seconds left tied things up before Tulsa beat the buzzer with a three of its own to hand the rallying Bulls a 78-75 loss on Saturday night. USF (11-3, 1-1 in AAC) trailed by nine with 1:12 remaining and almost had a chance at extending its winning streak to eight for the first time since the 1982-83 season. Curran Scott's three-pointer helped Tulsa (11-4, 1-1) escape with a victory in a game that saw the Bulls outrebound the Golden Hurricane and dominate in points in the paint by a 42-18 margin. Making only nine field goals in the second half, Tulsa did its damage at the free throw line, going 30 for 37 overall and 19-for-26 after the break. Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) scored a team-high 19 points, dished out seven assists and totaled five steals in USF's first loss since Nov. 24. Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half while redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna (Paris) produced his conference-leading seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Seeking its first-ever win over Tulsa, USF headed into the halftime trailing, 36-31, and kept things close by scoring 18 points in the paint through the first 20 minutes. USF used an 8-0 run to take the lead when T.J. Lang's three-pointer spotted the Bulls a 12-10 advantage just over five minutes into the action. Tulsa jumped ahead by 10 with 2:38 to play in the opening half before USF cut its deficit in half by making its final four field goals down the stretch. USF trailed by 11 with 6:20 remaining and mounted its furious comeback in the final 1:12 by sinking four of its final five shots from the field. That was on top of Collins and Rideau going a combined 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Quotable Head coach Brian Gregory's thoughts on the rallying Bulls' first loss in the past eight games: "It was obviously a great game. We did some things out of character a little bit for us, but the one thing that was in character was we just kept fighting. There were so things not going so well and some difficulty in terms of the foul situation in the first half – a lot of free throws. We just kind of hung in there and kept fighting, and did some really good things at the end, really good execution." Gregory on Tulsa's final sequence of the game: "Taplin is their guy that they go (to) to score that and we made him throw an extra pass to a 25 percent three-point shooter and he made it, to that kid's credit. There are no moral victories. Our team is getting better and we've got some things we need to improve on. We've got a day off and we've got to bounce back and get ready for Wednesday." Key Stats 42 – USF dominated in points in the paint by a 42-18 margin. 30 – Tulsa made its greatest impact at the free throw line, going 30-for-37 overall and 19-for-26 in the second half. 20 – USF scored 20 points off 16 Tulsa turnovers. Notable USF was shooting for its first eight-game winning streak since the 1982-83 season. The Bulls were in search of their first 2-0 start to league play since the 2001-02 season when USF was in Conference USA. Laquincy Rideau finished with five steals after heading into Saturday's game ranking seventh in the NCAA with 2.8 steals per outing. Up Next USF returns to the Yuengling Center to host Tulane on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 Web Release: http://bit.ly/2QmaFTG USF to Open Conference Play at Temple USF women’s basketball will begin conference play on Saturday at Temple in a 3 p.m. tip Matchup: USF Bulls (9-5) vs. Temple Owls (4-8) Date: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 Time: 3 p.m. ET Location: McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia Broadcast: CBS Sports Network (Darren Goldwater & Swin Cash) Radio: AM 1040, Bulls Unlimited (Darek Sharp) Live Stats: StatBroadcast Twitter Updates:@USFWBB TAMPA, Fla. Jan. 4, 2019 – USF women’s basketball will travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple in the American Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET at McGonigle Hall. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. USF (9-5) takes wins over Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 opponents into conference play and a perfect 7-0 record at home in the Yuengling Center this season. The contest at Temple will be USF’s third true road game of the season, and USF is 1-1 in true road games in 2018-19. Laura Ferreira (Lisboa, Portugal), leads USF with 15.8 points per game this season and Alyssa Rader (Thornton, Colo.) leads the Bulls on the boards with 7.9 per contest. USF is without Beatriz Jordao (Pombal, Portugal) who will forego the rest of the 2018-19 season due to injury. But USF announced on Sunday 5-foot-11 freshman wing Luize Septe (Ventspils, Latvia) will join the Bulls in a mid-year roster addition. Harvey’s Hot from the Charity Stripe Sydni Harvey (Nashville, Tenn.) is hitting 90 percent of her shots from the free-throw line, a conference leading statistic. She has made 46-of-51 free throws in 14 games this season. Boards for the Bulls Rebounding has been the secret weapon for the Bulls, who are out-performing opponents on the boards by 12.4 per game, good enough for tenth nationally. USF is also sixth nationally in rebounding with 621 total rebounds on the year. The Opponent Temple Owls Temple is coming off of a one-point loss at Duquesne, a 53-54 setback on Wednesday night. The Owls have two scorers in double figures, Mia Davis with 19.3 points per game paces Temple while Aliya Butts is averaging 14.9 points per game. Davis also leads the Owls on the boards with 9.5 per game. Temple owns wins over Delaware State, Saint Joseph’s, Iona, and La Salle this season. The Owls have faced two ranked opponents in South Carolina and Miami and both delivered losses to Temple. In the all-time series against Temple, USF owns an 11-2 advantage. USF has won its conference opener for the last four years. Notable · Rebounding is a key for USF, who is out-performing opponents on the boards by 12.4, a good enough margin for tehth nationally. · USF is sixth in the nation in total rebounds with 621 this season. · Luize Septe joined the roster on Dec. 30, 2018, a 5-foot-11 freshma wing from Ventspils, Latvia. · USF has won its conference opener for the last four years. · USF sunk a season-high 12 three-pointers and scored a season-high 102 points against Vermont. USF is the first AAC team to reach the century mark this season. · Laura Ferreira is USF’s leading scorer this season with 15.8 points per game, boosted by her 34-point game over Oklahoma, which leads The American for a single-game point total by an individual. USF posted a perfect nonconference record of 7-0 at home in the Yuengling Center, and took down three opponents who advanced to the NCAA tournament last year Follow the Action The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Darren Goldwater on the call and Swin Cash adding color. Fans can follow the action with live radio on Bulls Unlimited and AM 1040 with Darek Sharp back on the call. Live stats will be available on StatBroadcast. Up Next USF will return home for the War on I-4 when the Bulls take on UCF on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in a white-out game where fans are invited to wear white.
  15. BEATRIZ JORDAO TO MISS REMAINDER OF 2018-19 SEASON WITH INJURY January 03, 2019 TAMPA, Fla. Jan. 3, 2019 – USF women's basketball freshman center Beatriz Jordao (Pombal, Portugal), a strong presence in the paint and efficient shooter for the Bulls, will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season due to a leg injury. Jordao has battled the injury in her left leg since late in November and it previously caused her to miss games against Grambling State (Dec. 15) and Vermont (Dec. 17). The decision to forgo the remainder of the season was made this week when Jordao's injury progressed. "This has been difficult for Beatriz, who has been a major contributor to our program in her first season and has a very bright future," head coach Jose Fernandez said. "She will take the time she needs to recover and allow the injury to heal and we will support her through this process. Losing Beatriz is another tough blow for our team, but we remain resilient and focused on our goals this season." The 6-foot-3 center from Portugal averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds through 12 games with the Bulls, and was named The American Freshman of the Week twice this season. She earned the honor once after posting a double-double in her debut in USF's win over Ohio State, and again when she scored a game-high 14 points in 17 minutes in USF's dominating win over George Washington. In her last contest against LSU, Jordao saw just nine minutes of action. USF has 10 healthy players for the remaining 16 American Athletic Conference games following the loss of Jordao and two-time honorable mention All-American Kitija Laksa. USF announced the addition of Luize Septe on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. The Bulls commence conference play on Saturday afternoon at Temple at 3 p.m.
  16. Bulls Welcome UConn To Open League Play December 31, 2018 Game Notes (PDF) Matchup: USF (10-2) vs. UConn (9-4)Date: Wednesday, Jan. 2Time: 8:30 p.m. ESTLocation: Tampa, Fla. | Yuengling CenterTV: CBS Sports Network (Ben Holden, Mike O'Donnell)Radio: AM 820 | USF Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston)Follow: Listen | Watch | Live Stats | TwitterTAMPA, DEC. 31, 2018 – The USF men's basketball team closes a three-game homestand and begins American Athletic Conference play Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. when the Bulls welcome UConn to the Yuengling Center for a matchup on CBS Sports Network.The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free white t-shirt and all fans are encouraged to wear white.USF (10-2) ran its winning streak to six on Saturday following a 60-54 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson behind 16 points and 16 rebounds from redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna (Paris). Yetna leads The American and ranks seventh in the NCAA with 10.9 rebounds per game and has featured seven games with double digit rebounds. Yetna also paces the conference with seven double-doubles and leads in offensive rebounds with 3.8 per game. Sophomore Justin Brown (Birmingham, Ala.) added 12 points, six rebounds and make three 3-pointers against the Knights to continue a hot stretch of shooting. Brown, who has made a team-best 22 three-pointers, is shooting 71.4 percent (10-for-14) from down town over his last three games. Overall, Brown averages 9.3 points per game and shoots 43.1 percent from beyond the arc.David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 10 points to go along with a career-high eight rebounds on Saturday and continues to serve as the offensive catalyst for the USF offense with 13.9 points per game. Collins is also second in The American and 14th in the NCAA in steals with 2.6 per game.Redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) stands second on the team with 12.9 points per game and leads the conference in both assists (5.7 apg) and steals (2.8 spg). Additionally, Rideau ranks eighth in the NCAA in steals and 36th in assists.THE OPPONENTUConn (9-4) has won three of its last five games but suffered an 81-58 defeat to Villanova in its most recent game. The Huskies and Wildcats were tied 30-30 at halftime, but Villanova exploded for 51 points in the second half en route to the victory. Despite only scoring 58 points, UConn still ranks second in The American with 81.3 points per game and in field goal percentage by shooting 47.6 percent.AAC Preseason Player of the Year Jalen Adams leads UConn and ranks sixth in the league with 16.6 points per game. Fellow guard Christian Vital pulls down a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game and scores in double figures with 12.4 points per game.Notable• USF is aiming for its first seven-game winning streak since the 2007-08 season.• USF is looking for its 11th win of the season, which would be the most since the 2013-14 season.• USF is ranked 13th in the NCAA and first in The American with 14.3 offensive rebounds per game.• Justin Brown is shooting 71.4 percent (10-for-14) from three-point range over the last three games.• USF ranks 18th in the NCAA and second in The American in turnovers forced with 17.6 per game.• Alexis Yetna is first in the American Athletic Conference and 19th in the NCAA with six double-doubles.• Laquincy Rideau ranks eighth in the NCAA and first in The American with 2.8 steals per game.• Alexis Yetna leads The American and ranks seventh in the NCAA with 10.9 rebounds per game.• Laquincy Rideau stands first in The American and 36th in the NCAA with 5.7 assists per game. To stay up-to-date on the latest USF men's' basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  17. BULLS ADD LUIZE SEPTE TO ROSTER December 30, 2018 TAMPA, Fla. Dec. 30, 2018 – USF women's basketball has announced the addition of freshman wing Luize Septe out of Ventspils, Latvia, to the roster. The 5-foot-11 freshman is eligible to play and practice immediately. More
  18. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2BGMN8c Genord and Phillips Earn Preseason All-Conference Honors Genord was named all-conference first base and Phillips as one of three all-conference outfielders; The tandem each hit better than .300 last year, combining for 75 RBI and 24 doubles TAMPA, DECEMBER 27, 2018 – Seniors Joe Genord and Kyle Phillips were recognized by the American Athletic Conference, both being named preseason all-conference, as voted on by the league head coaches. Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) was named to the second team all-conference in 2018, and leads a great nucleus of returning veteran talent. The senior first baseman powered the Bulls with a team high 16 home runs last season. He hit .306 with 11 doubles, a .633 slugging percentage and 53 RBI. Phillips (Orlando) leads an experienced outfield returning in 2019. In his first season at USF, Phillips finished second on the team with a .333 average and was named to the DeLand Regional All-Tournament team. He had five homers, 13 doubles and 22 RBI. The Bulls were picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll. An extremely deep American Athletic Conference sent four teams to regionals last year, two of which hosted. Defending champions ECU were picked to repeat, receiving six of the nine first-place votes. The conference tournament runner up Houston was picked to finish second, followed by UConn, UCF and USF. Tulane, Wichita St., Cincinnati and Memphis round out the poll. The Bulls begin their quest at a third-straight NCAA tournament appearance on Feb. 15, as they open the 2019 season with a home series against Samford. USF officially announced an extremely challenging schedule on Dec. 14. The 2019 slate features 55 contests, 30 being played in Tampa. USF will meet schools from seven different conferences and play 22 games against teams that appeared in an NCAA regional last year. The full 2019 schedule can be found HERE. Tickets for the 2019 USF baseball season can be found HERE, or renewed HERE. Season tickets are $80 ($64 for USF Alumni, Faculty, or Staff), and there is a Flex Pack option that includes 10 tickets for $30. For the Florida (Feb. 19) and Florida State (Feb. 26) matchups, the single game ticket prices will be $10. All other single game tickets will be $7 for ages 12 and over, and $5 for children under the age of 12.
  19. KNOW THE GASPARILLA BOWL FOE: MARSHALL December 16, 2018 By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterTAMPA, DEC. 16, 2018 – Now that finals are in the books, USF football is in full scouting mode as it prepares to face Marshall in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Raymond James Stadium.Led by head coach Doc Holliday, Marshall (8-4, 6-2 in C-USA) won three of its last four regular season games to build some momentum heading into the program's 14th bowl game appearance.Marshall is 11-2 all-time in bowl games and its .846 winning percentage in NCAA-sanctioned postseason contests is the highest mark nationally among programs that have made at least five appearances. USF is tied for fifth with a .667 winning percentage in bowl games (6-3) and looks to snap the Thundering Herd's six-game postseason winning streak.Get to know more about the Thundering Herd as the Bulls get ready to take on Marshall for the first time in program history.Season BreakdownIn his ninth season with the program, head coach Doc Holliday has led Marshall to an 8-4 overall record, including an impressive 6-2 run in Conference USA.The Thundering Herd finished one game behind Middle Tennessee in the C-USA's East Division with a first-year starting quarterback in redshirt freshman Isaiah Green. Fifty-one percent of Marshall's depth chart is made up of underclassmen, including 17 of 28 players on the offense's two-deep.Marshall started off the season with wins over Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Kentucky, scoring 30-plus points in both games before a 37-20 loss to NC State. The Thundering Herd went 3-1 from there with victories over Western Kentucky, Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic before a 26-24 setback at Southern Miss.During the stretch run, Marshall defeated Charlotte, UTSA and FIU prior to a 41-20 loss at Virginia Tech in the regular season finale.Fast starts are a norm for Marshall, which has outscored opponents, 80-32, in the first quarter this season. The Thundering Herd has won 17 consecutive games when scoring first and has won the past eight when leading after the opening quarter.The CoachDoc Holliday is 5-0 in bowl games with Marshall and he'll be looking to top an old friend in Charlie Strong in the Gasparilla Bowl.Both head coaches served on the same defensive coaching staff under Urban Meyer at the University of Florida from 2005-07. Strong was the assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator while Holliday was an associate head coach and in charge of the Gators' safeties. Together, Holliday and Strong helped Florida limit Ohio State to 82 total yards in the Gators' 2006 BCS National Championship Game victory."That was a great deal and to have an opportunity to win that national championship was special," Holliday said.After his three-season run at Florida, Holliday went back to his alma mater to serve multiple roles on the West Virginia staff from 2008-09 before getting his first head coaching opportunity at Marshall in December 2009.Holliday helped the Thundering Herd capture the program's first C-USA championship in 2014 in the midst of three straight 10-win seasons (2013-15). Marshall has won eight games in each of the past two seasons and Holliday accomplished the feat this year with many up-and-coming players playing prominent roles."I have a lot of respect for his team," Strong said. "He has a very young team also, but they've been very productive. They've won some really big games and they've played very well."For decades, Holliday has put a premium on recruiting the Sunshine State and his current roster has 30 players from Florida."He has a big-time name here," Strong said. "A lot of coaches really respect him because they know that when he comes in, he's going to recruit the right guys and he's going to have a really good football team."The Quarterback and Marshall's Top TargetIsaiah Green earned Conference USA Co-Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 248.7 passing yards per game in his first season as Marshall's starting quarterback."Anytime you're playing a freshman quarterback early on, you're going to go through some growing pains," head coach Doc Holliday said. "… Watching him grow as a player and watching him develop the intangibles needed to play that position, we were fortunate."Green has completed 55.7 percent of his 305 passing attempts this season for 2,238 yards and 15 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. The Fairburn, Ga., native has at least one touchdown toss to his credit in each of the nine games he's played (eight starts) and has produced five multi-TD performances.Fortunately for Green, he gets to throw to one of the top receivers in Conference USA. Tyre Brady leads Marshall this season with 66 catches for 914 yards (13.8 ypc) and nine touchdowns. Before heading to the Senior Bowl, Brady is on the verge of becoming Marshall's first 1,000-yard receiver since 2014 and he's on a 23-game catch streak.The Rushing AttackAveraging 155.8 yards per game, Marshall ranks 86th nationally in rushing offense but has plenty of playmakers in the ground attack.Sophomore back Tyler King (Fort Meade, Fla.) has a team-leading 655 rushing yards on 108 attempts (6.1 ypc) and four touchdowns despite missing five games with a knee injury.Redshirt freshman Brenden Knox generated all 485 of his yards in the final four games of the regular season on 83 attempts (5.8 ypc). Knox rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in the regular season finale at Virginia Tech."It's just great to see some young players, when your number is called and you have to step up and play, that get the job done," Holliday said. "Knox was one of them."Another player to keep an eye on is bruising back Anthony Anderson (6-2, 240), who leads the team with eight rushing touchdowns.The DefenseAveraging 202.1 rushing yards per game, USF will be tested by Marshall's stingy defense that ranks ninth nationally in rushing defense (103.9 ypg) and hasn't allowed an individual 100-yard rusher all year.Scoring is no easy task either with Marshall giving up just 22.0 points per game in a season that has included games against NC State and Virginia Tech.Nine starters have returned to Marshall's multiple defense, including first team all-conference safety Malik Gant (6-2, 200), who is the only player in C-USA with at least nine tackles for loss and two interceptions this season.Star power continues up front with second team all-conference tackle Ryan Bee (6-7, 280), who ranks 10th in Marshall history with 18.5 career tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Omari Cobb (6-4, 223) is one of only eight players in college football with at least 50 tackles, four sacks, an interception and a defensive touchdown this season. Senior linebacker Chase Hancock leads the team with 8.9 tackles per game and needs two more stops to reach 100 for the second straight season.Aside from being great against the run, Marshall ranks fifth nationally in sacks per game (3.25), sixth in three-and-out percentage (41.3), 10th in three-and-outs per game (5.17) and 15th in third down conversion percentage defense (31.89).Rest of story
  20. BULLS RETURN TO HARDWOOD SATURDAY AGAINST APPALACHIAN STATE December 14, 2018 Story Links Game Notes (PDF) Matchup: USF (6-2) vs. Appalachian State (4-5)Date: Saturday, Dec. 15Time: 1 p.m. ESTLocation: Tampa | Yuengling CenterTV: ESPN3 (Ari Shanok, Mike O'Donnell)Radio: AM 820 | USF Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston)Follow: Listen | Watch | Live Stats | TwitterTAMPA, DEC. 14, 2018 – Following 14 days off from competition due to final exams and a cancelled game, the USF men's basketball team makes its highly-anticipated return to the court Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Bulls host Appalachian State at the Yuengling Center.USF was scheduled to play at Charlotte last Sunday in a reunion of former Conference USA rivals, but travel difficulties associated with Winter Storm Diego forced the cancellation. Both schools are looking at possible dates to reschedule the game. USF (6-2) last played on Nov. 30 and tied a school record for the most wins in the month of November when it registered its sixth after a 73-63 victory over the Raiders. David Collins(Youngstown, Ohio) scored 20 points and added four steals to record his fourth 20-point game of the season. Collins enters Saturday leading USF with 16.8 points per game while pacing the league and ranking fifth in the NCAA with 2.9 steals per game.Alexis Yetna (Paris) scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, and stands first in The American with 9.1 rebounds per game and second with three double-doubles. Yetna is averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 55.2 percent from the field over his last six games after combining for just three points in the first two games.Junior guard Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ranks second on the team with 11.6 points per game and stands second in The American with 6.0 assists per game. Rideau has also shown his value on defense as well, ranking second in the conference and 19th in the nation with 2.5 steals per game. THE OPPONENTAppalachian State (4-5) arrives in Tampa having won three of its last four games following its 82-73 victory over North Carolina Central on Dec. 8. The Mountaineers opened the season with a lopsided win over Division II Mars Hill before losing four consecutive games. Saturday's game against the Bull will be the third this season for Appalachian State against the American Athletic Conference, as the Mountaineers have already played and lost to Wichita State (82-76) and ECU (83-81).Senior guard Ronshad Shabazz leads the Appalachian State offense with 18.2 points and 3.2 assists per game, while sophomore guard Justin Forrest adds 17.8 points per game and has made a team-high 16 three-pointers. Forward Isaac Johnson paces the Mountaineers with 8.3 rebounds per game to go along with 9.8 points per game. Quotable Head Coach Brian Gregory on facing Appalachian State:"They are going to have a heck of a year. I see this team as a team that can challenge to win the Sun Belt. Ronshad Shabazz is as good of a guard that we will face all year, and their other players have dramatically improved and can really impact the game as well. They beat us pretty good last year and it wasn't a game that I enjoyed then or when I watched it again this year. It will be a big challenge for us because I think they are a team that is very talented and explosive."Notable USF is 1-1 against Appalachian State in the all-time series that dates back to the 1994-95 season. USF is in search of its first 7-2 start to a season since the 2013-14 season. Alexis Yetna is averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over his past six games. USF ranks 18th in the NCAA and first in The American with 9.0 steals per game. Alexis Yetna leads The American in rebounding with 9.1 per game. USF has fewer than or equal to the number of turnovers of its opponents in all eight games this season. Junior Antun Maricevic is shooting 75.0 percent from the field this season and has only missed three shots. To stay up-to-date on the latest USF men's' basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  21. BULLS OPEN DECEMBER SUNDAY AT CHARLOTTE December 07, 2018 Story Links Game Notes (PDF) Matchup: USF (6-2) vs. Charlotte (2-5)Date: Sunday, Dec. 9Time: 2 p.m. ESTLocation: Charlotte | Halton ArenaTV: CUSA.tvRadio: AM 820 | USF Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston)Follow: Listen | Watch | Live Stats | TwitterTAMPA, DEC. 7, 2018 – The USF men's basketball team takes its two-game winning streak into its first true road game of the season when the Bulls travel to Charlotte, N.C., for a Sunday matchup with Charlotte at 2 p.m. from Halton Arena.USF (6-2) tied a school record for the most wins in the month of November when it registered its sixth after a 73-63 victory over Colgate on Nov. 30. David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 20 points and added four steals to record his fourth 20-point game of the season. Collins enters Sunday leading USF with 16.8 points per game while pacing the league and ranking fourth in the NCAA with 2.9 steals per game.Alexis Yetna (Paris) scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, and stands first in The American with 9.1 rebounds per game and second with three double-doubles. Yetna is averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 55.2 percent from the field over his last six games after combining for just three points in the first two games.Junior guard Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ranks second on the team with 11.6 points per game and stands first in The American with 6.0 assists per game. Rideau has also shown his value on defense as well, ranking second in the conference and 19th in the nation with 2.5 steals per game. THE OPPONENTCharlotte (2-5) suffered its third straight loss with a its 80-56 setback Thursday at Wake Forest. The 49ers have not won since turning in a 42-39 home victory over Longwood on Nov. 19. Charlotte also upset Oklahoma State 66-64 earlier this season at Halton Arena. The 49ers, however, average just 58.9 points per game and have failed to score 70 points in any game thus far this season. Senior guard Jon Davis serves as the catalyst of the Charlotte offense with 20.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. Davis has also made a team-high 11 three-pointers and 48 free throws. Freshman forward Dravon Mangum leads the 49ers with 5.3 rebounds per game and nine blocked shots. Quotable Head Coach Brian Gregory on facing Charlotte:"We played a very close game last year when we played them here. They run a new system, one of the best systems in the country. They are getting betting defensively with a young group and they have a prolific scorer in Jon Davis. They've had some big wins. They came back from a big deficit and beat Oklahoma State. The one thing you can see watching them on film is they are a very resilient group."Notable USF is 29-25 against Charlotte in the all-time series that dates back to the 1970-71 season. USF is in search of its first 7-2 start to a season since the 2013-14 season. Alexis Yetna is averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over his past six games. USF ranks 18th in the NCAA and first in The American with 9.0 steals per game. Alexis Yetna leads The American in rebounding with 9.1 per game. USF has fewer than or equal to the number of turnovers of its opponents in all eight games this season. Junior Antun Maricevic is shooting 75.0 percent from the field this season and has only missed three shots. To stay up-to-date on the latest USF men's' basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  22. No. 21/20 Bulls’ Undefeated Run Ends in Houston HOUSTON, OCT. 27, 2018 – Freshman Johnny Ford registered his second straight 100-yard rushing game as No. 21/20 USF's undefeated run came to an end with a 57-36 loss at Houston on Saturday.USF (7-1, 3-1 in AAC) entered the weekend as one of five remaining unbeaten FBS teams and fell for the first time since Nov. 24, 2017.Ford (Miami) rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to help the Bulls run for at least 200 yards for the sixth time this season. Ford found the end zone twice during USF's 21-point second quarter that started with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jordan Cronkrite (Miami). Seeking his sixth straight 100-yard game, Cronkrite finished with 73 rushing yards and needs 67 more yards to post USF's ninth 1,000 yard season.Quarterback Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif.) completed 26 of 39 passes for 263 yards. Barnett's 39-yard touchdown pass to Deangelo Antoine (Orlando) made it a one-score game late in the third quarter, but the Bulls couldn't put together their fourth double-digit fourth quarter comeback of the season.Two of the nation's top offenses took turns making plays during Saturday's first half that saw Houston (7-1, 4-0 in AAC) take a 28-21 lead and USF rush for 176 yards. The Bulls scored 21 points in the second quarter with two touchdown runs by Ford in the period.Scoring on its first two possessions, Houston jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes before USF tied things up with two touchdowns 13 seconds apart in the second quarter.The Bulls cut their deficit in half with a 15-play, 79-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Cronkrite's 1-yard run with 10:33 left in the half. Just two plays later, Ford sprinted to the end zone on a 32-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 14-14. The score was set-up by redshirt freshman safety Mekhi LaPointe's first-career interception.USF tied things back up at 21-21 after Antoine's backside block helped Ford zoom around the Houston defense on a 17-yard touchdown run with 3:50 remaining in the half. Ford was well on his way to his second straight 100-yard rushing game with 85 yards on 10 carries in the first two quarters.Key plays on defense and special teams helped the Bulls pull within two points of Houston in the first five minutes of the third quarter.After Trent Schneider's 62-yard punt to the Houston 1, defensive pressure in the end zone led to a safety on an intentional grounding call. Bentlee Sanders' 41-yard return on the ensuing kick helped set up a 23-yard field goal by Coby Weiss(Gainesville, Fla.) with 10:47 to go in the third quarter.Trailing 43-29, USF got back within a score of Houston on Barnett's 39-yard touchdown pass to Antoine with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.USF couldn't manage to mount its fourth double-digit, fourth quarter comeback of the season despite finishing with at least 30 points for the 32nd time in the past 36 games dating back to 2015.Greg Reaves (Bradenton, Fla.) led USF defensively with a career-high 12 tackles in his second straight start at middle linebacker. Senior linebacker Khalid McGee (Miami) finished with 11 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack in his third double-digit tackle effort of the season.QuotableHead coach Charlie Strong's thoughts on Saturday's game:"We just didn't play well and we didn't tackle, giving up touchdown throws. You just can't play like that and go win in an environment like this."Key Stats684 yards – Houston's yardage total after entering the game ranking third nationally in total offense (555.3 ypg).14-0 – Houston scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after USF cut its deficit to 43-36 late in the third.13-for-18– Houston converted 13 of 18 third-down attempts.Notables USF was looking to extend the program's best-ever start to a season. The Bulls started the past two seasons at 7-0 and entered Saturday's game as one of only five remaining FBS teams. USF is now 35-7 (83.3 %) over its past 42 games. USF entered Saturday tied with Oklahoma (35-6) and Ohio State and bettered only by Alabama and Clemson for the best record in a team's past 41 games. USF has scored at least 20 points in 38 straight games, the longest streak in the nation. USF has scored at least 30 points 32 of its past 36 games dating back to the 2015 season. Up NextUSF returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3 to host Tulane. The Bulls' Salute to Service game is set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
  23. USF Women’s Basketball Announces AAC Schedule September 20, 2018 TAMPA, Fla. Sept. 20, 2018 – USF women's basketball announced its complete American Athletic Conference slate, rounding out the 2018-19 schedule following the release of the composite schedule from the conference on Thursday afternoon. The Bulls will be featured on national television in nine of its 18 conference contests through the league's partnership with ESPN and CBS Sports Network, including a Sunday afternoon contest against UCONN on Jan. 13, 2019. Rest of story
  24. USF Announces AAC Basketball Schedule September 19, 2018 TAMPA, SEPT. 19, 2018 – Second-year head coach Brian Gregory and the USF men's basketball team finalized the 2018-19 schedule on Wednesday with the announcement of an 18-game American Athletic Conference schedule. The Bulls will be featured on national television in all 18 games during conference play through the league's partnership with ESPN and CBS Sports Network. Rest of story
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