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  1. LOVE AND BASKETBALL: COLLINS HAS A SUPER STRONG HOOPS BOND WITH MOM May 13, 2018 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, MAY 13, 2018 – Instead of being like Mike, David Collins wants to be just like Dorothy. On this Mother's Day, the emerging star USF guard will likely talk basketball like usual with his hero and No. 1 fan, who remains the all-time leading scorer in Youngstown State women's hoops history. "I'm always trying to get past my mom," Collins said with a smile during the season. "She still thinks she's the best basketball player in the house." This debate will go on for Collins' next few seasons in green and gold while his close relationship with Dorothy continues to grow stronger with each pregame routine that always starts the same way. "He calls me and says, 'What do you think?' I'll ask him about the scouting report and just kind of go over his game plan," Dorothy said. "… It always ends with, 'I love you. Go out and do your best no matter what. You're going to have good things, you're going to have bad things. That's just life.'" Love and basketball have always been a part of Collins' lifelong bond with Dorothy that started to grow when he was an infant. The same goes for Collins' older sister, Doriyon, who played basketball for Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pa.. "From the time they were born, they were in their little basketball outfits," said Dorothy, a former power forward. "David probably started dribbling the basketball at 2 years old." By 3, Collins would be out in the driveway early in the mornings dribbling a basketball nearly the size of him while the neighbors marveled at his ability in Youngstown, Ohio. "We would just laugh at how he could control the basketball," Dorothy said. By the time Collins suited up USF, Dorothy was amazed by her son's enhanced ball-handling skills after spending the summer working in head coach Brian Gregory's program. By the end of conference play, Dorothy was a super proud mom after watching her son put together the eighth-best scoring season in USF freshman history (10.0 ppg). Collins finished second among freshmen in The American with 11.3 points per game in league play while ranking in USF's freshman season top 10 in field goal percentage (49.7, eighth), free throw percentage (71.7, ninth), made free throws (81, fourth), free throw attempts (113, fifth), assists (65, 10th) and steals (28, ninth). "He just exceeded all of the expectations that we kind of talked about from the start. In the beginning, we were just asking the Lord if he could just get some playing time," Dorothy said. "… Dave making the conference all-rookie team, scoring and coming on strong at the end of the season, it just gave us another target to go after. I'm very impressed." Rest of Story
  2. Thank you for being a USF Men's Basketball Season Ticker Member! As Coach Gregory prepares the team to enter Phase Two of the basketball program-building project, we also look forward to Phase Two of building the best basketball fan experience in Tampa Bay. Last year we included buffet meals for all season ticket members who purchased seats in the Fifth-Third Club, improved concessions for all fans, provided plastic season ticket cards, and increased touch points with the help of the Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties Management Team. This year, as you look to renew your season tickets, please note some of the following changes. Lower ticket prices in the following sections: Courtside Loge Suites Green Sections 113 and 114 Orange Sections 107, 108, & 109. New Season Ticket Sections Fifth/Third Club Bar Railing Seats Many season ticket members asked for the ability to reserve these seats on an annual basis and this year you can. A $99 Season Ticket Section in the 200 Level. At less than $6 per game, Families, Young Alumni, and others have access to the best value in sports entertainment in Tampa Bay. Alumni, Faculty, & Staff Discounts on Season Tickets Remain Qualifying accounts receive 20% off the ticket portion of your overall Season Ticket purchase when you renew your seats, or place a deposit, prior to the renewal deadline. After the renewal deadline, qualifying AFS purchasers will receive a 10% off of the ticket portion of your overall season ticket purchase. Lastly, as an added incentive to renew your season tickets in full, the first 25 account holders to renew their season tickets for the 2018-19 season will receive an authentic game issued USF Bulls basketball jersey. The priority renewal period will open this coming Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 AM. The renewal deadline is June 1, 2018.
  3. Gregory Has Solid Returning Core in Place for 'Phase Two' April 13, 2018 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, APRIL 13, 2018 – In his first run with the Bulls, ambitious head coach Brian Gregory helped rebuilding USF men's basketball make impressive progress and he'll have a solid core of players in place for "phase two." Conference all-rookie team member David Collins proved to be a steadily-improving playmaker for USF in 2017-18, which saw the Bulls reach double-digit victories for the first time since 2013-14. Also this past season, Gregory found a trusty sharpshooter in Justin Brown, who worked his way into USF's freshman top-10 list for made three-pointers. "Playing two freshmen significant minutes this year is going to bode well for the future," Gregory said. "The experiences they gained this year are going to drive their spring workouts and their summer workouts heading into next fall." Big man Nikola Scekic (7-2, 250) just scratched the surface of his potential as a junior in his first season with the Bulls while reinforcements already on the roster are eager to take the court in real games. Eligible to play next season are three 2017-18 scout team standouts - former Auburn guard T.J. Lang, former Gardner-Webb guard Laquincy Rideau and forward Alexis Yetna, a member of France's U20 squad. "I think that one of the reasons we played better at the end of the year is that all three of those guys had gotten better during the year, so our practices were so much more competitive," Gregory said. Learn more about each player in USF's returning core and get Gregory's thoughts on each talented Bull below: Read on
  4. I haven't read it recently, but obviously it is the greatest sports book of all time, written by former Bulls basketball player Tony Grier. It is available on and off at Amazon for various prices - currently there is a copy for under $4.00 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any Bulls fan that wants to learn about the program and Tony's story. From the book's page at Amazon: The book itself is an easy read. Tony did a lot to produce it. I noticed some editorial mistakes, but it didn't take away from the passion and storytelling of USF Basketball. Learn about the Florida Four and the effort to keep sports out of USF. Lee Rose's departure. Chucky Atkins drive to make the NBA. It was released about 10 years ago. It is in paperback form only as far as I can tell. Probably time for me to break it out and read once again. Tony was kind enough to send me an autographed copy for working with him and The Bulls Pen faithful to get the word out.
  5. Men's Basketball Signs Antun Maricevic April 17, 2018 TAMPA, APRIL 17, 2018 – University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced the signing of 6-10, 240-pound center Antun Maricevic (pronounced An-TOON MAH-riss-AH-vich) on Tuesday. Maricevic will be a junior when he begins play in 2018-19 after competing for two seasons in junior college. "We are very excited to have Antun join our program," Gregory said. "His experience playing at the highest junior college level, coupled with his international experience, will allow him to make an immediate impact on our program. Playing for a terrific coach in Dan Russell at Casper College has helped prepare Antun for the transition to Division I college basketball. His work ethic, basketball IQ and skill level make him a perfect fit for what we are building here at USF." Read on
  6. Go here to join - on official NCAA March Madness app,website.
  7. http://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/minor-league-brandon-lawson-economizes-low-salary/437044
  8. "The mini-exodus in the USF men's basketball program continued — and presumably, concluded — with Wednesday's announcement that assistant Chad Dollar is joining Tom Crean's staff at Georgia." Full article here: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/usf-bulls/2018/04/04/usf-assistant-chad-dollar-leaving-for-georgia/
  9. Welcome to the 2017-18 TheBullsPen.com USF Basketball Prediction Contest The race for the mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup is over! Final Statistics Games Won - Total Points - Wins - Highest Scores - Average Pts Awarding of the Cup! Winners by game: Each game winner receives a trading card of a former USF player Game Name Points 1 MDBull20 41 2 MDBull20 17 3 206Bull 58 4 mikemcp88 46 5 bcgruber 38 6 MDBull20 42 7 206BULL 31 8 El_Toro_86 42 TIE bullsfan27 42 9 El_Toro_86 38 10 206BULL 30 11 bullsfan27 47 12 &rew Bull 32 13 206BULL 42 14 bcgruber 46 15 CountryBull 42 16 206Bull 24 17 El_Toro_86 41 18 206Bull 46 19 JJZbulls 29 20 &rew Bull 33 21 &rew Bull 31 TIE Apis Bull 31 22 206Bull 30 TIE JJZbulls 30 23 NJBull 24 24 JJZbulls 44 25 NewEnglandBull 45 26 NJBull 39 27 mikemcp88 50 28 NJBull 36 29 NJBull 46 30 206Bull 24 31 DELdaBull 23 Highest score in a win: 206Bull 58* mikemcp88 50 bullsfan27 47 mikemcp88 46 bcgruber 46 206Bull 46 NJBull 46 NewEnglandBull 45 JJZbulls 44 Most Wins: 206Bull 7.5* NJBull 4 MDBull20 3 El_Toro_86 2.5 &rew Bull 2.5 JJZbulls 2.5 Highest average per game (minimum 16 games): Avg GP mikemcp88 26.44* 16 NJBull 24.07 30 206BULL 22.21 29 CountryBull 22.00 19 bcgruber 21.74 31 JJZbulls 21.59 29 bullsfan27 21.37 30 NewEnglandBull 21.10 31 George Jenkins 20.88 17 &rew Bull 20.38 16 And, the 2017-18 recipient of the highly regarded Bulliever's Cup awarded to the player with the highest total number of points: @NJBull Total Points: NJBull* 722 bcgruber 674 NewEnglandBull 654 206BULL 644 bullsfan27 641 JJZbulls 626 DELdaBull 586 Apis Bull 442 mikemcp88 423 CountryBull 418 Thanks to all for playing, it was a rough season until the final couple games and keeping the contest going was challenging for me due to some other conflicts, thanks to TripleB and Apis Bull for helping with continuity - and thanks to those that stuck it out the full season and followed their USF Basketball team. As mentioned, each game winner gets a small prize, also those with and asterisk (category winners) will receive an additional prize with the grand prize going to the winner of the cup. Please email me with your full name and address for shipping. Thanks!
  10. On March 25th both USF Club Basketball teams competed in the championship of the Swamp Shootout at UF. USF Men’s Club Basketball are your 2018 Swamp Shootout champions! With this victory, they have gained free entry into the NIRSA national tournament at the Ohio State University! USF Women’s Club Basketball did not win it all but played hard in the championship game against a tough Georgia Tech team. I wasn't there to watch. Just figured I'd share this cool news with the USF sports community. Go Bulls! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=986660128153107&id=395210627298063
  11. Perhaps the best! Had to leave work early to get in front of the TV. I want to get back, it will make it even better!
  12. LOCKS (3) Cincinnati (RPI: 13) Record: 23-4 (12-2) RPI Top 50 wins: Houston (19), Buffalo* (30), at Temple (40), Temple (40), at UCLA (48) RPI 100+ losses: None RPI Top 50 remains games: at Wichita State (16) Likely fell off the two line with consecutive losses last weeK Wichita State (RPI: 16) Record: 21-5 (11-3) RPI Top 50 wins: at Cincinnati (13), Houston (19), Temple (40), at Baylor (46) RPI 100+ losses: SMU (101) RPI Top 50 remaining games: Cincinnati (13) 11-4 against RPI Top 100 teams and winners of 6 of their last 7 Houston (RPI: 19) Record: 21-5 (11-3) RPI Top 50 wins: Cincinnati (13), Wichita State (16), Arkansas (25), Providence* (35), Temple (40), at Temple (40) RPI 100+ losses: at Tulane (165), Drexel* (221) RPI Top 50 remaining games: none 13-0 in home games (playing home games at Texas Southern during renovation), but only 8-5 in road/neutral site games ON THE BUBBLE (0) None NIT BOUND (3) Temple (RPI: 40) Record: 15-12 (7-8) RPI Top 50 wins: Auburn* (8), Clemson* (9), Wichita State (16) RPI 100+ losses: Memphis (114), Tulane (165), George Washington* (180), at LaSalle (188) RPI Top 50 remaining games: none Must win conference tournament after 21-point home loss to Houston UCF (RPI: 63) Record: 17-9 (8-6) RPI Top 50 wins: at Alabama (33j, Temple (40) RPI 100+ losses: at SMU (101), at Connecticut (104) RPI Top 50 remaining games: at Temple (40), Wichita State (16) Have won three in a row after losing 5 of 7 Tulsa (RPI: 86) Record: 16-10 (9-5) RPI Top 50 wins: None RPI 100+ losses: at Memphis (114), Lamar (248) RPI Top 50 remaining games: at Cincinnati (13), Temple (40) Without any quality wins needs to split last four games and win a conference tournament game to get into the NIT NEEDS TO WIN THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT (6) SMU (RPI: 101) Connecticut (RPI: 104) Memphis (RPI: 114) Tulane (RPI: 165) East Carolina (RPI: 273) USF (RPI: 286)
  13. Collins Posts Career-High 30 Points in USF's Close Loss to Memphis By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterORLANDO, MARCH 8, 2018 – David Collins ended his freshman season in fantastic fashion with a career-high 30 points in no-quit USF's 79-77 loss to fifth-seeded Memphis in the opening round of the Aaron's American Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday.Collins went 11-for-13 from the field after starting 8-for-8 to become just the fifth freshman in USF history to reach the 30-point mark. The conference's all-rookie team selection poured in 21 points after the break and finished just three points shy of Radenko Dobras' USF freshman game scoring record in 1989.USF (10-22) trailed by 15 points with less than nine minutes remaining and nearly tied it up with a furious rally. Graduate guard Stephan Jiggetts finished with 16 points and made it a three-point game with a bucket from beyond the arc with 21 seconds left. Jiggetts had a chance to tie the game, but his three-point attempt narrowly missed with five seconds remaining.Isaiah Manderson (Bronx, N.Y.) added nine points and tied for the team high with five rebounds to help the Bulls finish with a 31-29 edge on the boards. USF was efficient offensively, shooting 50 percent from the field and scored 21 points off 14 turnovers by Memphis (20-12).USF never trailed in its 75-51 win at Memphis a week ago but found itself in catch-up mode from the start of Thursday's conference clash.Memphis scored the first eight points of the game, but USF kept things close early by responding with an 11-5 run. The Tigers ended up shooting 61 percent on the way to a 38-29 halftime advantage.Despite the deficit, USF's offense was solid in the first half, shooting 44 percent and matching Memphis' 16 points in the paint. Jiggetts led the way with 10 points and Collins was up to nine points after starting 4-for-4 from the field.Collins improved to 7-for-7 from the field early after the break and his highlight reel, reverse layup cut the Memphis lead to 45-39. Trailing by 15 with 9:36 to play, the Bulls dropped their deficit to seven twice down in the next three minutes and were down, 74-70, with four minutes to play after a three-pointer by Jiggetts.After Jiggetts' final three-pointer, freshman Justin Brown (Birmingham, Ala.) made a free throw and intentionally missed another with less than a second left before USF ran out of time for a tip-in attempt.QuotableHead coach Brian Gregory's thoughts on the game:"It was a great game. Give Memphis a lot of credit, I thought they played with great energy today, shot the ball really well, and at the same time give our guys credit for continuing to fight with the effort and the energy. I thought it was just a very well-played game. They got some big baskets from some guys that have made big plays for them all yearlong in Davenport and Brewton." Rest of report
  14. Bulls Open The American Championship With Memphis Matchup: USF (10-21, 3-15 AAC) vs. Memphis (19-12, 10-8 AAC) Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Orlando, Fla. | Amway Center (18,500) TV: ESPNU (Kevin Brown, John Thompson III) Radio: AM 820 | USF Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston) Follow: Listen | Stats | Twitter GAME NOTES (PDF) ORLANDO, MAR. 7, 2018 – The Bulls head into the first round of the Aaron's American Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday riding a high after a two-game winning streak and some accolades in the days that have followed. The Bulls (10-21, 3-15 AAC) have a rematch with Memphis on Thursday at 2 p.m. to open the conference championship. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. USF faced the Tigers just one week ago, last Thursday, and handed Memphis their worst home loss in the history of the FedEx Forum and their worst home loss in any building since 1999, 75-51. The Bulls followed up their triumph in Tennessee with a big win in the regular season finale on Sunday, defeating SMU at home, 65-54. The back-to-back victories gave the Bulls double digit wins for the first time since the 2013-14 season, and gave them back-to-back conference wins for the first time since 2016. The Bulls will look to extend the streak to three games on Thursday. Should they succeed, the Bulls would have a three game winning streak in conference for the first time since 2012, when the team made it to the NCAA Tournament. Since wrapping up the regular season on Sunday, a couple of Bulls have taken home conference honors. Malik Martin (Miami, Fla.) was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for the second time this season. In the 2-0 week for USF, Martin led the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.0 points and 7.5 boards per game. Martin made 15-of-19 attempts from the field and knocked down 3-of-4 shots from three. His best game of the week came in Memphis, when he posted 19 points and nine rebounds. The 19 points are his second-most this season, behind his double-double against Arkansas State on Nov. 24. Rest of story
  15. TAMPA, MARCH 5, 2018 – USF freshman guard David Collins was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team on Monday, recognizing his stellar freshman campaign for the Bulls. The announcement of Collins' selection to the All-Rookie team comes one day after the freshman tied his career high in points with 21 in the victory over SMU to conclude the regular season. Collins got hot in the second half, scoring 18 in the closing frame, the most scored by a Bull in any half this season. "I'd be hard pressed to say he's not the rookie of the year," USF head coach Brian Gregory said. "You look at statistical analysis, he's had as good of a freshman year as anyone in the league, and statistically probably better. I think he's second in scoring, first in assists, first in steals. He's had as good of a year as any freshman around, and he's had as big of an impact as any freshman." Collins is the fourth Bull to ever be named to The American All-Rookie team. John Egbunu and Chris Perry both made the team in 2014, while Jahmal McMurray was the most recent in 2016. Rest of story
  16. Sun Dome before, way before renovations. New building but some flaws Bulls in Sun Belt Conference We were still the Golden Brahmans Not sure who we're playing in this photo but there are people in the third level I was a junior.
  17. TheBullsPen.com USF Basketball Prediction Contest The race for the mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup is on! Game 31 SMU at South Florida Bulls at Sunday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. EST USF Sundome Congrats to Game 30 winner, ???????? ! The Contest: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select winners and leading contributors in each Bulls hoops game this season. Prizes await, as does the respect and admiration of Bulls fans around the globe. The contest is a season-long chase so don't miss a game. Next...the rules: 1) You must be a registered member of this message board. 2) You must completely answer the contest questions. 3) There can be no modifications to your post after scheduled game start time 4) Your prediction must be part of this original thread 5) Post must be submitted prior to game's published start time. 6) Ties will be decided by Bulliever starting with accuracy on first - last prediction. PLEASE READ ABOVE CAREFULLY - If a rule is broken, your entry will not count. You may appeal any ruling, if you choose, but only Bulliever or his designee will hear appeal. For additional contest rules, please read the small print below. And now, the contest: For the Bulls game vs. SMU, Sunday, March 4, (2:00 pm ET start), please select the following: 1) The winner 2) The margin of victory by your predicted winner 3) Bulls leading scorer and point total 4) Bulls leading rebounder and rebound total 5) Team Free Throw percentage (i.e. 72.9%) Please try to keep in the above format so that it will be easier to manage. Sample response would be: 1) South Florida 2) 22 3) Banks - 21 4) Yetna - 11 5) 80% The contest winner will be chosen based on a points system as follows: 1) Correct on winning team - 10 points 2) Correct on Margin of victory - 15 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted margin - 0 points awarded if actual winner not predicted.) 3a) Correct Leading Scorer - 5 points 3b) Leading Scorer's correct point total -10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading scorer not predicted.) 4a) Correct Leading Rebounder - 5 points 4b) Leading Rebounder's correct rebound total - 10 points (subtract one point for each variance in actual and predicted total - 0 points awarded if correct leading rebounder not predicted.) 5) Free throw percentage - within 3 percentage points of actual - 10 points; 5 percentage points of actual - 5 points; 10 percentage points -1 point Games will be decided and winners announced. There will be a smaller prize for each game winner and a Grand Prize for those with overall point total other category wins - tracking of game averages, wins and total points scored for the season! The key will be mindful of the game schedule and enter each game! Game 31 winner receives: Maybe a trading card of a former USF hoops player; season play is for larger prize: Have Fun and follow the Bulls throughout the 2017-18 season! (Mildly prestigious Bulliever's Cup)
  18. Bulls Look to Finish Regular Season with Two Straight Wins Matchup: USF (9-21, 2-15 AAC) vs. SMU (16-14, 6-11 AAC) Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411) TV: ESPNews (Mike Corey, Mark Adams) Radio: AM 820 | GoUSFBulls.com (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston) Follow: Stats | Twitter GAME NOTES (PDF) TAMPA, MAR. 3, 2018 – The Bulls will look to finish the regular season on a two-game winning streak when they host the SMU Mustangs on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNews. USF (9-21, 2-15 AAC) is coming off a 75-51 rout of Memphis on Thursday night in Tennessee. The Bulls led by 22 points at the half and extended the lead to as many as 27 in the second half before securing the 24-point victory. The margin of victory was the largest for USF since March 4, 2015, when the Bulls defeated UCF by 29 at the Sun Dome. Payton Banks (Orange, Calif.) surpassed the 1,000-point plateau with his 16th point in the game, which came in the second half. Banks finished the game with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Malik Martin (Miami, Fla.) tied with Banks for the team lead in scoring, also finishing with 19 points. Martin had nine rebounds, three of which came on the offensive end. Martin was 8-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three-point land. The 19-point performance was his highest scoring output since scoring a career-high 24 points against Arkansas State on Nov. 24. Rest of article
  19. Best CBG quote from article: "... I liked him on the glass every bit as much as I liked his 19 points. We could use a lot more of that over these next three or four weeks." We're peaking at the right time! MEMPHIS, Tenn., MARCH 1, 2018 – The Bulls put on a clinic the whole way in Memphis and never trailed, winning on Thursday night, 75-51. USF held a 22-point lead at the half and led by as much as 27 at one point in the second half, their largest lead in conference play this season. The win marks the first time the Bulls have defeated the Tigers in Memphis since 2003. The Bulls scored 45 in the first half, which is the most in any first half this season for USF and the second-most in any half, behind 47 points in the second half against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14. Individually, Payton Banks (Orange, Calif.) led the way with 19 points. Banks reached 1,000 for his career with his 16th point of the night, which came on a basket with 12:07 left in the second half. Banks was 6-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-8 from three on the night. Banks opened the game on fire, hitting his first two attempts from three and scoring 15 in the first half on four made threes. Rest of story
  20. View this giveaway Two Tickets to SMU at USF front row, midcourt Sunday, March 4 Senior Day! Last Game of Regular Season Ticket giveaway open to all TheBullsPen.com members - new and old! This giveaway is for tickets in Row A, which is the front row, not the on-court chairs but up close to Bulls Basketball and on the Arena Club side. Includes Buffet! Simply enter to win and enjoy a unique experience with Bulls Basketball. The seats are 21 and 22 which are midcourt and on the aisle too. These are great seats if you like to be close to the action. Should be a good time!!!! This is next to last home game. Tickets will be emailed to the email in your TBP Account. Please be sure your email is up to date! Submitter Brad Expiration Date 4 days and 21 hours Submitted 02/25/2018 Category USF Men's Basketball