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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Tampa, Fla | Sun Dome (10,411)

TV: ESPN3 (Drew Fellios, Mark Wise) |WatchESPN

Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) | BullsCast

Game Notes: USF | Albany

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USF Hosts Albany Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Bulls play NCAA Tournament regular Albany as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic


TAMPA, NOV. 23, 2015 – In its final game before taking on No. 1 Kentucky, the USF men’s basketball team will host Albany on Tuesday at 7 p.m.


The Bulls (0-4) are coming off a 78-66 loss to Boston University on Saturday despite committing a season-low 12 turnovers and outrebounding the Terriers by 11 (41-30). USF got a big game out of its biggest body, senior center Jaleel Cousins, with a career-high 14 points and 12 rebounds for his first-ever double-double. Sophomore guard Roddy Peters also scored a career high with 16 points.



>The game is part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, which also includes USF's games against NJIT and Boston.

> USF wraps up the NCAA exempt event with a game against No. 1 Kentucky on Nov. 27.

> Jahmal McMurray has scored in double-digits in every game. His 15.8 ppg is second in The American among freshmen.

> After missing the final 12 games of last season, Chris Perry is averaging 9.0 pts. and 9.0 rebs. per game.

> Roddy Peters (back) is getting healthier by the day. He scored a career-high 16 pts. against BU.

> USF’s top three scorers are newcomers: Jahmal McMurray, 15.8; Roddy Peters, 12.0; Angel Nunez, 10.3.

> Chris Perry ranks second in The American with 9.0 rebounds per game.

> USF has outrebounded its opponents in three of four games this season and holds a 6.5 RPG advantage overall.


Albany returns eight players from last season’s team that went 24-9 overall and 15-1 to win the America East Conference

The Great Danes have participated in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three seasons, including a 69-60 loss to Oklahoma last spring.

> Albany’s first two games have been losses to teams also on USF’s schedule, a 78-65 loss at Kentucky and 69-64 loss at Boston University.

> Albany was picked second in the America East Preseason Poll. Seniors Evan Singletary and Peter Hooley were named preseason all-conference.



The game can be viewed ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Drew Fellios and Mark Wise on the call. Listen to the radio broadcast and the voices of Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas on 820 AM, online at GoUSFBulls.com or the Tune-In radio app.


This is the 45th season of USF basketball which began in the fall of 1971.

> USF is celebrating its 50th anniversary of athletic competition, which began with men's soccer in 1965.

> USF was picked 10th in the 11-team American Athletic Conference preseason poll.

> Orlando Antigua is in his second season as the USF’s head coach with seven returners from last season. A big difference from coach’s first season when he inherited three players who logged minutes.

> Counted among USF’s seven returners is Troy Holston Jr., who suffered a torn ACL in July.

> USF returns five players who started at least eight games last season including all three post players - Jaleel Cousins, Ruben Guerrero and Chris Perry.

> Overall, 74 percent of the Bulls’ rebounding and 89 percent of their blocked shots return from last season.

> Among the Bulls’ newcomers is former five-star guard Roddy Peters, who is the team’s point guard this season.

> USF’s schedule includes nine teams with an RPI of 54 or better.



Orlando Antigua and his staff announced the signing of three on Nov. 13, during the early signing period.

Troy Baxter is a 6-8, 190-pound forward from Tallahassee, Fla. He was rated four stars by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports and is currently playing for Oldsmar Christian in nearby Oldsmar, Fla. Baxter was one of the first players that Antigua targeted after accepting the USF job in 2014.

Andres Feliz is a 6-2, 180-pound guard originally from the Dominican Republic, but currently plays for West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla. He was given a three-star rating by Rivals.com. Last season, Feliz helped West Oaks to a 32-4 record and a SIAA state championship. This past summer he was the starting point guard for the Dominican Republic at the U19 FIBA World Championships with USF assistant coach Oliver Antigua also on staff. He was the leading scorer on the team and in the tournament with 18.9 points averaged over seven games. Also last summer, Feliz was the youngest of the group that played wiith the Dominican Republic National Team at the Pan-American Games in Toronto.

Malik Fitts is a 6-5, 215-pound small forward from La Verne, Calif. who is in his final season at Brewster Academy Prep in New Hampshire. He is a Rivals.com three-star recruit and is ranked No. 55 among small forwards in the 2016 class. Prior to Brewster, attended Damien High School in La Verne and helped his team win the CIF D3 State Championship.

> HoopSeen.com ranked the recruiting classes in the American Athletic Conference and placed the Bulls third behind No. 1 UConn and No. 2 Cincinnati. It also lists Andres Feliz as the best scorer in the class and Troy Baxter as the best athlete. Website writer Justin Young went on to say this: Troy Baxter is a highlight reel with unique size. Andres Feliz has league-leading scoring potential while Malik Fitts is a top 300 level talent.



USF will face a No. 1 ranked team for the fifth time in school history when it faces Kentucky on Friday at 5 p.m. in Miami. The game is part of the Hoophall Miami Invitational and precedes a game between Memphis and Ohio State.



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