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Matchup: USF (3-9) vs. Seton Hall (9-2)

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

Location: Newark, N.J. | Prudential Center (18,500)

TV: Fox Sports 2 (Rich Ackerman, Jim Spanarkel)

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

Game Notes: USF

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USF Meets Old Big East Foe Seton Hall

Bulls wrap-up non-conference action at Seton Hall


TAMPA, DEC. 21, 2015 – USF completes its non-conference schedule with Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. game at Seton Hall.


Just four years ago, the Bulls (3-9) and Pirates (9-2) were both members of the Big East Conference until the American Athletic Conference formed in 2013. They met again last season which resulted in an 89-69 win by Seton Hall.


USF is coming off a 79-68 loss to defending Conference USA champion UAB on Saturday. For the second consecutive game, the Bulls had a solid shooting day, going 49.1 percent from the floor. Senior Angel Nunez led the team with 18 points while Ruben Guerrero had his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.


Freshman Jahmal McMurray scored in double-figures for the 10th time and continues to lead the Bulls with 13.3 points per game. He also leads USF with 32.9 minutes per game which ranks third in the conference.



> In last year’s meeting, Chris Perry had 16 points and eight rebounds. Ruben Guerrero scored 13 points.

> USF ranks third in the conference and 14th in the NCAA with 6.3 blocks per game.

> Jahmal McMurray is the second-leading scorer among freshmen in The American with 13.3 points per game.

> USF is shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three over its last two games.

> USF has been without guard Jake Bodway (back) over the last two games.

> Only two American players are logging more minutes than Jahmal McMurray (32.9).

> Jaleel Cousins ranks fourth in The American with 8.7 rebounds per game and fifth with 2.0 blocks per game.

> USF has made 15 threes in its last two games. Before that, USF made 15 in its previous 7 games.

> USF is +9.5 in rebounding in its last four games and has outrebounded three of its last four opponents (NC State).


> Seton Hall returned eight players, including two starters from last season’s 16-15 team.

> The Pirates have won their last four games and seven of their last eight.

> Seton Hall beat Troy 78-69 and lost at George Washington 72-64, both teams that USF lost to this season.

> Sophomore guard leads the team with 15.6 points per game.



The game will be televised by Fox Sports 2 with Rich Ackerman and Jim Spanarkel on the call. Listen to the radio broadcast and the voices of Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas on 820 AM and online at GoUSFBulls.comor the TuneIn radio app.


> This is the 45th season of USF basketball, which began in the fall of 1971. USF picked up its 600th win vs. Jacksonville.

> Roddy Peters is out indefinitely after suffering a fractured left foot against NC State.

> 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 players back 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 and is unlikely to play.

> USF returned 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 returned from last season.


The USF Basketball Show will air 12 times this season, nine from Beef ‘O’ Brady’s at 4103 USF Cedar Circle and three from Hooters at 13606 Bruce B Downs Blvd.The show features head coach Orlando Antigua with host Jim Lighthall. All 12 shows will air on 820 AM and online at GoUSFBulls.com. Fans are invited to come out and meet the coach. Questions can be submitted through Twitter by sending them to @USFMBB.


The next show is Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Hooters.



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 with 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 returns home on Dec. 30 when it opens American Athletic Conference play against Houston. Visit USFBullsTix.com for ticket information.

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