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USF Plays at No. 17 SMU Saturday


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Matchup: USF (3-11, 0-1) vs. No. 17 SMU (12-0, 1-0)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Dallas, Texas | Moody Coliseum (7,000)

TV: ESPNEWS (Ted Emrich, Mark Wise) | WatchESPN

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

Game Notes: USF | SMU

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USF Plays at No. 17 SMU Saturday

Bulls’ first game in 2016 is against one of four unbeaten teams in the NCAA


TAMPA, JAN. 1, 2016 – USF faces one of four unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET when it plays at No. 17 SMU.


The Bulls (3-11, 0-1) are coming off a 73-67 loss to Houston on Wednesday. USF shot a season-high 52.4 percent from the field in the first half and outrebounded the Cougars by 22, but turned the ball over 20 times which led to 29 Houston points. The Mustangs (12-0, 1-0) opened American Athletic Conference play with an 81-69 win at Tulsa on Tuesday.


SMU leads the all-time series 5-3 and has won the past two meetings.


It will be the second ranked opponent that USF will face this season. The Bulls lost to No. 1 Kentucky 84-63 in November, one of the many tough opponents on the USF schedule which currently ranks No. 20 in difficulty according to the NCAA.


Freshman guard Jahmal McMurray leads the Bulls with 13.4 points per game which ranks 12th in the American Athletic Conference. He scored 18 points against the Cougars, second on the team to Chris Perry’s season-high 19 points. The junior forward added 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Perry’s season average of 7.2 rebounds per game ranks as the 13th most in the conference.


Leading the rebounding effort so far this season is senior center Jaleel Cousins with 8.2 boards per game. He had 10 rebounds against Houston, his sixth game this season with 10 or more boards.



> USF is looking for its first win over a ranked team since Feb. 19, 2012, a 58-51 win at No. 19 Louisville.

> Angel Nunez was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday after 19 pts at Seton Hall.

> USF ranks second in the conference and 11th in the NCAA with 6.2 blocks per game.

> USF's strength of schedule ranks No. 20 according to the NCAA.

> Freshman Jahmal McMurray, who turned 20 years old on Friday, ranks 12th in the conference in scoring (13.4).

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

> Jahmal McMurray leads the conference in minutes played at 33.5.

> Jaleel Cousins ranks seventh in The American with 8.2 rebounds per game and fifth with 1.8 blocks per game.

> Chris Perry is coming off a season-high 19 points vs. Houston. His 10 rebounds gave a double-double.

> USF is +10.2 in rebounding in its last six games and has outrebounded five of its last six opponents (NC State).


> No. 17 SMU is one of four undefeated teams which includes Oklahoma, South Carolina and Xavier.

> SMU's field goal percentage of 52.7 and 3-point percentage of 44.9 ranks fifth in the NCAA.

> SMU’s rebounding margin of +14.1 ranks second in the NCAA.

> Senior guard Nic Moore’s 16.2 points per game ranks second in the conference and 5.0 assists per game ranks 5.0.


Broadcast Information

The game will be televised by ESPNEWS with Ted Emrich and Mark Wise on the call. Listen to the radio broadcast and the voices of Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas on 820 AM and online at GoUSFBulls.com or 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 Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at Hooters.



USF plays at UCF on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Bulls return home again until Jan. 10 when they host No. 22 Cincinnati at noon. Visit USFBullsTix.com for ticket information.

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