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USF Plays at Rival UCF Wednesday


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Matchup: USF (3-12, 0-2) vs. UCF (7-5, 1-0)

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Orlando, Fla. | CFE Arena (10,000)

TV: ESPNEWS (Allen Bestwick, Sean Harrington) |WatchESPN

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

Game Notes: USF

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USF Plays at Rival UCF Wednesday

USF leads the overall series 22-9


TAMPA, JAN. 5, 2016 – USF will try for its first road win of the season on Wednesday at 7 p.m.against rival UCF.


The Bulls (3-12, 0-2) are coming off a 72-58 loss at No. 17 SMU on Wednesday, while the Knights (7-5, 1-0) won their American Athletic Conference opener at East Carolina, 71-68.


USF leads the all-time series 22-9 including an 8-6 advantage in Orlando. The two teams have split the series in each of the last three years with the Bulls winning the last meeting 75-55 in Tampa.


USF is led in scoring by freshman guard Jahmal McMurray with 13.6 points per game. He averaged 17.5 points last week and was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday. His scoring average ranks 12th in the conference and second among freshmen. McMurray is the second consecutive player to be recognized by the conference as senior Angel Nunez was named to the honor roll last week. Nunez is averaging 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds this season after transferring from Gonzaga.



USF is trying for its first road win of the season (0-4).

USF is coming off a hard-fought loss at No. 17 SMU and held the Mustangs to a season-low 41.1 percent shooting.

> USF ranks second in the conference and 10th in the NCAA with 6.1 blocks per game.

> USF's strength of schedule ranks No. 8 according to the NCAA.

> USF’s 40.2 rebounds per game ranks fourth in the conference and 50th in the NCAA.

> Freshman Jahmal McMurray leads the conference in minutes played at 33.8.

> Jaleel Cousins ranks eighth in The American with 8.2 rebounds per game and fourth with 1.7 blocks per game.

> USF has outrebounded five of its last seven opponents (NC State & SMU).


> UCF is 5-2 at home this season. One of its losses was to George Washington (67-50). GW beat USF 73-67 earlier this season.

> UCF ranks third in the conference and 32nd in the NCAA with 41.50 rebounds per game.

> UCF 7-6 freshman Tacko Fall leads the conference and ranks 27th in the NCAA with 2.4 blocked shots per game.

> Sophomore A.J. Davis leads the Knights with 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He was named to the conference honor roll on Monday.



The game will be televised by ESPNEWS with Allen Bestwick and Sean Harrington 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 600thwin 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. 11 at 7 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s.



USF hosts Cincinnati at noon on Jan. 10. USF will be giving away Rocky Bobbleheads in the Sun Dome. Visit USFBullsTix.com for ticket information.


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I think the very strong USF OOC strength of schedule will serve them well in AAC play,especially against UCF. I think it will be a very close game, either team can win. If I were betting, I would bet USF on a straight up bet.

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