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BULLS HOST TEMPLE SATURDAY IN AUTISM AWARENESS GAME

Matchup: USF (17-7, 7-5) vs. Temple (18-7, 8-4)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Time: 6 p.m. EST
Location: Tampa, Fla. | Yuengling Center
TV: ESPNU (Kevin Brown, Sean Harrington)
Radio: AM 820 | USF Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston)
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TAMPA, FEB. 15, 2019 – The USF men's basketball team aims for its fourth straight home victory Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Bulls welcome Temple to the Yuengling Center for the program's Autism Awareness Game.

The Coaches Powering Forward for Autism initiative was created in 2014 by USF assistant coach Tom Herrion and Towson head coach Pat Skerry. The duo founded the project to help raise awareness about autism, which affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.

Inspired by their sons, both diagnosed with autism, Herrion and Skerry made a simple request to fellow coaches – wear the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece pin during the televised February weekend games.  In an overwhelming response, more than 82 NCAA coaches and broadcasters took to the sidelines and airwaves throughout that weekend in 2014, wearing the puzzle pin. By 2018, the support soared to 375 NCAA coaches wearing the pins and more than 420 schools showing their support of people with autism.

The 2019 goal is to continue to grow this initiative to include all Division I programs, along with other divisions and provide basketball coaches, their teams and schools with an even greater opportunity to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

USF (17-7, 7-5) has won five of its last six games and is led by the 15.4 points per game of sophomore guard David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio). Collins has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games and has shot 56.8 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from three-point range during that stretch.

Redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ranks second on the team with 13.7 points per game and enters play Saturday only 12 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Rideau also ranks third in the NCAA with 3.1 steals per game and paces The American with 5.8 assists per game. In the first meeting with Temple earlier this season, Rideau registered a triple-double with 18 points, 10 assists and 10 steals.

Redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna (Paris) returned from injury Wednesday at UCF and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Yetna leads The American and ranks 21st in the country with 9.9 rebounds per game while also leading the conference with 10 double-doubles.

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Thanks for the analysis.

I'm taking Bulls in bounce back win that effects the conference standings.  For any chance to get a first round bye, this seems like a must win..

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Biggest home game in almost a decade.  

Most important game at the Dome in 20 years.

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Radio saying we could have a few players not playing tonight...

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Collins and Q are very banged up. They will play but will be watched carefully. Temple’s starting center is out.

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Game on Espn3 due to softball game going over

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