Brad Posted March 11, 2014 Group: Admin Topic Count: 12,937 Content Count: 92,111 Reputation: 8,507 Days Won: 399 Joined: 05/19/2000 Share Posted March 11, 2014 Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Time: 7 p.m. ET Location: Memphis, Tenn./FedExForum (18,400) TV: ESPNU (Mike Patrick, Tim Welsh) | WatchESPN Radio: 98.7 FM The Fan, Sirius: 192, XM: 92 (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) | BullsCast Game Notes: USF | Rutgers Follow: Championships Central | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram MEMPHIS, TENN., MARCH 10, 2014 â€“ In the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships, the No. 10 seed University of South Florida will face No. 7 seed Rutgers in the first round Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Bulls (12-19, 3-15) enter the four-day event at FedExForum in Memphis after dropping their season finale, 66-65 on Saturday to Temple. The Scarlet Knights (11-20, 3-13) are coming off a 70-66 loss to Cincinnati. The winner will face No. 2 seed and nationally ranked (5th) Louisville on Thursday at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. Senior Victor Rudd (Los Angeles) leads the team with 15.9 points per game and has averaged 21.0 points over the past six games. Rudd also leads the Bulls in rebounding with 6.8 per game including an average of 7.8 over the past six games. He needs one point to move into the top 10 in career scoring at USF. Freshmen John Egbunu and Chris Perry are enjoying standout seasons as rookies. Egbunu (Nigeria) needs five rebounds to tie B.B. Walton (197) for the most rebounds in a season for a freshman at USF. His 6.2 rebounds ranks first among conference freshmen. Perry (Bartow) is a five-time recipient of the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week and ranks second among conference freshmen in scoring at 8.8 points per game. SCOUTING RUTGERS The Scarlet Knights are led by Myles Mack who leads the team with 15.1 points and 4.4 assists per game. Kadeem Jack is the teamâ€™s leading rebounder with 6.9 per game. J.J. Moore scored a team-high 19 points in the win over the Bearcats on Saturday. SERIES Rutgers leads the overall series 9-5 and swept the season series with a 79-69 win over USF on Feb. 5 in Tampa and a 74-73 victory on March 1. NOTES Â» Freshman Josh Heath has 18 points and four turnovers over his last four games Â» Victor Rudd over the last six games: 21.0 points, 7.8 rebounds. Has scored 32.2 percent of USF points over that span. Â» USFâ€™s turnovers over the last four games: 11, 11, 6, 8 for an average of 9.0 Â» Martino Brock is 43-of-81, 53.0% from the field over his last eight games Â» Chris Perryâ€™s free throws: First 15 games... 23-of-53, 43%. Last 11 games... 33-of-46, 71.7% Â» In every game Victor Rudd has recorded at least 10 rebounds (6), heâ€™s had at least 10 points for a double-double Â» Josh Heath has 54 assists and 25 turnovers for a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio, the 2nd best in The American in conference-only games Â» Victor Ruddâ€™s assists: he has 58 so far this season and had 32 in all 30 games last season Â» Musa Abdul-Aleem is 16-of-67 (23.9 percent) from three-point range, but 9-of-18 from two. Has not played in the last five games. Â» John Egbunu has recorded at least one blocked shot in all but seven games this season Â» John Egbunuâ€™s 41 blocks on the season is the third most ever at USF among freshmen, first is 50 Â» John Egbunuâ€™s 192 rebounds is the second most ever at USF among freshmen, first is 197 Â» 51 of John Egbunuâ€™s 85 field goals have been dunks (60 percent) Â» Only one team in the nation (Lamar) has attempted fewer three-pointers per game than USF (12.0) Â» 62.0 percent of USFâ€™s scoring has come via two-pointers, the most in the NCAA according to KenPom Â» 38.8 percent of USFâ€™s scoring has come from three newcomers: Corey Allen Jr., John Egbunu and Chris Perry Â» 24.2 percent of USFâ€™s scoring has come from Victor Rudd Â» USF is 5-4 in games decided by three points or less Â» USF is 0-11 when shooting under 40 percent from the field Â» USF is 7-5 when leading at halftime and 2-14 when trailing at the break Â» John Egbunu ranks 11th in the conference in rebounding (6.2), the most of any freshman, 9th in blocked shots (1.3), 9th in offensive rebounding (2.5) Â» Chris Perry ranks 17th in the conference in rebounding (5.3) and leads all freshmen in the conference in scoring with 8.8 points per game Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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