TAMPA, FEB. 11, 2014 – USF will take on its seventh ranked team of the season when it plays at No. 24 UConn at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Hartford, Conn.
With five of the 10-team American Athletic Conference currently ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll, the remaining seven regular season games will be challenging for the Bulls (12-12, 3-8) who are coming off a 79-69 loss to Rutgers on Saturday. USF is 0-6 this season when playing a ranked opponent, but now have a win over a team that just entered the Top 25 for the first time since 1985 in No. 23 SMU.
The Bulls have been led all season by senior forward Victor Rudd (Los Angeles) and his 15.0 points per game which ranks ninth in The American. He ranks 15th in career scoring at USF and is 43 points shy of tying Fred Lewis (1,105) for 14th. Rudd was selected to The American Honor Roll for the fourth time this season after averaging 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds last week which included a season-high 25 points at UCF.
The Bulls’ other senior, Martino Brock (Memphis, Tenn.) enjoyed a solid week with a season-high 17 points in the game against Rutgers and in USF’s 79-78 overtime win at UCF. The guard has started 11 times this season, but has come off the bench in each of the last five games as head coach Stan Heath has stuck with the same starting five over that span.
The No. 24 Huskies (18-5, 6-4) have won four of their last five games including a 75-55 win at UCF on Sunday. Senior guard Shabazz Napier is a do-it-all player for UConn as he leads the team with 17.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. The Huskies are coached by former UConn great Kevin Ollie who is in his first year at the helm.
UConn leads the all-time series 10-2 but USF won the last meeting 65-51 in Tampa last season. The last two meetings in Connecticut went to the Huskies, both in overtime. UConn won 69-64 on Feb. 3, 2013 and 66-61 on Dec. 31, 2010.
» John Egbunu and Chris Perry each recorded at least 10 points in the same game (Rutgers) for just the fourth time this season
» Martino Brock has tied a season high with 17 points in each of his last two games and a combined 14-of-24 from the field
» USF has outscored its opponent in the paint the last four games
» The Bulls had no blocked shots against Rutgers, the second time this season with zero
» Chris Perry’s free throws: First 15 games… 23-of-53, 43%. Last eight games… 26-of-36, 72.2%
» Victor Rudd and Corey Allen Jr. are the only two players to start in every game this season for the Bulls
» In every game Victor Rudd has recorded at least 10 rebounds (5), he’s had at least 10 points for a double-double
» Musa Abdul-Aleem is 13-of-54 (24.1 percent) from three-point range, but 9-of-15 from two
» John Egbunu has recorded at least one blocked shot in all but six games this season (FGCU, Miss. State, vs. Cincy, vs. UL, at Mem., vs. Rut)
» John Egbunu’s 31 blocks on the season is the third most ever at USF among freshmen, first is 50
» John Egbunu’s 155 rebounds is the fourth most ever at USF among freshmen, first is 197
» 39 of John Egbunu’s 65 field goals have been dunks
» Only two teams in the nation have attempted fewer three-pointers per game than USF (12.0)
» 61.6 percent of USF’s scoring has come via two-pointers, the 5th most in the NCAA according to KenPom
» 41.2 percent of USF’s scoring has come from three newcomers: Corey Allen Jr., John Egbunu and Chris Perry
» 22.4 percent of USF’s scoring has come from Victor Rudd
» USF is 5-1 in games decided by three points or less
» USF is 0-8 when shooting under 40 percent from the field
» USF is 7-1 when leading at halftime, but 2-11 when trailing at the break
» USF is 8-0 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent
» USF’s 580 free throws attempted ranks second in the conference
» Victor Rudd is one of three players (TaShawn Thomas/UH, Isaiah Sykes/UCF) in the American Conference to rank in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding. 10th in scoring (15.0), 9th in rebounding (6.8)
» Corey Allen Jr. ranks 14th in assists (3.0), 13th in steals (1.4), fourth in minutes played (34.1)
» John Egbunu ranks 9th in the conference in rebounding (6.8), the most of any freshman, 10th in blocked shots (1.3), 9th in offensive rebounding (2.5)
» Chris Perry ranks 15th in the conference in rebounding (5.8) and leads all freshmen in the conference in scoring with 9.7 points per game
USF plays in-state rival UCF on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPNews. The Bulls won the first meeting in an exciting fashion, 79-78 in overtime on a free throw with 0.8 seconds remaining.
SOURCE: USF Athletics