USF Basketball Continues Tough Stretch

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

For the third consecutive game, USF’s opponent will be ranked in the top 25 on Sunday when the Bulls play at No. 23 Memphis at 2 p.m. ET.

USF (10-9, 1-4 American) is looking to snap a three game losing streak and will try to do so in a true road environment where it is 4-1 this season. If the average attendance of 15,851 at FedExForum holds true to form, it will be the largest crowd to watch the Bulls play all season making it a challenging environment for USF to beat its first ranked team since Feb. 29, 2012, a 58-51 win at No. 19 Louisville.

It will be the first time USF has played three ranked teams consecutively since February of 2011 when the Bulls lost to No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 4 Pittsburgh and No. 9 Georgetown. Victor Rudd, who struggled in the recent loss to No. 12 Louisville on Wednesday with six points, is 16 points away from becoming the 18th player in program history with 1,000 points. The senior forward, who played his freshman season at Arizona State, has already eclipsed that milestone for his collegiate career.

The Tigers are 14-4 overall (4-2 American) and extremely good at home, sporting a record of 170-20 all-time at FedExForum, the site of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships. The 170 wins are the most in Division I since 2004-05. Joe Jackson leads the team with 14.1 points per game, followed closely by Shaq Goodwin’s 13.2 average. Josh Pastner is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Tigers with a record of 120-38.

Memphis leads the all-time series 19-3 and have won the last six meetings including an 88-73 win in Tampa on Dec. 31, 2013. The Tigers hold a 10-1 advantage over the Bulls in Memphis.

NOTES

» USF’s 47 points scored against Louisville on Wednesday was a season low

» USF outrebounded Louisville 31-30, the second consecutive time it has lost while winning the rebounding battle, third overall

» USF’s 50 points in the paint at Temple was its most since recording 50 on March 9, 2010 in a 58-49 win over Depaul

» Victor Rudd has scored in double figures in all but four games this season

» 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, he’s had at least 10 points for a double-double

» Musa Abdul-Aleem is 13-of-53 (24.5 percent) from three-point range, but 9-of-14 from two

» John Egbunu has recorded at least one blocked shot in all but four games this season (FGCU, Miss. State, vs. Cincy, vs. UL)

» John Egbunu’s 26 blocks on the season is the third most ever at USF among freshmen, first is 50

» Only six teams have attempted fewer three-pointers per game than USF (13.0)

» 59.6 percent of USF’s scoring has come via two-pointers, the 12th most in the NCAA according to KenPom

» 41.7 percent of USF’s scoring has come from three newcomers: Corey Allen Jr., John Egbunu and Chris Perry

» 22.2 percent of USF’s scoring has come from Victor Rudd

» USF is 0-6 when shooting under 40 percent from the field

» USF is 5-1 when leading at halftime, but 2-8 when trailing at the break

» USF is 7-0 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent

» Victor Rudd is one of three players (TaShawn Thomas/UH, Isaiah Sykes/USF) in the American Conference to rank in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding. 10th in scoring (14.8), 6th in rebounding (7.0)

» Corey Allen Jr. ranks 13th in assists (3.3), 13th in steals (1.5), third in minutes played (34.7)

» John Egbunu ranks 5th in the conference in rebounding (7.1), the most of any freshman, 8th in blocked shots (1.4), 7th in offensive rebounding (2.7)

» Chris Perry ranks 16th in the conference in rebounding (5.6)

GETTING TO THE LINE

USF’s 488 free throws attempted ranks second in the conference only to Louisville’s 511.

John Egbunu has attempted 14 more field goals (90) than free throws (76) on the season. According to KenPom.com, the freshman ranks 30th with a free throw rate of 84.4 percent (100*FTA/FGA).

USF ranks third in the conference in free throws made with 308.                                                                              

Through 19 games, the Bulls have recorded 78 dunks, an average of 4.0 per game. Freshman John Egbunu has led the rim-rattling with 29 dunks (page 6). Nine of Egbunu’s dunks have come from an alley-oop pass from junior point guard Anthony Collins. The only game in which USF did not recorded a dunk was on Jan. 4 against Houston.

USF returns home to face SMU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs won the first meeting 71-54 in Dallas earlier this season.

SOURCE: USF Athletics

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