USF Hosts Conference Leader No. 19 Cincinnati

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

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TAMPA, JAN. 17, 2014 – USF will take on American Athletic Conference leader, No. 19 Cincinnati on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Sun Dome.

It will be the third ranked team USF has faced this season. The previous two meetings were a loss to then No. 5 Oklahoma State on Nov. 25 and No. 18 Memphis on Dec. 31. The Bulls (10-7, 1-3 American) have not beaten a ranked team since a 58-51 win at No. 19 Louisville on Feb. 29, 2012.

Victor Rudd is coming off his worst outing of the season, scoring just five points in USF’s 71-54 loss at SMU on Wednesday. The senior forward is the Bulls’ leading scorer at 15.5 points per game which ranks 10th in the conference.

SCOUTING CINCINNATI

The Bearcats are 16-2 and 5-0 in conference play for the first time under eighth year head coach Mick Cronin and the first time since starting 6-0 in Conference USA in 2002-03. Cincinnati is led by Sean Kilpatrick, The American’s scoring leader at 18.6 points per game. With 11 points on Saturday, the senior guard will move into fifth place on the UC all-time scoring list. The Bearcats have won nine-straight games and have not lost since Dec. 14 against crosstown-rival Xavier.

SERIES

Cincinnati leads the all-time series 24-8 including an 8-6 record in Tampa. The Bearcats won the last meeting 61-53 on March 9, 2013 at the Sun Dome.

NOTES

» Zach LeDay scored a season-high 12 points last time out at SMU near his hometown of The Colony. It was the first time this season he led the team in points and/or rebounds.

» USF’s 54 points scored and 32.1 field goal percentage on Wednesday were season-lows

» USF had two players record at least 10 rebounds in a game against Temple (John Egbunu 11, Victor Rudd 10). It was the first time that happened since Jan. 10, 2012 against Notre Dame when Ron Anderson Jr. and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick each had 10.

» 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 three games this season

» Victor Rudd and Corey Allen Jr. are the only two players to start in every game this season

» 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

» Anthony Collins has led the team in assists in every game he’s played this season (8, missed the first two and last seven due to injury)

» John Egbunu has recorded at least one blocked shot in all but two game this season (FGCU, Mississippi State)

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

» 59.1 percent of USF’s scoring has come via two-pointers, the 18th most in the NCAA according to KenPom

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

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

» USF is 0-4 when shooting under 40 percent from the field

» USF is 6-1 when outrebounding its opponent

» USF is 5-1 when leading at halftime, but 2-6 when trailing at the break

» USF is 7-0 when committing less 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 (15.5), 7th in rebounding (6.9)

» Corey Allen Jr. ranks 19th in the conference in scoring (11.8), 25th in rebounding (4.5), 12th in assists (3.5), 11th in steals (1.5), third in minutes played (35.6)

» John Egbunu ranks 7th in the conference in rebounding (6.9), the most of any freshman, 5th in blocked shots (1.5), 7th in offensive rebounding (2.8)

» Chris Perry ranks 16th in the conference in rebounding (5.8)

GETTING TO THE LINE

USF’s 451 free throws attempted ranks second in the conference only to Louisville’s 460.

John Egbunu has attempted only eight more field goals (80) than free throws (72) on the season. According to KenPom.com, the freshman ranks 25th with a free throw rate of 90.0 percent (100*FTA/FGA).

USF ranks third in the conference in free throws made with 296.

MILESTONE APPROACHING                                                                           

Senior forward Victor Rudd is 34 points away from becoming the 18th player to reach 1,000 career points at USF.  Now in his third season with the Bulls, Rudd totaled 38 points as a freshman at Arizona State (2009-10).

LAST TIME OUT

Zach LeDay put together his best game of the season near his hometown, but the Bulls couldn’t catch up to SMU after a slow start in a 71-54 loss Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum. LeDay scored a season-high 12 points while Chris Perry also scored in double figures with 10 points. One game after scoring a season-best 50 points in the paint, the Bulls were outscored down low 42-24.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

On Saturday, USF is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Club of St. Petersburg. About 30 kids will be helping out in different capacities such as handing out programs, selecting music and on court promotions.

UP NEXT

USF will play its second consecutive ranked opponent when it hosts #18/14 Louisville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

SOURCE: USF Athletics

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