USF Looking for Continued Road Success

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

TAMPA, JAN 8, 2014 – USF has never been 4-0 in true road games in its 43 seasons of men’s basketball, but will have a chance to do so on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Temple.

The Bulls (9-6, 0-2 American) are 3-0 on the road, the best since the 1998-99 season when it won at Texas on Nov. 21, at Duquesne on Dec. 2 and at Marquette on Dec. 13 before losing at Cleveland State on Jan. 2. So far this season, USF has recorded road victories over Bowling Green, George Mason and Bradley.

The Bulls are led by senior forward Victor Rudd with a team-best 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, one of two players in The American who ranks in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding.

SCOUTING TEMPLE
The Owls (5-7, 0-2 American) are led by the conference’s second-leading scorer Will Cummings who averages 17.8 points per game. Temple is coming off a 78-76 loss at UCF on Saturday and has not won a home game since Dec. 4, a 77-69 win over Saint Joseph’s. Unlike the Bulls, who are coming off a season-low 58 points in a 67-58 loss to Houston on Saturday, Temple has had little trouble scoring the ball averaging 78.2 points per game which ranks fourth in the conference. However, the Owls are last in scoring defense, allowing 75.4 points per game.

SERIES
The Bulls had a similar record two years ago, 9-7 on Jan. 9, 2012, before making their NCAA Tournament run and defeating Temple in the process, 58-44 on March 16, 2012 in the second round in Nashville, Tenn. That is the only time the two teams have met. Anthony Collins and Victor Rudd are the only players from that team that have played this season. Both scored 17 points in that game.

NOTES
Martino Brock came off the bench to lead the Bulls in scoring with 11 points on Saturday. It was the first time a non-starter led USF in points since Jawanza Poland had 11 in a 59-41 loss to Louisville (2/17/13)
USF’s 58 points scored and field goal percentage of 37.0 (20-54) against Houston on Saturday was a season low
USF’s 21 three-point attempts on Saturday against Houston was a season high
Saturday broke a streak of nine straight where Victor Rudd recorded at least 10 points and five rebounds
Saturday broke a streak of 10 games where Victor Rudd has scored in double figures. He has in all but two games this season
Anthony Collins has led the team in assists in every game he’s played this season (8, missed the first two and last five due to injury)
John Egbunu has recorded at least one blocked shot in all but two game this season (FGCU, Mississippi State)
Junior Shemiye McLendon’s only starts in his career have come in the last four games
59.1 percent of USF’s scoring has come via two-pointers, the 20th most in the NCAA according to KenPom
43.4 percent of USF’s scoring has come from three newcomers: Corey Allen Jr., John Egbunu and Chris Perry
22.8 percent of USF’s scoring has come from Victor Rudd
USF is 0-3 when shooting under 40 percent from the field
USF is 5-1 when outrebounding its opponent
USF is 5-1 when leading at halftime, but 2-5 when trailing at the break
John Egbunu is one of 10 players in the country to attempt more free throws than field goals. According to KenPom.com his free throw rate is 101.5, which ranks ninth in the NCAA.
Victor Rudd is one of two players (TaShawn Thomas/UH) in the American Conference to rank in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding. 8th in scoring (15.7), 7th in rebounding (7.1)
Corey Allen Jr. ranks 23rd in the conference in scoring (11.9), 23rd in rebounding (4.8), 13th in assists (3.5), seventh in steals (1.7), first in minutes played (36.2)
John Egbunu ranks 9th in the conference in rebounding (6.9), the most of any freshman, 5th in blocked shots (1.6), 8th in offensive rebounding (2.8)
John Egbunu’s 24 blocks on the season is the fourth most ever at USF among freshmen
Chris Perry ranks 15th in the conference in rebounding (5.9)

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USF’s heralded freshmen John Egbunu and Chris Perry have been impressive so far this season but have rarely been on target at the same time. Only three times has the duo scored in double figures during the same game… OSU, FGCU and Santa Clara.

LAST TIME OUT
Houston led by as many as 14 and nearly the entire game in a low scoring 67-58 win over USF. TaShawn Thomas, one of the top players in The American led with a game-high 13 points to go with six blocks and six steals. The Bulls shot just 37 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from 3-point range and 52.0 percent from the free throw line.

UP NEXT
USF has an off weekend and will next play at SMU on Wednesday. The series is tied 2-2 with the Bulls winning the last two meetings (2008, 2009). The game will be on ESPNU.

SOURCE: USF Athletics

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