A deeper analysis into the numbers show how the game was lost for the Blue Demons.
Given the large margin of victory for the Bulls, it's no surprise that the team dominated the Blue Demons statistically nearly across the board. DePaul played poor defensively and South Florida took advantage.
The Bulls' offensive efficiency for the game was excellent. The main reason for South Florida's efficient display offensively is due to the fact the team shot well from the field (51.7%). To go one step further, a reason for the high shooting percentage is because of a solid shooting display from beyond the arc (7-17, 41%) from the Bulls. Another factor for South Florida's offensive success was the team's ability to capitalize from the free-throw line (13-15, 86.7%). In summary, excellent shooting in all facets of the game helped spur such a high efficiency rate for the Bulls.
As expected, South Florida held a comfortable advantage in the effective field-goal percentage category. As mentioned previously, the fact that the Bulls were able to shoot a good percentage from the field, especially from three-point range, is exemplified in the team's eFG%. DePaul, on the other hand, struggled shooting the ball for the game (45.8%), especially from three (2-13, 15%), and it showed in its respective eFG%. Poor three-point shooting continues to be an achilles heel for the Blue Demons. For the season, DePaul is connecting on only 27% from downtown. As a result, the team is ranked nearly dead-last (335th out of 341 teams) in Div. 1-A in this particular statistic.
The offensive rebounding percentage was greatly in the Bulls favor. For the game, South Florida managed to grab 13 offensive rebounds compared to seven offensive rebounds for the Blue Demons. Hence the wide disparity between the two teams in this statistical category. Overall, the Bulls punished DePaul on the boards, carrying a 40-22 edge in the rebounding department.
The free-throw rate was in the Blue Demons' favor, but the team wasn't able to take advantage of the extra opportunities at the line. DePaul went to the charity stripe eight more times than South Florida, but the Bulls actually ended up making one more free-throw (13) than the Blue Demons (12) in the game. In the end, even if DePaul managed to connect on more of its free-throws, the outcome of the game wouldn't have changed.
DePaul's next game comes against Cincinnati on Saturday, January 17th at Allstate Arena. This will be the fifth Big East conference game for both teams once the Bearcats face off against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Wednesday.