When: 7 p.m. Dec. 28, 2010
Place: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
TV: BEN / SNY / BHSN / MASN / METRO-KC / TW-WI / COX / ALTITUDE2 / KCWX
Radio: 1250 WHNZ - Jim Lighthall, Anddrikk Frazier
Webcast: BullsVision on GoUSFBulls.com
Records:USF - 6-7, Seton Hall – 6-6
The USF men's basketball team travels to Newark to open the 2010-11 BIG EAST Conference season against Seton Hall tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be the conference opener for both teams. USF is 1-4 in BIG EAST openers since joining the conference in 2005.
USF defeated Seton Hall, 76-74, in overtime in Tampa last season to earn the Bulls' first victory over the Pirates. Seton Hall holds a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 2005-06 season.
USF: Head coach Stan Heath is in his 24th season of coaching, 10th as a head coach and fourth at USF. He has posted a 159-138 overall record and is 47-61 at USF. Heath has made three NCAA appearances (2002-Kent State, 2006 and 2007- Arkansas) and one NIT appearance in his nine-year career.
SHU: Kevin Willard is in his first year at Seton Hall after three years as head coach of Iona College. Willard guided Iona to a 21-10 overall record and was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the year in his third season with the Gaels.
The Bulls enter Tuesday's game with a 6-7 record, and having lost four of their last five, all by less than eight points. In their last outing, they fell at Cleveland State, 69-62. USF returns three starters from a team that went 20-13 overall and 9-9 in the BIG EAST last year, its best season since joining the Big East conference in 2005-06. The Bulls have one of the best frontcourts in the BIG EAST, USF returns 6-foot-11 Jarrid Famous and 6-foot-10 Augustus Gilchrist, both of which are averaging above nine points and five rebounds per game. Kansas State transfer Ron Anderson, Jr. is the team's leading rebounder at 8.5 REB along with his 8.9 PTS. JUCO transfer Jawanza Poland is tied with Gilchrist for the team scoring lead at just 10.8 PTS. Hugh Robertson is the team's most consistent deep threat, shooting it at 35% from beyond the arc. Head coach Stan Heath is in his fourth year with the Bulls.
Seton Hall is hoping to snap a mini two-game losing streak when it plays its fifth of five straight home games. The Pirates are coming off a 69-61 loss to Richmond on Sunday. Senior Jeff Robinson notched his second double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and is averaging 12,4 points per game. Jordan Theodore leads the team with 12.5 points per game and in assists with 5.0 per game among actives. Herb Pope is the team's leading rebounder with 8.4 per game.