Bulls Looking for Better Perimeter Play

Perimeter play is hurting the Bulls. The USF front court of Augustus Gilchrist, Ron Anderson Jr. and Jarrid Famous is capable enough to compete in the Big East, but they are having trouble overcoming trouble in the backcourt, especially at crunch time. The Sports Xchange gives its skinny on the Bulls outlook going forward.

Perimeter play is hurting the Bulls.

After losing, 56-46, to West Virginia on Jan. 23 in Morgantown, coach Stan Health laid it on the line.

"We just couldn't get it going," Heath said. "Shots early in the game, open 3s and layups built some frustration on our part. It hurt us and we could have gotten a little more offensive production from our perimeter. We just didn't get much help out of our perimeter guys. We've got to step up and do more from those positions."

Asked how he could achieve that, Heath responded:

"Get these guys better or go out and get recruits and replace them."

In the game, the Bulls hit just one of 13 3-point tries. Granted, they were facing the No. 1 team in the nation at defending the 3, but that is unacceptable, even for a team shooting just 30.4 from 3-point range.

Add the fact the perimeter players could get them no points on fast breaks and had only six assists to 16 turnovers and the major problem there isn't difficult to spot.

It was the same in a tough loss to Rutgers.

In truth, the South Florida front court of Augustus Gilchrist, Ron Anderson Jr. and Jarrid Famous is capable enough to compete in the Big East, but they are having trouble overcoming trouble in the backcourt, especially at crunch time.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Sometimes you need some easy points and USF is having trouble finding them. Against West Virginia on Jan. 23 they had no points off turnovers and no fast break points.

--When South Florida lost by 10 points to West Virginia it was only the second time this year the Bulls had lost by double figures.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0-9 -- The Bulls record on the road this season. They are winless in five Big East road games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was an opportunity. We let it slip away." -- Coach Stan Heath on losing to a struggling Rutgers after having scored his first Big East victory over Providence.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

THIS WEEK'S GAMES:

--vs. DePaul, Jan. 27

KEY MATCHUPS: South Florida has to forget about losing to Rutgers after beating Providence and take advantage of this opportunity. DePaul has lost 30 straight Big East road games and is winless this season in the conference. The Bulls hold a big front court advantage and would hope to get points by pounding it inside while hitting the boards hard.

FUTURE'S MARKET: F Augustus Gilchrist continues to be the one bright spot. After scoring 14 against Rutgers on 5 of 6 shooting he hit for 20 against West Virginia on 6 of 12 shooting with 10 rebounds on Jan. 23.

PLAYER NOTES

--While F Augustus Gilchrist had a big game against West Virginia 20 points and 10 rebounds, he marred it with six turnovers without an assist.


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