USF Men's Basketball Preview: Bowling Green

The South Florida Men's Basketball team hits the road for the first this season against Bowling Green on Friday night. USFNation.com breaks down the 1-0 Falcons.

Stan Heath and the South Florida Bulls hope to improve to 3-0 after they square off against a member of the Mid-American Conference, Bowling Green on Friday evening inside the Stroh Center.

The Falcons opened up the 2013-14 season with a 109-49 win against Earlham last Saturday, while recording a school record 22 steals along the way. For the first time since 2009, six Falcons scored in double figures.

Against Earlham, Bowling Green distributed the ball terrifically - recording 22 assists, were 30-0 in points off turnovers and outscored them 58-14 in points in the paint. The Bulls have size themselves, but the Falcons have both, size and experience in the front court for head coach Louis Orr.

Leading the Falcons with four blocks against Earlham last Saturday, 6-foot-8 junior forward Richaun Holmes set the BGSU single-season record with 73 blocks on the season in 2012. The Falcons scored 58 points in the season opener and continue to play inside-out under the tutelage of coach Orr.

With several young and inexperienced players on scattered throughout South Florida's roster, the Stroh center may be one of the worst venues to get wide eyes on your first collegiate road trip.

The Falcons are 24-9 inside the Stroh Center the past two seasons, including a 3-0 mark against teams that eventually made it to the NCAA Tournament, while winning at least 10 home games the past three seasons. If the Falcons score 70 or more points at home, don't expect to resume classes the following day with a smile on your face. Bowling Green is an all time 12-0 at home when scoring 70 points or more.

The Falcons lost their two top-scorers from the 2012 season, as well as three of their five starters. There's one Falcon that might have filled one of the slots after his strong performance in the season opener.

In first career start, junior guard Jehvon Clark set new career highs with 17 points, eight assists and six steals against Earlham.

Experienced big man Cam Black rules the middle for the Falcons. The 6-foot-10, 258-pound senior finished Saturday night's game with 12 points, five rebounds and three steals. Black ranks sixth all-time with 102 career blocked shots at BGSU and needs three more to slide up another spot.

The scoring will have to come from somewhere this season. Not a single player on the Falcons' roster has scored 20 points in a game.

The Bulls lead the series against Bowling Green 2-0. The last time these two teams met, the Bulls snuck out of the Sun Dome with a 87-84 triple overtime win over the Falcons. Tipoff is set for 8:30 tonight inside the Stroh Center.


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