After suffering a 25 point blowout loss at Temple on Thursday night, Coach Orlando Antigua’s USF Bulls (7-12, 1-5) are still searching for solutions to break their two month long slump. South Florida has dropped eleven of their last thirteen contests since December 2nd and are in the midst of a conference stretch where the losses may continue to pile up. “Those guys are hurting a little bit because they’ve been working hard in practice every day to get better,” Antigua said after the Temple loss. “I told them, ‘Look, we can’t have lapses. We can’t have missed assignments or lose focus.’” Sunday afternoon will bring another opportunity to regain focus as the team heads to Hartford for a rematch with defending national champion Uconn (10-7, 3-2).
The two teams previously met on January 6th in front of a packed Sun Dome where Uconn was able to come back from an early deficit and pull away with a 58-44 road victory. Since then, the Kevin Ollie’s Huskies have been inconsistent, which has been the story of their season so far. A January 10th victory over Cincinnati was followed by back to back road losses to Tulsa and Stanford before returning home for a 67-60 victory over UCF this past Thursday. The Huskies are still led by star pre-season conference player of the year Ryan Boatright, who leads the AAC with 15.8 points per game. A win on Sunday could re-establish momentum for Uconn as they look to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament.
The game will tip off at Noon ET on CBS Sports Network. Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas will have the call on 1010 AM in Tampa.