South Florida (7-13, 1-6) is certainly going through the growing pains that is expected of a young team with a first year head coach. Orlando Antigua’s guys are in the midst of their second five game losing streak of the season and now will return home for a rematch with scorching hot SMU (16-4, 7-1) who previously demolished the Bulls 83-49 on New Year’s Eve.
The story for USF entering this game will be the status of Chris Perry. The sophomore forward, who is averaging 10.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a regular starter, missed Sunday’s game at Uconn due to chest pains. After three days of evaluations, Antigua listed Perry as “day to day”. This loss has given opportunity for Bo Zeigler to step in and play a huge role. The redshirt freshman has provided a spark off the bench for the Bulls in most games and made his first start of the season on Sunday in Hartford to replace the injured Perry. Zeigler spoke of Perry’s impact and how he has to step up against SMU when speaking to the media on Tuesday afternoon. “Chris plays a big role for us as far as rebounding and scoring. I just want to come in, try to be aggressive, and try to carry some of that load that he brings to us.”
The game will be broadcasted at 7 pm ET on ESPNU. It will also be carried on 1010 AM where Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas will have the call.