The road ahead for South Florida (7-14, 1-7) doesn’t any get easier for them as they are set for a rematch with AAC leading Tulsa (15-5, 8-0) on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. The game will be the first in which the Bulls will play three of the next four games away from Tampa.
Certainly Coach Orlando Antigua’s guys would love to see the calendar turn away from the month of January. Since their home win over East Carolina on January 3rd, the Bulls have dropped a season high six straight contests, including blowout losses to Uconn, Temple, and a 75-59 loss to the Golden Hurricane in their previous matchup on January 17th. On top of the losing streak, USF will once again be without sophomore forward Chris Perry for the third straight contest. Perry was examined for chest pains on Monday and ruled out indefinitely the following day. His absence has been felt inside as the Bulls have been thoroughly outrebounded by opposing bigs in the previous two games. In the rising star’s absence, Nehemias Morillo has stepped up offensively, averaging 14.5 points over the last four games while Bo Zeigler has smoothly provided a presence in the starting lineup. South Florida will have to be firing on all cylinders to counter the offensive attack of Tulsa’s Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard who ranked second and third in the AAC in scoring.
The game will be broadcasted from Tulsa on ESPNews. As usual, Jim Lighthall will have the call on 1010 AM for the Bulls.