Despite their record, Coach Orlando Antigua is confident that South Florida (7-15, 1-8) is making strides and improvement as each game goes along. He shared this sentiment after their 78-71 OT loss to Tulsa on Saturday. ““We just want to continue to keep taking steps toward getting better. Not worry about the results, worry about every possession, competing and trying to get better. If we can do that the results will take care of themselves.” The Bulls certainly hope better results come on Wednesday night as they host Temple (15-7, 6-3). These two teams previously squared off a few weeks back on January 22nd when the Owls clobbered USF 73-48.
The Bulls are still seemingly adjusting to life without Chris Perry. The sophomore forward will miss his fourth straight contest after being ruled out indefinitely due to chest pains last week. In his absence, several players have stepped up for USF, including fellow returning starter Corey Allen Jr. The dynamic guard posted a career high 32 points on Saturday and nearly willed the Bulls to an upset over conference the conference leading Golden Hurricane. USF will need an all-around effort to snap their seven game losing streak and bring down rolling Temple. The Owls are in the midst of their own three game winning streak and look to secure another victory over the Bulls with the combo of guard Quenton DeCosey who averages 13.5 points per game and forward Jaylen Bond who leads the AAC with 8.1 rebounds per game.
The game will be televised at 6:30 pm ET on ESPNews. Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas will have the call on 1010 AM.