The road of AAC Conference play has been rough for South Florida (7-19, 1-12), losers of eleven straight contests since January 3rd. The Bulls have lost in a variety of ways during this stretch, from hard fought losses in OT to 20+ point blowouts. Tuesday night will bring Coach Antigua’s guys their best opportunity for a victory in weeks as they host fellow conference cellar dweller Houston (9-15, 1-11).
For this contest, eyes will be on Ruben Guerrero and whether or not he can continue to show promise within the USF starting lineup. Despite the blowout loss to Memphis on Saturday, Guerrero shined with a career high 17 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort. “He’s a kid that continues to improve and we’re excited about his growth and his maturity,” Orlando Antigua said after the game. “He had a really good outing and I’m glad because his parents are in from Spain. We may need to convince them to move here.” Also of note is the role guard Nemeias Morillo will play. After missing two games due to sickness, Morillo returned to a limited twenty minutes in Saturday’s contest, so we will see if he’s back at 100% and play a majority of the game.
Similar to USF, Houston has struggled mightily since the calendar switched to 2015. The Cougars have lost nine of their past eleven contests, with lone victories coming against Rice and Uconn. Leading scorer Jherrod Stiggers is questionable for Tuesday night due to a coaching decision from Kelvin Sampson for violating team policy. Stiggers previously missed Sunday’s game at UCF. The Cougars lead the AAC in made 3 point field goals, which is an advantage that Sampson’s squad could use against a South Florida team that struggles mightily when defending shots from beyond the arc.
Coverage of the game will begin at 7 pm ET on ESPNews. Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas will have the call on 1010 AM.