Sunday’s South Florida (8-20, 2-13) at Houston (9-18, 1-14) matchup will serve as a homecoming of sorts for guard Anthony Collins. The Houston native and Westbury Christian School alum will be playing in his hometown for the first time in his USF career. However, the junior now abruptly finds himself as the sole team veteran for the young Bulls heading into the final games of the regular season.
With the absence of Chris Perry due to injury and Corey Allen Jr.’s sudden six game suspension by the NCAA, USF now finds themselves as the youngest team in the entire nation in terms of experience. With the team down to only eight scholarship players for the final three games of the regular season, the door is open for Collins to carry the weight as the only active player on the roster with multiple years of division one playing time. The junior’s 5.1 assists per game has landed him 2nd in the AAC in that category, but he and his fellow starters will need to offset the absence of Allen by producing even more offensively in order for the Bulls to secure their second win over Houston in two weeks.
Like USF, Kelvin Sampson’s Houston squad has struggled mightily down the stretch in the months of January and February. Losers of six straight, the Cougars have plummeted to last in the AAC, standing just one game behind the Bulls. Having held the lead at halftime in five of those six contests, the key for Houston in Sunday's matchup will be applying 2nd half pressure and not letting the game slip away in the final minutes.
The game will be broadcast at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN3/WatchESPN. Jim Lighthall will have the call on 1010 AM.