Bulls Men's Basketball Team Report

Not much is expected of South Florida this season, which doesn't bother the Bulls. After all, the same was true for the football team. The football Bulls won enough league games to earn a trip to a bowl game. The basketball team also hopes to earn a postseason bid.

That may be a tall order. The South Florida Bulls started the season 3-2 including a double-overtime loss to Florida International and a 12-point setback to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

It doesn't get easier in the coming weeks, with Michigan, Iowa State, and UAB still to come. Some of the injured Bulls will need to get healthy in a hurry to keep those postseason dreams alive much into January.

Notes and Quotes:

Former Bull Bradley Mosely died of cancer on October 29. He was the team's second-leading scorer in 2003-04, and sat out last season after being diagnosed in November 2004. ... Injuries have hampered the Bulls in the first month of the season. The situation got so bad that Collin Dennis, suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, was put into the Florida International game in the second overtime despite the fact that he could barely run.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I first got onto the floor at FIU, I really felt like a kid in a candy shop. I feel like I'm just living the dream; it's something that many people dream about, and I'm actually doing it." -- Walk-on Jonathan Willis on making his collegiate debut.

Strategy and Personnel
South Florida has been forced to use a six-man rotation for much of the season because of injuries to Collin Dennis and Chris Howard.

ROTATION: Usual Starters -- G Chris Capko, G James Holmes, F Melvin Buckley, F Melvyn Richardson, C Solomon Jones. Key Sub -- G/F McHugh Mattis.

GAME REVIEW:

Florida International 69, South Florida 65.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi 59, South Florida 47.

South Florida 72, Georgia Southern 66.

GAME PREVIEW:

at Stetson, Tuesday, Dec. 6.

vs. Michigan, Saturday, Dec. 10.

vs. Florida Atlantic, Thursday, Dec. 15.

KEYS: The Bulls are banged up right now and will be a lot better when Collin Dennis returns. The big men will be key against Michigan as will the continued development of walk-on turned starting point guard Chris Capko.

ROSTER REPORT:

--G James Holmes has stepped up his game in a major way as he begins his senior season. After averaging 5.5 points per game per game over his first two seasons with the Bulls, he leads the team with a 20.6 average this year.

--G/F McHugh Mathis began the season by making 9 of his first 20 shots. Four of those were dunks, and all nine came in the paint.

--C Solomon Jones leads the Big East with 3.4 blocks per game. He has three double-doubles through five games.

--G Chris Capko has taken full advantage of injuries to Chris Howard and Collin Dennis. The walk-on has moved into the starting lineup and is averaging an impressive 6.6 assists per game.


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