USF Bull's Basketball Team Report 2/6

South Florida is finding out the problem with being the least talented team in the Big East is it makes it doubly hard to get a victory.

Against the top teams in the league, the Bulls have been able to hang tough and just missed some upsets in January. That's because those teams tend to take USF lightly, look ahead to better opponents on the schedule, and don't play with their usual intensity.

On the other hand, the bottom teams in the league can't afford to take a team like USF lightly. Not only are the Bulls one of the only opportunities in the league for a victory, they know that every win counts if they hope to make the 12-team Big East Tournament.

That trend came back to bite the Bulls last week. Fresh off a near-upset of Villanova, South Florida took on undermanned Cincinnati and reeling DePaul. But both opponents came out with a strong effort, and the Bulls are therefore still looking for their first Big East win.

South Florida enters the week on a 10-game losing streak, two off the school record set in 1980.

Notes and Quotes:
--South Florida finished the first half of the Big East schedule winless in eight games. The last team to go winless in the league was Miami, who went 0-18 in 1993-94.

--The Bulls at least handled the basketball better against the Blue Demons. Their eight turnovers marked a season low.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We didn't come out ready to play. Tonight was another night (our opponent) out-toughed us, me included." -- South Florida center Solomon Jones after the loss to DePaul, in the Tampa Tribune.

Roster Report
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- G Collin Dennis, G James Holmes, F Melvin Buckley, F McHugh Mattis, C Solomon Jones. Key Subs -- C Chris Capko, F Melvyn Richardson


Cincinnati 73, South Florida 60

DePaul 80, South Florida 66


vs. Seton Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 8.

at Louisville, Saturday, Feb. 11.

at Notre Dame, Wednesday, Feb. 15.

vs. Rutgers, Saturday, Feb. 18.

KEYS: Both Seton Hall and Louisville are beatable, but both are also desperate for victories. USF has to start taking charge early rather than trying to play catch-up every night, since it usually finds itself worn down in the final minutes.


--G Chris Capko is showing no ill-effects to coming off the bench. He's still a reasonable efficient ballhandler (five assists against DePaul), and still doesn't score (two points combined over the last two games).

--C Solomon Jones is the bright spot of the season statistically for USF. He's averaging a double-double -- barely -- with 13.3 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Team Stats

61.7 .429 .680
Player Stats
James Holmes 21 18.0 3.1 2.2 1.9
Solomon Jones 21 13.3 10.0 1.4 0.8
Melvin Buckley 21 12.8 5.9 1.0 0.5
McHugh Mattis 21 10.2 7.5 0.9 1.1
Chris Capko






Melvyn Richardson 21 2.0 2.4 0.4 0.3
Collin Dennis






Zaronn Cann 4 2.5 0.8 0.0 0.5
Roodley Prophete 10 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.1

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