USF Bull's Basketball Team Report 2/13

It's now or never for South Florida's quest to earn a victory in its inaugural Big East season.


That's about the only goal the Bulls have left. At 0-10 in Big East play, their chances of making the conference tournament are all but over. Another three losses and they will be officially eliminated. Since the final two games are against No. 1 Connecticut and No. 16 Georgetown, it appears that it would take a miracle for the Bulls to get enough wins to make it to Madison Square Garden.

However, these next two weeks provide some opportunities for South Florida to knock off less-talented -- but very desperate -- league rivals.

The four-game stretch begins with a trip to Notre Dame, which entered the week at 2-8 in the Big East. It's followed by a home game with 4-7 Rutgers, a trip to 4-6 Providence, and a rematch at Rutgers.

All four of those teams have proven to be very beatable, but all four have something to play for and will be relentless in their efforts to keep their postseason dreams alive. South Florida's players talk about how much they want to experience a victory in Big East play, but the Bulls will have to avoid their season-long trend of wilting late in games for that to happen.


Notes and Quotes:
--The loss to Louisville was South Florida's 12th in a row. That ties the program record for consecutive losses.

--Collin Dennis knocked down both of his three-point attempts against Louisville. Before the game, USF players other than James Holmes and Melvin Buckley had made just two three-pointers for the entire season, in 33 attempts.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I am extremely proud of this team and couldn't be prouder of what this team has had to deal with and what it's overcome day after day. Yet they continue to come out and play and compete as if we're in the thick of the Big East race. If you didn't look at the team records, you certainly wouldn't think this is a team that hadn't won a game." -- South Florida coach Robert McCullum.

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.

GAME REVIEW:

Seton Hall 70, South Florida 65

Louisville 57, South Florida 54

GAME PREVIEW:

at Notre Dame, Wednesday, Feb. 15.

vs. Rutgers, Saturday, Feb. 18.

at Providence, Tuesday, Feb. 21.

at Rutgers, Sunday, Feb. 26.

KEYS: South Florida has to dig deep late in games and somehow muster enough energy to hold off the opposition. The entire season has been about missing opportunities late in games, and that has to stop for the team to avoid finishing its inaugural Big East season winless in the league.

ROSTER REPORT:

--C Solomon Jones recorded his 10th double-double of the season against Louisville, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds. He has the second-most double-doubles among Big East players.

--G James Holmes looks like he's wearing down. He's 21-for-72 over his past five games from the field (29.2 percent), and 8-for-39 from three-point range (20.5 percent).


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