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TAMPA - The USF Bulls (9-7, 0-4) take on the Georgetown Hoyas in a Big East clash at the SunDome Saturday at 6 PM.
USF is currently on a four-game losing streak. During that streak, the Bulls have been outrebounded offensively 67-25. Total rebounds weren't much closer - with Syracuse, Villanova, Louisville and Rutgers combining for a 181-119 advantage on the boards.
USF wins if...
The Bulls win if Jawanza Poland, Victor Rudd and Anthony Collins can get hot at the same time. All three are needed to control the tempo of the game. Collins at the point has been stymied by a 2-3 zone that each of the last four teams has employed. Poland was on fire Thursday - hitting for 17 points.
Halftime update - hot is not a word I'd use to describe this performance. 9 of 29 and an anemic 1-14 from beyond the arc.
USF needs a presence inside. The Bulls have been hampered with injuries and inconsistent play from the low post and that cannot happen against the taller Hoyas.
With the return of Kore White - who played sparingly, but effectively, USF leads on the glass by a 19-12 advantage, including a 7-2 advantage on the offensive side. But the Bulls still have to score.
The Bulls have got to be hot from beyond the three point line. The only way to get a zone open is to force the other team out of it. Against Syracuse, the Bulls started 3-3 from behind the arc but finished 6-22.
see above comment... 1-14 is not what I'd call 'hot' from the arc. The 2-3 zone is proving to be effective. Collins, Poland and Martino Brock are not hitting from the outside. Poland has been good from inside, but Brock, Collins, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and Rudd have all of three points.
Georgetown comes into the game without second leading scorere Greg Whittington - ruled ineligible earlier due to poor grades.
Whittington averaged 12.1 points and 7 rebounds a game and played an average of 35 minutes. It will be a big loss for the 12-3 (1-2) Hoyas.
Future Bulls in the house
If you think you've seen that guy before - you likely have. Most of the on-campus official visitors are expected to attend tonight's game. Great atmosphere in the newly revamped SunDome.
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