Men's Hoops Preview: FAU @ South Florida
FAU (2-2) @ South Florida (5-1)
When: Friday, Nov. 27th 7:00 PM EST
Where: Tampa, FL - Sun Dome
ESPN 760 Internet Broadcast: Here
Live Video: USF Pay Per View
Live Stats: Here
USF Team Site: Here
01 Ray Taylor G
02 Shavar Richardson G
23 Sanchez Hughley G
40 Brett Royster F
50 DeMonte Simpson F
03 Chris Howard G
33 Mike Mercer G
20 Dominique Jones G
24 Augustus Gilchrist F
31 Jarrid Famous F
The two teams have met 10 times - with all but two having been played in Tampa. However, the Owls have yet earn a win. The closest they came was a 56-55 road loss back on December 16, 1995.
USF at a Glance
The Bulls (5-1) defeated Kent State 76-54 on Wednesday night in a match-up where the USF never trailed.
Augustus Gilchrist's paced the Bulls with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jarrid Famous added 16 points and eight grabs.
USF doesn't normally go deep into its bench, but saw 11 players finish with 10 or more minutes on the night.
The Bulls currently rank second in the Big East in three point percentage defense at 22%.
FAU at a Glance
The Owls lost to Manhattan 73-66 on Monday night in what was a homecoming for both Head Coach Mike Jarvis, and sophomore guard Shavar Richardson.
FAU had its worst half of offense on the year going just 8 of 31 during the first period, but kept pace in the second half.
"We played hard, but we have to play smarter. We have to play above our age", said Coach Mike Jarvis.
Point guard Ray Taylor is leading Sun Belt freshman in scoring at 18.3PPG, and ranks second in assists overall (6.3PG)
Forward Jordan McCoy currently ranks second among Sun Belt freshman in rebounding at 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Owl's Nest Prediction
This will be the Owls toughest offensive opponent thus far . USF's size and athleticism in the front court will be a challenge. The Bulls don't shoot that well from long range, but they don't need to with Gilchrist and Famous anchoring the post production either. However, they defend long ball extremely well. Both of these factors spell trouble for the Owls.