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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

Probable Starters:


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 Series

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.

Latest Line:

USF -18

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.

USF -14