The South Florida Bulls are 10-2 and can make a statement win as they open American Athletic Conference play at home against UConn Wednesday. UConn has the higher expectations going into conference play and sports a 9-4 record.
South Florida has not had the toughest schedule, but they have a lot of young players who are loose and have had a bunch of close games. Two losses have come by a combined six points, and the Bulls are 3-2 in games decided by six points or less.
Uconn beat then No. 15 Syracuse and lost to No. 11 Florida State by eight. Other losses were to solid teams Arizona and Iowa in close games. The Huskies are coming off a lopsided loss to Villanova.
South Florida is led by David Collins at 13.9 points per game. LaQuincy RIdeau is averaging 12.9. Alexis Yetna is averaging 11.8 points and 10.9 rebounds. Yetna is shooting 56 percent, but the team is shooting 44 percent on two-point shots. The Bulls do not do a lot of three-point shooting and are hitting 34 percent from there. South Florida is a more defensive minded team, holding opponents to 64.3 points while scoring 74.9 per game.
UConn is led by Jalen Adams at 16.6 points per game and he is shooting 52 percent. Alterique Gilbert and Christian Vital are both averaging 12.5 points, and Tarin Smith is averaging 10.4. Vital has 27 three-pointers and Gilbert has 25. The Huskies are averaging 81.3 points and giving up 71.4 per game.