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Nonconference Analysis: South Florida Toughest:
📌 Oklahoma State (Nov. 25)
📌Las Vegas Classic (Dec. 22-23)
📌 @ George Mason (Dec. 4)
📌 Alabama (Dec. 7)
📌 Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 17)
📌 Tennessee Tech (Nov. 9)
📌 Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 12)
📌 @ Bowling Green (Nov. 15)
📌 Stetson (Nov. 22)
📌 Detroit (Nov. 30)
📌 Florida A&M (Dec. 19)
📌 @ Bradley (Dec. 28)
Toughness Scale (1-10): 6 with the potential for a 7
The potential boost comes in Las Vegas. If the Bulls can get past Mississippi State, they’d likely take on host UNLV. Regardless, any schedule that features Marcus Smart and Dunk City isn’t too shabby.”
by Dana O’Neil, ESPN.com
“South Florida struggled last season after having earned its first NCAA tournament bid in the past 20 years. Stan Heath, a former Tom Izzo assistant, has built the Bulls with an emphasis on defense and rebounding. This is a team that is led by pitbull point guard Anthony Collins and slashing, attacking combo forward Victor Rudd.
Heath is counting on freshman frontcourt prospects John Egbunu (6-10, 230 pounds) and Chris Perry (6-8, 245 pounds) to give the Bulls a group that will be physical defensively and hard to keep off the glass.
JUCO shooting guard Musa Abdul-Aleem, at 6-4, 220 pounds, is physical and will give USF someone to stretch the defense. Javontae Hawkins had a solid freshman season and will add depth to the backcourt.
USF has upgraded their facilities and Heath has brought a physical Big Ten style to Tampa. To make a run in their first American season, the Bulls must improve their shooting percentage offense and their young frontcourt players will need to develop quickly.”
Seth Greenberg, ESPN.com