University of South Florida (7-10, 0-4 AAC) at East Carolina (10-8, 1-4 AAC)
Sunday, January 15 | 1 p.m.
VENUE: Yuengling Center | Tampa, Fla.
SERIES: South Florida leads, 12-11
RADIO: 102.5 HD-2 The Strike | Bulls Unlimited
LIVE STATS: Here
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TAMPA (January 13, 2023) – The University of South Florida Bulls wrap up a two-game conference road trip on Sunday at ECU at 1 p.m. South Florida looks to pick up its first AAC win of the season while snapping a two-game skid to the Pirates.
The Bulls took No. 1 Houston to the limit on Wednesday in a heartbreaking and hard-fought 83-77 loss. Tyler Harris netted a career-high 31 points in the setback against the No. 1-ranked defense in the country. Houston entered the tilt with the top-ranked scoring defense (51.5 ppg), opponent field goal percentage (33.2%) and three-point field goal defense (23.9%) – and allowed season highs in each as the Bulls shot 48.9% from the field and 47.6% from downtown.
USF has held leads in the second half of each of its four conference losses, and been defeated by a combined 21 points in those contests. The Bulls’ 10 combined losses have come by 56 points this season, including five by four or less.
Harris drained five or more three-pointers in a game for the fifth time at Houston and continues to lead USF in scoring average (16.2 ppg). Russel Tchewa ranks second on the team with 11.3 ppg and has a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game. He ranks fourth in the league in shooting percentage (62%) and third in rebounding. Tchewa has logged double-doubles in three of his last five games. One of his six career double-doubles came at ECU last season.
The Pirates have lost three straight league games after winning their first at Wichita State, 79-69. Since then, ECU is averaging 58.3 ppg over its last three losses.
ECU is 6-3 at home this season and swept the season series from USF in 2021-22.
The Pirates leading scorers include: Javon Small (15.8 ppg), Brandon Johnson (12.5) and RJ Felton (11.4).
Following Sunday’s contest, the Bulls return to Tampa for a two-game homestand against Cincinnati (Jan. 18) and UCF (Jan. 21).
About USF Men’s Basketball
The USF men’s basketball team is led by head coach Brian Gregory, who enters his sixth season in 2022-23. Gregory was introduced as the 10th head coach in program history in March of 2017 after previously leading programs at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and Dayton (2003-11). Gregory spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach under Michigan State’s Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo and helped the Spartans win the 2000 NCAA National Championship. Gregory owns over 300 career head coaching wins and six postseason appearances, including the 2010 NIT Championship with Dayton. In his second season at the helm of the Bulls, Gregory led the team to the best win turnaround in the NCAA, the most single-season wins in school history and the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship.
USF has retired three numbers in its history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30) and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids, appeared in the NIT eight times and won the 2019 College Basketball Invitational.
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