Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The 23rd-ranked Memphis Tigers attempt to
finish a four-game homestand with a victory, as they play host to the Bulls of
South Florida in an American Athletic Conference duel at FedEx Forum.
USF has endured five losses in six tries in league play, falling to 10-9
overall in the process. The Bulls, who are a solid 4-1 on the road, were
routed by 12th-ranked Louisville in their last bout, 85-47. Up next, they will
Memphis has won back-to-back games after opening the current homestand with an
83-73 loss to Connecticut. The Tigers are 14-4 overall, including a 4-2 mark
in their new conference. They will hit the road to take on UCF and SMU in
their next two games.
These two teams began their respective conference schedules against each other
on Dec. 31. The Tigers claimed an 88-73 victory in that contest, improving to
19-3 in the all-time series.
Chris Perry scored 10 points as the only player in double figures for USF
against Louisville. The Bulls were outscored by an incredible 35-6 margin
off of turnovers, as well as 17-3 in second-chance points.
The Bulls are too weak on offense to afford to be so careless with the
basketball. They are scoring only 67.3 ppg and shooting 43.8 percent from the
floor. On defense, they have put forth much better effort, limiting opponents
to 69.3 ppg and 42.5 percent shooting. Victor Rudd (14.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg) is the
team's top offensive weapon, although he is prone to erratic shooting
performances, knocking down 39.9 percent from the field for the season. Corey
Allen Jr. (10.7 ppg, 3.3 apg) is the de facto leader with the ball in his
hands, especially with Anthony Collins (6.9 ppg, 5.6 apg) listed as
questionable with a knee injury that has hampered him most of the season.
Shaq Goodwin tallied 20 points and Joe Jackson tacked on 18 to go with seven
assists, as Memphis crushed Houston on Thursday night, 82-59. The Tigers
knocked down 58.9 percent of their shots from the floor, assisting on 20 of 33
The Tigers are extremely efficient on offense, ranking second in the AAC and
among the top-25 nationally in scoring (80.8 ppg) and field goal percentage
(.484). They are also sixth in the country, and first in the AAC in assists
(17.5 apg). Making the team tick is Jackson (14.1 ppg, 4.1 apg), who is the
leading scorer and one of three players averaging at least three assists per
game. Goodwin (13.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg) gets his production in the paint, where he
is shooting a conference-best 62.9 percent from the field. Michael Dixon (11.4
ppg) provides a spark off the bench.
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