South Florida Basketball Predictions

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South Florida Basketball Predictions

The Bulls were one of the worst teams in the Big East last season.  Their 12-19 record was better than just one team in the conference, which landed South Florida in the 14th position.  Conference play was the biggest struggle for the Bulls.  They won just three games, and lost 15 against Big East opponents.  They were a great team to fade last year, posting an 11-20 ATS record.  Their complete lack of scoring also made the under a profitable play to back in South Florida games.

South Florida averaged 58.8 points per game last year.  That ranked last in the conference and 330th in the nation.  The defense was surprisingly good, holding opponents to just 62.2 points per game which was good enough for a sixth place ranking in the Big East.  They were crushed in rebounding margin, and finished 260th in the nation in three-point shooting percentage.  Aside from outstanding play from the defense, there were other positives to be taken from last year’s poor performance.  The Bills were 1st in the country and 15th in the nation in turnovers with just 10.9 per game.

Last Season
Big East
Overall Record
Conf. Record
ATS Record
Over/Under
RPI Rank
14th
12-19
3-15
11-20
7-16
151st
2013-2014 Roster
#
Player
Position
Height
Weight
Class
Hometown
1 Musa Abdul-Aleem G 6-5 221 JR Atlanta, GA
2 Victor Rudd F 6-9 229 SR Los Angeles, CA
3 Zach LeDay F 6-7 223 SO The Colony, TX
4 Corey Allen Jr. G 6-1 147 JR
5 John Egbunu C 6-10 249 FR
10 Josh Heath G 6-2 166 FR Tampa, FL
11 Anthony Collins G 6-1 175 JR Houston, TX
15 Shemiye McLendon G 6-3 0 JR Vero Beach, FL
21 Javontae Hawkins G 6-5 202 SO Flint, MI
23 Chris Perry F-C 6-8 241 FR Bartow, FL
24 Dre’ Clayton F 6-6 275 FR Orlando, FL
30 Bo Zeigler G-F 6-6 180 FR Detroit, MI
35 Jordan Omogbehin C 7-3 330 SO Lagos, Nigeria
Martino Brock G 6-5 205 SR Memphis, TN

Leadership won’t be an issue for the Bulls this season.  Victor Rudd is a senior forward that will challenge Corey Allen Jr. to lead the team in scoring.  Last season he averaged 12.3 points per game, and 6.9 rebounds.

Corey Allen Jr. is a junior guard for the Bulls, playing in his first season.  He is an unknown factor that could be a matchup nightmare for many of South Florida’s opponents.  The scouting report on Allen Jr. is vague at best, but we know this kid can score and he should also be one of the best defenders on the team.

Chris Perry is a freshman forward that will immediately jump into a primary role for the team.  He is 6′ 8″ tall and is great working from the post.  Perry will need to mature quickly because his lack of experience is the only thing holding him back.

Martino Brock is another senior that should be in the starting lineup.  Brock is a guard that is a great defender, but not a big threat from a scoring standpoint.  He struggled with his shot last season, averaging just 5.5 points per game.

John Egbunu is the biggest addition to the Bulls this season.  The freshman center has loads of upside potential, and he should lead the team in rebounds this season.  He has great moves in the paint, but lacks a physical presence.  He will have to take advantage of his speed and agility, because it is unlikely he will be able to physically dominate any of his opponents.

Odds
AAC Championship Odds
National Championship Odds
75 to 1
N/A
Odds Courtesty of BetOnline
Season Predictions

It looks like its going to be an all-around bad year for South Florida men’s athletics.  After an abysmal football season, the basketball program is in for an equally poor performance.  While the roster shows some promise with freshman John Egbunu, this team is every bit as bad as last year’s 19 loss squad.  They will have to deal with the loss of Jawanza Poland at guard, and Poland contributed almost 15 percent of the team’s total points.  I don’t think the Bulls have anyone that can step up and help this team improve on their average of 58.8 points per game last season.

There are a few reasons to be optimistic coming into the season.  Point guard Anthony Collins and forward Victor Rudd make a dangerous scoring combination.  Outside of those two someone will need to step up and become a scoring threat of the Bulls want to avoid a last place finish in the conference.  South Florida was in the Big East last year, and many Big East teams made the move with them to the newly formed AAC.  That will give them some familiarity with their opponents, and could prove beneficial when conference play begins.  They also benefit from a very soft non-conference schedule.

2013-2014 Projections
AAC
AAC Record
Overall Record
10th
4-14
12-18
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