South Florida vs. Rutgers: Full Game Preview

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South Florida vs. Rutgers: Full Game Preview
South Florida
(9-6, 2-2 away)
Rutgers
(11-4, 8-2 home)
Venue: Louis Brown Athletic Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
South Florida V Rudd 11.5 V Rudd 7.9 A Collins 7.0
Rutgers E Carter 16.1 W Judge 6.4 D Miller 2.8

On Thursday, South Florida heads to Louis Brown Athletic Center to take on Rutgers. It starts at 9:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN/ESPN2. The Bulls are 2-2 against the Scarlet Knights over the last four years. The last time they met (1/1/2012) they won 67-65.

South Florida is in 15th place in the conference, Rutgers is in 5th place.

In their last match-up on January 12th, Victor Rudd put up 10 points and 8 rebounds for the Bulls in a loss to Louisville, 64-38. He leads the team in points with 11.5 per game and rebounds with 7.9 per game. For the Scarlet Knights, Kadeem Jack finished with 5 points and 7 rebounds in the 68-58 loss to Cincinnati on January 12th. He averages 5.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.3 blocks per game.

There is one important category where Rutgers has a statistical edge, scoring, where the Scarlet Knights have the upper hand over the Bulls, 70 points per game to 62 points per game.

Rutgers StatSmack

  • South Florida has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (43% vs 61%).
  • South Florida has a better scoring defense (60.6 allowed per game vs 67.0 allowed per game) than Rutgers this season.
  • Winning is in our blood. South Florida had a better record in close games than Rutgers last season (5-5 vs 3-7).
  • We just win. South Florida has more wins over the last 5 years than Rutgers (81 vs 75).
  • South Florida has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Rutgers ($26,507 vs $36,734).
  • Even computers respect South Florida more. We have a better RPI this season than Rutgers (RPI: #96 vs #110).
  • South Florida has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.479 to 0.460).
  • The South Florida rebounding leader (Victor Rudd) has more rebounds than the Rutgers rebounding leader (Wally Judge).
  • South Florida is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on South Florida is 216 lbs compared to 209 lbs for Rutgers.
  • South Florida players are more experienced than Rutgers players (12,127 minutes played vs 11,598 minutes played).
  • South Florida beat Rutgers by 2 points the last time they played (Jan 01, 2012).
USF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Anthony Collins 35 9 3 7 2 0 3
C+ Victor Rudd 33 11 8 1 1 0 1
C+ T. Fitzpatrick 35 11 5 1 1 1 1
C Jawanza Poland 24 10 5 1 1 0 2
C- Martino Brock 26 6 4 1 1 0 1
D+ M. Abdul-Aleem 12 4 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Kore White 20 6 4 1 1 1 1
D+ Shaun Noriega 22 9 0 1 0 0 1
D Zach LeDay 14 3 2 0 0 0 1
D J. Hawkins 9 3 1 1 0 0 1
D J. Omogbehin 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Mike McCloskey 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
RU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Eli Carter 29 16 2 2 1 0 3
B- Myles Mack 28 13 3 3 2 0 2
C+ Dane Miller 28 9 6 3 1 1 2
C Wally Judge 24 8 6 1 1 1 2
C Kadeem Jack 16 5 4 0 0 1 1
C- Mike Poole 17 4 2 1 1 1 1
C- Jerome Seagears 23 4 2 2 1 0 1
C- Austin Johnson 16 6 2 0 0 0 1
D Malick Kone 12 3 3 0 1 0 1
D Derrick Randall 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Logan Kelley 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
D Jalen Hyde 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
D Vincent Garrett 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
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