• USF brings an 8-13 overall record and 1-7 mark in The American into Sunday’s game.
• Bulls stand in 12th in the American Athletic Conference.
• In its most recent action, USF claimed an 80-75 win at Tulane in New Orleans on Thursday night.
• Win snapped a seven-game losing streak for USF and was the Bulls’ victory since a 78-76 win over Charlotte in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 21, 2017.
• Against Tulane, graduate guard Stephen Jiggetts posted 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 9-of-13 from the free throw line and added team-high five assists… Graduate Guard Terrence Samuel posted 16 points with a game-high 12 rebounds and three steals, while graduate guard Payton Banks recorded 14 points with 10 rebounds.
• This season, Banks leads USF with 12.3 points per game, while Jiggetts is a close second at 12.2 points per contest… Samuel leads the Bulls with 3.1 assists per game, and junior forward Malik Martin is tops with 5.0 rebounds per contest.
• Brian Gregory is in his first season at USF and his 14th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach… Has compiled an 8-13 record at USF and is 256-193 during his career.
• Previously built a 76-86 record at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and a 172-94 mark at Dayton (2003-11).
• Gregory is 1-1 against Houston during his career, including an 0-1 mark during his USF tenure… Is 1-1 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers, including an 0-1 mark during Gregory’s USF and Sampson’s Houston tenures.
• 1990 graduate of Oakland.
Well, one of the best three point shooters, actually maybe their player, did not play against us the first time we played them. The Banks kid," said Houston Cougars Head Coach Kelvin Sampson.
This season, Banks leads USF with 12.3 points per game, while Jiggetts averages 12.2 points per game. Samuel leads the Bulls with 3.1 assists per game, and junior forward Malik Martin leads the Bulls with 5.0 rebounds per contest.
“They’re big inside. (Isaiah) Manderson is 6’11”. They have a 7’2" kid (Nikola Scekic). Another 6’11" kid (Malik Martin)," Sampson added. "All fifth-year transfers: one kid from Texas Tech; one kid from Penn State; I’m not sure where the other kid’s from. But, they’re all 22, 23-years old.
"But, you know, for us, it’s doing what we do. We’ve got to guard them. We’ve got to defend them the way we defend. Playing hard is not enough. You gotta play smart.
This is a big week starting with USF today. At Cincinnati and at UCF. If we can play well on the road, we can make NCAA Tournament. Currently showing up in most brackets. SMU loss at UCONN has hurt the Ponies.
Small crowd today
USF leads 5-4 with 15:48 left
Devin Davis has 2 fouls already.
Big dunk by Fabian White and Corey Davis takes over. Dude just doesn’t quit
Coogs lead 15-10 with 11:37 to go
Fabian just a freshman…ohhhhhh my gosh…that kid’s gonna be awesome after getting so much experience this year, The future is so bright for UH.
17-12 Coogs with 7:52 left
Defense is solid. Need more energy on offense.
Really like the energy on defense. Gotta get the offense going. Looks like CKS is trying to find that right combination to get a big offensive burst and a comfortable lead.
Brady is too inconsistent on offense.
Davis has three fouls now