Tulane at South Florida
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 24, 2018
Where: USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Something's got to give when the teams with the two longest losing streaks in the American Athletic Conference collide on Saturday. Tulane takes a six-game slide into South Florida, where the last-place Bulls are losers of seven in a row and own just one conference win - an 80-75 triumph at the Green Wave on Jan. 25.
USF ranks last in the AAC in scoring offense at an average of 62.2 points, making it a perfect match for Tulane's AAC-worst scoring defense, which yields an average of 74.4 points. The win at the Green Wave marked the lone time in conference play and just the second time this season that the Bulls managed to reach 80 points. USF is posting an average of 58 points during its seven-game slide and is coming off a 73-61 loss at Tulsa in which it shot 37.7 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. Tulane is surrendering an average of 81.7 points during its six-game skid and fell just short in its attempt to match No. 12 Wichita State basket-for-basket on Wednesday while suffering a 93-86 loss.TV:
Noon ET, ESPNUABOUT TULANE (13-14, 4-11 AAC):
The Green Wave boast two of the top six scorers in the AAC in guards Melvin Frazier (16.2 points) and Cameron Reynolds (15.7), but the two were held to a combined 21 points on 8-of-23 shooting in the earlier loss to USF. Frazier was at his best at Wichita State on Wednesday, collecting 22 points and 11 rebounds in his fourth double-double of the campaign. Frazier and Reynolds are getting some scoring support off the bench from sophomore forward Samir Sehic, who scored a season-high 23 points against the Bulls and is 12-of-16 from the floor over the last three games.ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA (8-20, 1-14):
The Bulls do not have a scorer ranked in the top 15 of the AAC and are paced by senior guard Stephan Jiggetts (12.3 points), who joins Payton Banks (11.6) as the only two on the team averaging double figures. Those two are getting support from freshman guard David Collins, who scored 17 points at Tulsa on Sunday for his sixth straight in double figures. "That was again another quality game out of him," coach Brian Gregory told reporters of Collins. "I thought defensively, he did some really good things as well. We challenge him, it's tough for a freshman. ... He is a guy who is obviously playing well for us and he's a dependable kid."TIP-INS
1. Banks needs 26 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
2. Tulane G Jordan Cornish is 7-of-11 from 3-point range over the last two games.
3. The Green Wave earned an 82-67 win at the Bulls last season behind 14 points from Reynolds.PREDICTION:
Tulane 81, South Florida 68
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