Bradley (3-0) at South Florida (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sun Dome (10,411) -- Tampa, Florida. Television: None. Home Record: Bradley 2-0, South Florida 2-2. Away Record: Bradley 1-0, South Florida 0-0. Neutral Record: Bradley 0-0, South Florida 0-0. Conference Record: Bradley 0-0, South Florida 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Bradley Braves look to stay undefeated as they travel to the Sunshine State to face off against the South Florida Bulls on Tuesday.
Bradley has gotten off to a quick 3-0 start, coming off a 79-72 win over IUPUI. Last time out, the Braves dominated in the paint, outscoring the Jaguars 48-20. Bradley was led by Tyshon Pickett who recorded his first double-double of his career with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The win on the road broke an 11-game losing streak in away games.
After a season-opening loss to UCF the Bulls dominated in their first two games of the USF Invitational, but fell short in the last game against Western Michigan, falling to the Broncos, 58-53. Shaun Noriega led the team in scoring with 16 points off the bench, but South Florida struggled as a whole offensively, and was outrebounded 38-27. Playing in the last game of their five-game homestand to start the season, the Bulls look to gain a little momentum prior to hitting the road
This will be the first-ever meeting between these two programs.
After their first three games, the Braves are averaging 77.7 ppg and only allowing 62 ppg, for a solid +15.7 scoring differential. A lot of that has to do with strong shooting, as the team has delivered on 50.6 percent from the field thus far. Bradley has four players averaging in double-figure scoring after three games, led by Pickett (14.7 ppg). Walt Lemon Jr. (14 ppg) is a close second, followed by Jake Eastman (10.7 ppg) and Dyricus Simms-Edwards (10.3), respectively. The key to Bradley's early season success has been a balanced attack, with multiple scoring threats.
The Bulls have been back and forth early this season, opening with a loss to UCF (74-56) but then bouncing back with two straight wins over Maryland Eastern Shore (78-59) and Loyola-Chicago (68-50), before falling to the Broncos in their last game. Only three players have started all four games with USF still trying to figure things out. The team has only averaged 63.8 ppg, but it has been enough, as the defense has been superb, holding foes to just 60.2 ppg. Only two players are averaging in double-figure scoring at this time, led by Toarlyn Fitzpatrick's 10.5 ppg. Jawanza Poland has joined in with 10 ppg. USF will need to find offensive depth if it is to come close to matching last year's 22-win season.
Bradley is already settling into a rhythm early this season and with South Florida still trying to figure itself out, the Braves should move on with an unblemished record.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Bradley 75, South Florida 64
11/20 10:35:53 ET