TAMPA, Fla. — The South Florida Bulls were due for a win, as good things have been few and far between as of late for the team in terms of results.
Coming into Thursday night’s game with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, the Bulls had lost four straight games. Three of those losses were by double figures, and two were on their home floor. The Bulls were looking to put an end to their losing streak, and get back on the right track as the calendar year is slowly winding down.
Over the years, they’ve had the Wildcats’ number, holding a 14-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. Last year, the Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit against Bethune-Cookman, and ultimately picked up a six point win in overtime. They were looking for their fourth straight win over the Wildcats, while Bethune-Cookman was looking for their second straight win overall.
TAMPA, Fl. — For the second game in a row, the Morgan State Bears were without leading scorer Tiwian Kendley as they concluded their mini two-game road trip to open the 2017-18 season.
This time, the Bears came out on top.
Morgan State fell on the road to the Binghamton Bearcats on Friday night, 76-59. Phillip Carr and Stanley Davis led the way in the loss, both scoring in double-figures.
On Monday night, the Bears were in Tampa, Florida for a date with the South Florida Bulls. Once again, they were without Kendley in the lineup. However, they didn’t need him this time around, as a fresh face stepped up and led the Bears to their first win of the season.
TAMPA, Fla. — When one thinks of basketball power programs, one name that doesn’t jump out is the South Florida Bulls.
Over the past few years, the Bulls have finished in the bottom half of the American Athletic Conference standings, and have been riddled by transfers. During the 2016-17 season, leading scorer Jahmal McMurray transferred despite playing in just three games.
He was averaging over 20 points per contest over those three games.
Then, this off-season, Mike Bibby Jr. announced he was transferring from the program. Add that to the list of things going against the Bulls next season.
However, there have been plenty of things to be excited about as next season slowly approaches. The addition of three transfers, all of whom are immediately eligible in 2017-18 as graduate transfers, have the Bulls trending in the right direction.
The post-Larry Brown era continues to be promising in Dallas, Texas.
Per Jon Rothstein, former South Florida superstarJahmal McMurray has committed to SMU. The explosive 6’0″ scoring guard is currently in JUCO but will be eligible to suit up in December, once the fall semester concludes. He has two years of eligibility remaining following next season.
McMurray, an AAC All-Rookie selection last season, averaged 20.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in three games this season. Although the Kansas native missed the first six games for an undisclosed violation, he displayed great growth and efficiency by shooting 43.1% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc — both of which were significant improvements from his initial campaign. Continue reading Jahmal McMurray commits to SMU, eligible December 2017→
TAMPA, Fla. — In a non-conference season that featured losses to Elon, Florida Atlantic, and Northern Illinois, the South Florida Bulls had one final chance to head to American Athletic Conference play over .500.