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, Fla. — Thursday night marks the beginning of a four-game road swing for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, one that will eventually take them to the other side of the country for a pair of games in the state of Washington.
Up first, the Wildcats have a rematch from last season with the South Florida Bulls. Bethune-Cookman squandered a 19-point lead last season, and ultimately fell in overtime to the Bulls, 79-73. Thursday night marks the 16th meeting between the Wildcats and South Florida, with the Bulls holding a 14-1 advantage in the all-time series.
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.
However, there are some impact transfers on the market from programs who don’t garner nearly the attention levels of power conference players.
There are a plethora of talented graduate transfers this season from non-power programs, all of whom will have a strong impact with their future programs in 2017-18. With each passing day, it seems as though another marquee players hits the open market, ready to leave their mark next season in their final collegiate year.