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Central Florida at South Florida
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Where: USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida

UCF will look to end a three-game losing streak and head into the American Athletic Conference tournament on a high note when it plays at USF on Wednesday. After beating Tulane on the road Feb. 19, the Knights had a chance to get to or above .500, but lost to Memphis and Cincinnati before falling to East Carolina at home on Senior Day last Saturday. "Everybody was thanking me, but it's really about me thanking them," senior Kasey Wilson told reporters after posting seven points and five rebounds in his final home game.


The first season with the Bulls has been anything but easy for coach Orlando Antigua, who came to USF from Kentucky. At one point, the Bulls dropped 11 straight conference games -- including a 73-62 defeat at UCF -- but may have seen a glimpse of the future when freshman Troy Holston, Jr. set career-highs with 22 points, five 3-pointers and seven rebounds in a loss at Houston on Sunday. "We needed that kind of effort from him," Antigua told reporters. "We have to practice tomorrow and get ready for a game that's going to be very difficult at home."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT UCF (12-16, 5-12 AAC): A trio of youngsters in freshmen B.J. Taylor and Adonys Henriquez along with sophomore Brandon Goodwin continue to lead the way for the Knights. Taylor is the top scorer at 12.8 points per game and one of the team's top 3-point shooters at 35.7 percent, but Henriquez and Goodwin are the better shooters overall. Junior forward Staphon Blair leads the team in that department at 61.5 percent, good for 25th in the nation through Monday.

ABOUT USF (8-21, 2-14): After scoring in double figures only twice in his first 20 games with the Bulls, Holston has averaged 34 minutes and 15.2 points over the last six contests. The 6-4 guard from Tampa is averaging 6.8 points while shooting 32.4 percent, which includes 44.3 percent over the last six games. Corey Allen, Jr., the team's leading scorer (15.4), will not be available for another five games after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits from another institution.

TIP-INS

1. After going 63-34 in coach Donnie Jones' first three seasons while a member of Conference-USA, the Knights are 25-34 as a member of the AAC.

2. The Bulls will wrap up the regular season Saturday at home against Tulane before heading to the conference tournament, which begins March 12 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

3. Despite losses in three of the last four meetings, the Bulls still hold a 21-9 edge in the series and are 11-4 at home against the Knights.

PREDICTION: UCF 69, USF 63



Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Central Florida 12-16 L3 10-8 2-8 0-0 1-9 11-7 5-12
South Florida 8-21 L2 7-8 1-12 0-1 3-12 5-9 2-14
Last Meeting
Central Florida South Florida
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/11/15 USF 62 UCF 73 73 31 49.0 62 38 35.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Central Florida K. Wilson 18 70.0 2
South Florida C. Allen Jr. 15 28.6 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Central Florida K. Wilson 11 4 7
South Florida A. Collins 8 0 8
Assists Player  
Central Florida B. Goodwin 5
South Florida A. Collins 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Central Florida B. Taylor 307 37.5 72
South Florida C. Allen Jr. 432 44.4 80
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Central Florida S. Blair 147 56 91
South Florida C. Perry 135 37 98
Assists Player  
Central Florida B. Goodwin 117
South Florida A. Collins 148
Quickchart Matchup
Central Florida Off vs  South Florida Defense
65.9 Points For
69.5 Points Against
43.3 FG%
42.7 FG%
29.7 Reb
32.0 Reb
South Florida Off vs  Central Florida Defense
61.3 Points For
71.8 Points Against
43.2 FG%
45.7 FG%
32.0 Reb
33.6 Reb