Coming off his 903rd career victory, Syracuse Orange men's head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will lead the team down the east coast to St. Petersburg, Florida, to face the South Florida Bulls on the hard-court.
Bulls' head coach Stan Heath has led his squad to a 9-3 start, as they prepare to open their Big East season in this match with the Orange, who enter at 13-1 overall after winning their conference opener versus the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Under Heath, South Florida has attained at least 20 wins in two of the last three seasons.
Here is a look at what the Bulls have to offer in their contest with the Orange:
South Florida has four players averaging double-figures in points per game, forwards Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and Victor Rudd and guards Jawanza Poland and Anthony Collins.
Fitzpatrick and Poland are seniors, while Rudd is a junior and Collins a sophomore.
Of all four players, only two have started all 12 games for the Bulls this season, Fitzpatrick and Rudd. Both have taken more than 100 attempts from the field, the most by any South Florida player, and have made 49 of them apiece.
2. From distance:
Eight different Bulls' players have connected from three-point range, with half of them making at least 12 of their attempts.
Of those that have taken at least 10 attempts, three players have been successful at least 45% of the time (guards Martino Brock and Musa Abdul-Aleem and forward Kore White).
Fitzpatrick, who has taken the most attempts from long range (61), is residing just under 40% with 24 makes.
3. Assisting teammates:
Collins has recorded double-digits in assists in four games this season.
In all but one of South Florida's 12 match-ups, Collins has ended with at least six helpers.
Collins currently has just under 90 assists through 12 games (86).
His ability to create plays for others, added to his own scoring and knack for the ball on defense make Collins a triple-threat to the Orange. Collins is currently making just under 50% of the 97 attempts he has taken from the field. He leads the team in steals, with 22.
4. On the boards:
Three different players average at least five rebounds per contest for the Bulls, with Fitzpatrick, Rudd, and Poland topping the team when it comes to the glass.
Rudd is the best on the defensive end, grabbing just under 80 rebounds in 12 games.
Fitzpatrick and Poland are the top performers on the offensive glass, each attaining more than 20 offensive rebounds through the Bulls' 12 games.
As a team, South Florida goes where the boards go. In all but one of their nine wins, the Bulls have gained more rebounds than their opponent. Their lone win where they grabbed less rebounds than their foe came in their second match with the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights, achieving 28 to the Knights' 29.
In all three of the games that they lost, the Bulls were out-rebounded by at least 10 boards.
5. Guard heavy:
Seven of South Florida's 12 players reside in the backcourt.
Syracuse's depth at this position is no where close, with three guards that have been activated for each contest.
Weighing heavily in the backcourt has resulted in more assists and more steals per game than their opponents, but has also meant less blocks per game, losing to their opponents in rejections as they head into their match with the Orange.