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Basketball preview: USF Bulls vs. Florida Atlantic Owls

South Florida hopes to keep things rolling Sunday on its homecourt, where it has won four in a row.
USF guard Laquincy Rideau shoots over Boston College forward CJ Felder during the second half at the Yuengling Center on Nov. 10, 2019.
USF guard Laquincy Rideau shoots over Boston College forward CJ Felder during the second half at the Yuengling Center on Nov. 10, 2019. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published Dec. 29, 2019

USF (6-6) vs. Florida Atlantic (8-4)

Yuengling Center, Tampa; 5 p.m. Sunday

BOTTOM LINE: Two senior guards will be on display as Cornelius Taylor and Florida Atlantic will face Laquincy Rideau and USF. Taylor is averaging 10.2 points over the past five games. Rideau has scored 21 percent of his team’s points this season and is averaging 13.6 over his past five games.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: The Owls are led by Taylor and Michael Forrest. Taylor is averaging 11.7 points, and Forrest is putting up 10.5 points. The Bulls have been led by Rideau and David Collins, who are scoring 13.4 and 15.2 per game, respectively.

SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Rideau has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all USF field goals over the past three games. He has accounted for 21 field goals and 16 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 65: USF is 0-6 this season when it allows 65 points or more and 6-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 65.

STREAK STATS: USF has won its past four home games, scoring an average of 69.5 points while giving up 53.8.

DID YOU KNOW? USF’s defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 26.4 percent of all possessions, the 12th-highest rate in the country. FAU has turned the ball over on 20.7 percent of its possessions, which ranks 260th among Division I teams.