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Basketball preview: USF Bulls vs. UConn Huskies

South Florida looks to rebound Saturday after losing three of its past four games.
USF guard Laquincy Rideau, left, attempts to regain control of the ball against FSU's Malik Osborne during their game on Dec. 21, 2019, in Sunrise.
USF guard Laquincy Rideau, left, attempts to regain control of the ball against FSU's Malik Osborne during their game on Dec. 21, 2019, in Sunrise. [ WILFREDO LEE | AP ]
Published Jan. 4, 2020

USF (7-7, 0-1 AAC) vs. UConn (9-4, 0-1)

Yuengling Center; 2 p.m. Saturday; TV: ESPNU

BOTTOM LINE: UConn meets USF as both teams look for their first AAC win of the season. UConn came up short in a 67-51 game at Cincinnati in its most recent outing. USF lost 82-64 at SMU on Wednesday.

LEADING THE WAY: The Bulls’ Laquincy Rideau has averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists, while David Collins has put up 13.5 points. For the Huskies, Christian Vital has averaged 13.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals while Josh Carlton has put up 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Rideau has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all USF’s field goals over the past five games. The senior guard has accounted for 29 field goals and 27 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 65: USF is 0-7 this season when it allows 65 points or more and 7-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 65.

STREAK STATS: USF has won its past five home games, scoring an average of 67.6 points while giving up 54.6.

TOUGH DEFENSE: The Bulls have forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.9 percent of all possessions, the highest rate among all AAC teams.