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Basketball preview: USF Bulls vs. East Carolina Pirates

South Florida looks to halt its four-game losing streak on Wednesday night at home.
USF coach Brian Gregory reacts to a call during the first half against Connecticut on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Storrs, Conn. [STEPHEN DUNN | AP]

USF (11-16, 4-10 AAC) vs. East Carolina (11-17, 5-10)

Yuengling Center; 7 p.m. Wednesday

BOTTOM LINE: East Carolina looks to extend USF’s conference losing streak to five games. USF’s last AAC win came on the road at Memphis, 75-73 on Feb. 8. East Carolina won 67-63 at home against Temple in its most recent outing.

FEARLESS FRESHMEN: East Carolina’s Jayden Gardner, Tristen Newton and Brandon Suggs have collectively accounted for 57 percent of the team’s scoring, including 74 percent of all Pirates points over the past five games.

KEY FACILITATOR: Gardner has either made or assisted on 51 percent of all the Pirates’ field goals over the past three games. Gardner has accounted for 27 field goals and 10 assists in those games.

YET TO WIN: The Bulls are 0-5 when they allow at least 74 points and 11-11 when they hold opponents to anything below 74. The Pirates are 0-9 when allowing 75 or more and 11-8 on the season, otherwise.

BEHIND THE ARC: East Carolina’s Suggs has attempted 48 3-pointers and has connected on 29.2 percent.

DID YOU KNOW? USF has allowed only 62.2 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Bulls 17th among Division I teams. The East Carolina offense has averaged 68.5 points through 28 games, ranked 228th, nationally.

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