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Basketball preview: USF Bulls at Temple Owls

South Florida looks to halt its 11-game slide in the series against Temple on Sunday.
USF coach Brian Gregory, in his third season with the Bulls, is six wins away from 300 career victories.
USF coach Brian Gregory, in his third season with the Bulls, is six wins away from 300 career victories. [ STEPHEN DUNN | AP ]
Published Mar. 1, 2020

South Florida (12-16, 5-10 AAC) at Temple (14-14, 6-9)

Liacouras Center, Philadelphia; noon Sunday; TV: CBS Sports Network

BOTTOM LINE: Temple looks for its 12th straight win in the head-to-head series with USF. In its past 11 wins against the Bulls, the Owls won by an average of 11 points. USF’s last win in the series came on Jan. 9, 2014, an 82-75 victory. The Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak on Wednesday, taking down East Carolina 73-68 in overtime at the Yuengling Center.

SAVVY SENIORS: Temple’s Quinton Rose, Alani Moore and Monty Scott have combined to score 46 percent of the team’s points this season, including 59 percent of all Owls scoring over the past five games.

FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Laquincy Rideau has been directly responsible for 41 percent of all USF field goals over the past five games. The senior guard has 24 field goals and 19 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 74: USF is 0-5 when it allows at least 74 points and 12-11 when it holds opponents to less than 74.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Bulls have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Owls. Temple has an assist on 35 of 76 field goals (46.1 percent) over its previous three matchups. USF has assists on 33 of 70 field goals (47.1 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW? Temple is ranked second in the AAC with an average of 72.2 possessions per game. The uptempo Owls have raised that total to 75.7 possessions per game over their past five games.