GAME FACTS – South Florida at Louisville
Date: Monday, Feb. 15
Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center (22,000), Louisville, Ky.
TV: ESPN2 will broadcast the game, with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Rebecca Lobo (analyst) calling the game.
Radio: WKRD 790 AM (also on TuneIn) will broadcast the game, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Series History: Louisville leads 27-4 (13-2 in Louisville, 13-2 in Tampa, 1-0 neutral). Louisville defeated USF 60-52 on March 23, 2015, in Tampa, Fla.
Next UofL Game: Thursday, Feb. 18 vs. Virginia, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (ESPN3)
No. 12 Louisville and No. 22 South Florida played countless times over the years – 31 to be exact since 1992 – as league foes and now are squaring off again in a late nonconference contest.
The two programs, which competed against each other in the Metro Conference, Conference USA, the BIG EAST, and The American, are set to face each other as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday broadcast in the KFC Yum! Center at 9 p.m. Louisville (19-6, 11-1 ACC) boasts a 27-4 advantage in the series, winning the last four tilts, and is encouraging fans to wear red for the ‘Red Out.’
The Feb. 15 meeting will air on ESPN2, with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Rebecca Lobo (analyst) on the call. The radio broadcast will be available on WKRD 790 AM (also on the TuneIn app) in Louisville, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
While the matchup has no implication on league standings for the schools that both sit in second place in their respective conferences, a win certainly would bolster a school’s postseason resume. Louisville is currently No. 19 in the latest RPI, while USF (18-6, 11-3 AAC) sits at No. 41.
Louisville has won 16 of its last 17 games, recently posting an 84-61 victory at Pittsburgh on Feb. 11. The Cardinals connected on 58.2 percent of their shots and held a 34-18 advantage on the glass, scoring 18 second-chance points.
Myisha Hines-Allen produced a career-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting, while collecting eight rebounds. Mariya Moore added 21 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, and Cortnee Walton registered her first career double-double, with a career-best 18 points and 10 rebounds.
On the year, Hines-Allen is averaging team highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (7.8) – both marks that are fifth best in the ACC. Moore is second in scoring at 14.9 points, with a team-leading 116 assists. Briahanna Jackson (11.7) and Asia Durr (10.9) are third and fourth, respectively, in scoring. Walton is contributing 6.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Nationally, Louisville is 19th in assists per game (16.8) and turnover margin (+4.96), 20th in offensive rebounds per game (16.0), 22nd in turnovers forced (20.20), and 25th in steals per game (10.4).
USF has won six of its last seven games after defeating Cincinnati 78-51 on the road on Friday.
The Bulls shot 50.0 percent from the field and connected on 15-of-17 free throws. USF, which led for the entire game, held a 37-23 advantage on the glass and limited the Bearcats to 37.0 percent from the floor.
Courtney Williams, one of three USF players in double figures, tallied 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Kitija Laksa added 14 points, Alisia Jenkins pulled down 11 rebounds, and Laia Flores totaled eight points and seven assists. Maria Jespersen contributed 10 points off the bench.
On the season, Williams is pacing the Bulls in scoring at 21.7 points per game, which ranks 12th nationally, and in steals (32). Laksa is averaging 13.7 points and has a team-high 67 3-pointers. Laura Ferreira is contributing 10.1 points, and Jenkins is totaling 9.9 points and a team-high 11.7 rebounds, 11th best in the country.
Nationally, USF ranks third in free throw percentage (79.2), fourth in defensive rebounds per game (31.0), 13th in rebounds per game (44.2), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (37.2), and 23rd in scoring offense (75.6).
SERIES HISTORY – South Florida vs. Louisville
Louisville and USF, which faced each other as members of the Metro Conference, Conference USA, BIG EAST, and The American, have met 31 times. Louisville boasts a 27-4 advantage and has won the last four-consecutive meetings.
Last year, Louisville earned a hard-fought, 60-52 decision in Tampa in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. USF led 47-46 with 5:06 remaining before the Cardinals closed the game on a 14-5 run. Louisville held a 45-32 advantage on the glass and scored 19 points on 16 USF turnovers.
Jude Schimmel registered a team-high 13 points, Myisha Hines-Allen had 12, and Mariya Moore added 11.
In the last meeting in Louisville, the Cardinals beat the Bulls 79-59 on Feb. 2, 2014. Louisville scored 27 points off of USF’s 20 turnovers, and Tia Gibbs poured in a game-high 19 points.