South Florida Vs. Louisville: Bulls Finally Get Their Marquee Win, 58-51 Over Louisville

Needing a marquee win to boost their NCAA Tournament hopes, USF finally got it with a road victory over the 19th-ranked Cardinals.

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South Florida Vs. Louisville: Bulls Get Signature Win Over Cardinals, 58-51

Jawanza Poland scored 16 points as the South Florida Bulls knocked off the #19 Louisville Cardinals 58-51 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Wednesday night. The win keeps USF alive for a double-bye in the Big East tournament, but more importantly, they finally got the marquee win they desperately needed in their bid to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992.

The Bulls scored the first basket of the second half to extend their lead to 24-17. But Louisville answered with a 17-6 run over the next five-plus minutes, finishing it with a Chris Smith three-pointer that gave the Cardinals a 34-30 advantage. After a few minutes of fencing and parrying, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick tipped in a Victor Rudd miss to tie the score at 41 with 8:22 to play.

From there USF’s tenacious defense went to work. Louisville only scored four points from the 8:22 mark until there were just 40 seconds left. By then, the Bulls had taken a 50-45 lead, and they made eight of ten at the free-throw line down the stretch to finish off a critical win.

The Bulls finish the regular season on Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tipoff is at noon.

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USF Vs. Louisville: Bulls Take 22-17 Lead Into Half

The USF Bulls used a balanced scoring attack to take a 22-17 lead over the 19th ranked Louisville Cardinals tonight at the KFC Yum! Center. Seven Bulls have scored already for Stan Heath's squad, with Ron Anderson Jr., Anthony Collins, and Jawanza Poland leading the way with 4 points. Hugh Robertson and Blake Nash have each chipped in 3 points while Anderson Jr. and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick lead the Bulls with 4 rebounds a piece. Kyle Kuric leads all scorers with 7 points while Peyton Siva has 4 points for the Cardinals.

The Bulls have controlled the tempo from the tip, keeping things from the transition game that Louisville wants to run. The Bulls are also leading on the glass, taking an 18-14 rebounding advantage at the half.

USF will need to do a better job controlling the ball, already turning the ball over 9 times. Louisville however have been just as careless, turning it over 8 times themselves in the first 20 minutes.

Not a lot of foul trouble on either side, with Gorgui Dieng as the only player with 2 fouls.

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South Florida Vs. Louisville: Bulls Look For Bubble Help On The Road

The Bulls are in need of a signature win to get help on their NCAA Tournament resume. Can they get a big win in Louisville Wednesday night?

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