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SMU (16-4) at South Florida (10-10)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 28, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: USF Sun Dome (10,411) -- Tampa, Florida. Television: ESPNews. Home Record: SMU 10-0, South Florida 6-6. Away Record: SMU 4-3, South Florida 4-2. Neutral Record: SMU 2-1, South Florida 0-2. Conference Record: SMU 5-2, South Florida 1-6. Series Record: Series tied, 2-2.

GAME NOTES: The Southern Methodist Mustangs will try to keep a five-game win streak alive as they travel to face the struggling South Florida Bulls in American Athletic Conference action at the USF Sun Dome.

Since conference play started, the Mustangs have lost just twice to Cincinnati and last year's defending champion Louisville. SMU has accumulated a 5-2 record in AAC play this season, and has already beaten USF once. The Mustangs are coming off a 75-68 win over Houston Sunday.

South Florida has lost four consecutive games, and six of its last seven altogether. The Bulls' 1-6 record in their last seven games has all come in AAC play - the only win coming over winless conference member Temple. USF lost its most recent decision to Memphis, 80-58.

The all-time series record between the two programs is tied, 2-2. SMU won the decision earlier this season at home, 71-54.

SMU was sluggish in the first half against Houston, shooting just 26.9 percent on the offensive end, and found itself down to the Cougars at halftime, 31-25. But a furious second-half comeback gave the Mustangs the decisive victory. SMU shot 61.5 percent in the second half, helped by Nic Moore's 28 total points, which paced the team. Markus Kennedy had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Russell chipped in 10 points. The Mustangs shot just 2- of-10 from 3-point range.

Moore and Kennedy are the top two scorers for SMU this season as the only two players to average double digits. Moore leads the team with 13.4 ppg on 48.9 percent shooting from the floor. Kennedy adds 11.8 ppg on an impressive 52.9 percent shooting. Moore leads the team in assists with 91 total on the year, while Kennedy holds the top distinction in rebounding, averaging 7 rpg with a team-best 28 blocked shots.

Memphis earned its second win over South Florida this season by connecting on 10-of-22 from 3-point range, which put some distance between the Tigers and Bulls in the second half. Martino Brock was the only Bulls player to net double-digit points against Memphis, contributing 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The Bulls shot 33.9 percent from the floor in the contest.

Victor Rudd and Corey Allen Jr. are the two leading USF scorers this season, with Brock sitting in fourth on the team in that category. Rudd averages 14.4 ppg with a team best-tying 6.9 rpg. Allen checks in at 10.6 ppg and a team- leading 63 assists on the year. South Florida is averaging 66.5 ppg through 20 contests this season.

USF has the home advantage, but has struggled mightily in conference play this year. SMU should be able to keep the win streak going with solid guard play and tough defense.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: SMU 69, South Florida 64

01/28 10:32:29 ET

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Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
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NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
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CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
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SAN 92
DAL 113
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HOU 105
POR 112
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ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
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CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
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CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
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CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
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