Nebraska vs. South Florida
Date: Wednesday, November 27th
Time: 4:00pm CST
Location: George Town, Grand Cayman
2018-19 Record: 24-14 (8-4 conference)
2019-20 Record: 3-3
Conference: American Athletic Conference
South Florida ranks 332nd in RPI, but is 131st in KenPom. KenPom is a bit night and day in the details, though, as they rank all the way back at 245th in adjusted offense, but are 76th in adjusted defense. Style wise, they’re 226th in tempo. So expect this to be a unique test for the Huskers.
As a team, the Bulls are low scoring with only 60.5 points per game so far. No surprise there given they are only shooting 41% from the field, though they are 33% from three. Also not helpful to their offensive game is their 17 turnovers a game. Huskers should be careful in this one given they average 10 steals per game.
Junior guard David Collins leads the Bulls with 14.2 points per game. Second in scoring for the team is senior guard Laquincy Rideau, who also leads in assists with 2.7 per game and steals at 3.3 per game. Finally, 7’ 250lbs. sophomore forward Michael Durr will be the man to keep a body on when shots go up as he leads the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game. Despite his height, he is not much of a scoring threat, however, only having 25 field goal attempts on the season and gotten only 8 to go in. Not many shot attempts for averaging 25 minutes a game.
Odds: South Florida (-2)
Well, Nebraska lost to George Mason last night so they now get to play the South Florida Bulls in the third place game. The Bulls are 3-3 with wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Wofford, and Loyola Chicago. Their losses have been to Boston College, IUPUI, and most recently New Mexico State here in the tournament.
South Florida is favored in this one so I am going to believe that either team could win this one. It would be nice to have a win in the books before Thanksgiving for the squad. I am guessing there is a 3rd place trophy involved with this tournament. I would at least hope so. These are set up like those YMCA tournaments we use to play back in our youth, right?
Let’s hope there is a trophy.