I can't help but wonder if Brooklyn Pumroy calling this play will confuse the Bulls. - Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com
The Golden Eagles look to rebound from the nailbiter of a loss to Louisville as they escape the cold and head to Tampa tomorrow evening.
MU and USF will tip off at 5pm Central on Saturday. The game was picked up by the Big East Network, so I can tell you for sure that TWC Sports 32 will be carrying the game. If you live outside Milwaukee, be sure to check your local listings to catch Bob Picozzi and LaChina Robinson bringing you all the insight you can handle.
Marquette does have some good news on the injury front since Tuesday night. Arlesia Morse missed the Louisville game with a knee strain and is now listed as probably for tomorrow's game. Apiew Ojulu is still out indefinitely with a right foot injury, while Sarina Simmons is playing with a sprained ankle.
USF has alternated wins and losses over their last four games, ending with a road win at Seton Hall on Tuesday. Unfortunately for our purposes, the official USF website only has stats through their first 17 games. I'm going to presume that one game isn't throwing things off terribly when I tell you that twin sisters Andrea and Andrell Smith are the leading scorers for the Bulls. Andrea averages 18.2 ppg while Andrell chips in 16.9 ppg. Eleven different Bulls have started at least two games, and four of those players - including the Smith sisters - average at least five rebounds per game.
Two things to watch for in this game will be turnovers and offensive rebounds. USF forces turnovers on nearly 30% of their opponents' possessions, and we've discussed MU's turnover problem repeatedly in the past. As for the offensive glass, USF gets to 40% of their misses. Marquette's going to need to put a body on the Bulls when they get a shot up if the Golden Eagles are going to have a chance to win this road game.