As the USF men’s basketball team sits at 14th place in the Big East and well out of postseason contention, one major win-motivating factor remains — do it for the seniors.
The Bulls (8-20, 3-13) will honor three seniors — two of which will be out due to injury — tonight at 7 when they host Cincinnati (18-11, 8-8) at the Sun Dome.
“We definitely want to recognize all three of them for their contributions to our program,” said USF coach Stan Heath.
Forwards Aris Williams and B.J. Ajayi and guard Jesus Verdejo will suit up for their final regular-season game tonight, but Verdejo and Ajayi will not play. Verdejo has plantar fasciitis in his right foot, while Ajayi is sidelined for the season with an ACL tear.
Both Williams and Verdejo have graduated. Ajayi will graduate at the end of this semester.
“All of them, from a student-athlete perspective, have done a very good job,” Heath said. “I think sometimes if you just look at wins and losses and records, you can see some disappointment. But it hasn’t been a disappointment in the fact that they laid down a foundation for success, and that’s what we’re working toward.”
Williams has 99 rebounds while averaging 3.2 points per game, Ajayi averaged 4.7 rebounds per game during the 18 games he played in and Verdejo is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 12.8 points per game.
The will play their last regular season game against at Rutgers on March 7 before heading to the Big East tournament.
— Kerry Klecic