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Bulls prepare for first road test

Junior guard Nehemias Morillo recorded a double-double in his USF debut. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU

The men’s basketball team plays UAB tonight at 8 for its first road game of the season. The Bulls are 2-0, but are looking to improve on reducing turnovers.

In the first two games, USF averaged 18 turnovers per game, 6.5 more than UAB. 

Sophomore forward Chris Perry said the Bulls need to work on “rebounding better, making more shots (and) stopping people more efficiently.”

Specifically, junior guard Nehemias Morillo said the team needs to improve its communication, saying, “Sometimes we get lost on the plays and on defense.”

The team focuses on communication during practice, but coach Orlando Antigua understands how
unpredictable basketball can be.

“There are a lot of things that happen in the course of a game or every possession that you aren’t necessarily prepared for beforehand,” he said. “It happens as the game develops and evolves, and they have to communicate themselves through it.”

UAB starts its season with four home games. The Blazers are 1-1, having won their most recent game 94-81 against Young Harris. 

UAB forward Tosin Mehinti leads the Blazers, averaging 17 points in the first two games. The 6-foot-9, 213-pound sophomore also leads with 15 total rebounds. 

The Bulls will play in unfamiliar territory and Antigua said they need to “stay disciplined within our principals.”

“You have to rely on the things you’re working on every day,” Antigua said. “Those things don’t change no matter where you are – communication, discipline, boxing out, trying to run, letting our defense get us opportunities to get out and transition, and to have fun and get out and enjoy the challenges of what we’re getting ready to experience.”

After playing UAB tonight at 8, the Bulls will remain on the road to play at NC State on Sunday at 4 p.m.