USF Tips Off The CBI Championship Series Tonight Against DePaul

USF guard David Collins has had a big season in helping lead the Bulls’ resurgence in 2018-19. (Credit: USF Athletics)

The Bulls open their best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series tonight against DePaul at the Yuengling Center. Tipoff is at 7.

Sideline seating is $20, baseline seats are $15 and students will be admitted free of charge. Parking is $5.

The next two games will be at DePaul. Game 2 is Wednesday (8 p.m.) and Game 3, if necessary, is Friday (7 p.m.). All three games are on ESPNU.

To get this point in the 16-team tournament the Bulls defeated Stony Brook, Utah Valley and Loyola Marymount.

“Both teams are heading into this series having won three straight games, so both teams are going to be feeling pretty good heading into (tonight),” said USF coach Brian Gregory. “Guys are excited about the series format, and it’s going to be interesting to see how both teams make adjustments throughout the series. What worked in one game may not work in another, and you’ve only got a day in between games to adjust and prepare.”

Gregory’s team enters tonight’s game 22-13 and needs one more win to set the program’s single-season mark.

Tonight’s game will be the 28th meeting between the schools, with DePaul leading 15-12. The last encounter was in 2013 when both programs were Big East members. The Blue Demons remained in a restructured Big East where they went 7-11 this season. They are 18-15 overall.

Sophomore guard David Collins, who had a career-high 31 points against Stony Brook, leads the Bulls in scoring at 15.7 points per game. Forward Alexis Yetna’s 9.7 rebounds are tops on the team and the redshirt freshman has 14 double-doubles.

Laquincy Rideau leads the way in assists (5.4) and steals (2.9) with latter tied for fourth nationally at officially 2.91.

Four Blue Demons are averaging at least 12 points per game led by senior guard Max Strus, who is at 20.0. Strus is also averaging 6.0 rebounds.

Sophomore forward and Orlando native Paul Reed is averaging 12.1 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds.

Tom Layberger is a contributing writer to sportstalkflorida.com and Forbes.com

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Tom Layberger has been a sports writer, reporter and editor since 1990. Among the companies he has worked for are Comcast, NBC and The Topps Company. In addition to being a contributing writer for sportstalkflorida.com, Tom also writes for forbes.com and globalsportmatters.com. A native of the Philadelphia suburbs and a USF grad, Tom is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation. He resides in Tampa.