Coming off of two straight 22-point victories, the Stetson men's basketball team will conclude its three-game home stand on Monday night, hosting South Florida at 7:00 p.m. at the Edmunds Center. It will mark the first meeting between the Hatters (2-1) and the Bulls (3-2) since Nov. 27, 2006.
"At this point in the season, there's still so much to work on," Stetson head coach Casey Alexander said. "You're going to face something new from game to game, but our guys have done a nice job of being ready to play and playing hard."
This time around that something new will be a South Florida team that is coming off of an 82-63 win over Bradley.
"It means a lot," Alexander said of bringing the BIG EAST team to the Edmunds Center. "It's a high profile game for people who live in this area, especially with USF coming off of such a great season last year. They return a real high percentage of their production in general, so their expectations are high."
The Bulls are coming off of one of their best seasons ever in 2011-12, earning their first ever NCAA Tournament wins and advancing to the Third Round after victories over California and Temple. The team tied a school record for wins with a mark of 22-14.
With four of its five starters back, USF has got out to a bit of a slow start, falling to UCF and Western Michigan in the early part of the season. Wins over Maryland Eastern Shore, Loyola-Chicago, and Bradley highlight the early part of the Bulls season, which has taken place entirely at USF's Sun Dome.
"They will bring a lot of excitement to the Edmunds Center," Alexander continued. "I hope people in DeLand, and Hatter fans everywhere are excited for what's going to happen Monday night."
Monday night will mark the first time these two teams have met since 2006, and it will be the first time playing in DeLand since 2005. USF holds a 16-7 advantage over Stetson in the all-time series, and has won the last 10 meetings, dating back to 1989. The Hatters, however, hold a slight 5-4 advantage during games played in DeLand.
The game can be watched live and for free on HatterVision and ASun.TV with Robbie Aaron and Ryan Rouse on the call. Fans can also listen in on WSBB 1230 AM in New Smyrna, 1490 AM in DeLand, or on www.myam1230.com. Live Stats, the @StetsonMBB Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.