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@MOD4Three - USF

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Offense
- It was a cold shooting night for both teams. It seemed as if each basket was willed in.
- The Knights did make adjustments when needed and turned a cold shooting night into 34 points in the paint as opposed to USF's 26.
- I thought Calvin Newell had a solid point guard's game. We are all waiting for his breakout offensive performance (and believe me it's coming), but in the meantime 8 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals will do just fine.

- Keith Clanton had another monster double double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. In a selfish way I wanted more than that, but that's still one heck of a game.
- USF played some 2-3 zone throughout the game. It was effective for a while due to cold outside shooting (sometimes you just have those kinds of nights), but when the Knights adjusted and penetrated the zone, USF quickly retreated out of it.
- 17 points, 5 assists and only 1 turnover for Isaiah Sykes. More on him in the "Intangibles" section.

Defense
- For the most part the Knights played very well defensively. The second half was much better than the first though.
- The Knights played extremely hard in the second half but sent USF to the charity stripe 8 times.
- The pressure defense of Newell and Sykes in the second half was insane! During the Knights comeback, Newell single handedly took USF's point guard and leader Anthony Collins out of the game for 4 minutes. There were multiple possessions where Collins was unable to even touch the basketball and initiate their offense. I've always said when you are not making shots, the best way to keep yourself in the game is to change the tempo of play with your defense... and Newell did just that.
- USF hit a couple really tough jumpers late in the second half.

Intangibles
- Great crowd, great atmosphere! Announced attendance was 4,904, but felt like more. This rivalry will be something special. #waronI4
- Best 3 minutes Dylan Karell has played all season. It won't show up in the stat sheet but I was very impressed. #fearthefro
- I Truly cannot say enough about Sykes' grit and hatred of losing. I am not a big proponent of singling one guy out for carrying a team, but there was a stretch in the second half that made me a believer in Sykes' ability to play at the next level. Great players make great plays when needed most.
- Kasey Wilson had a tough night shooting, but that did not affect his effort, as he brought a ton of energy last night.
- All-American trainer Andy Reber did his best Roy Williams impression with a dark blue slim fit suit and a light blue tie. Great look. But the best dressed goes to Knightro with a ridiculously amazing black and gold Matador outfit #ole!!! #iwantthat
- The Knights lost to rival USF 56-65. What do you do? Sit and pout? Nope! Watch film, fix your mistakes and get ready to take severe revenge upon Florida A&M on Saturday. I will be there Knight Nation will you? I hope so, there is a lot of season left to be played.

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