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Gourmet tech: Nathan Myhrvold’s ‘Modernist Bread’ finds new twists in one of the oldest foods

Technologist Nathan Myhrvold is on a mission with “Modernist Bread.” (The Cooking Lab, LLC)

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Did you ever try inflating bread dough with a bicycle pump? Gourmet technologist Nathan Myhrvold did — and after thumbing through the 2,642 pages of his latest opus, “Modernist Bread,” you just might, too.

Like “Modernist Cuisine,” his earlier work, the new five-volume set of books is bigger than a bread box and costs hundreds of dollars. But although “Modernist Bread” offers hundreds of recipes, these are no common cookbooks: Myhrvold and his co-author, head chef Francisco Migoya, delve into the history of one of the world’s oldest foods, the science and technology of breadmaking, and why stunts like pumping up bread actually work.

“Some people ask me how I could possibly make a 2,600-page book on bread,” Myhrvold told GeekWire, “My answer is, ‘Because I had to hold the line somewhere.’ Seriously, we had lots of material that we had to cut.”

Myhrvold and Migoya manage to deflate a few myths along the way. Some examples: The need to knead bread is a fraud. Some of the “rustic” bread techniques in vogue today aren’t rustic at all, but were invented over the past 40 years or so. And there’s no such thing as true rye bread in America.

“How come it took till the 21st century for us to figure this out?” Myhrvold asked.

“Modernist Bread: The Art and Science” by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya.

That’s the sort of question Myhrvold asks about a lot of things, ranging from how many Earth-threatening asteroids are out there to how fast a dinosaur could whip its tail. His eagerness to test conventional wisdom held him in good stead as a physicist under the tutelage of Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University, as chief strategist and chief technology officer at Microsoft in its early days, and as the co-founder and CEO of Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures.

Myhrvold’s fortune, which is thought to amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, gives him the freedom to explore the art and science of cooking.

“I’ve always loved food, and I’ve been interested in food as long as I’ve been interested in science,” he said. “So, it happens that taking that kind of skeptical, curious attitude toward food is actually really helpful in making better food.”

Sometimes it’s just a case of rediscovering what someone else already figured out. For example, bakers had put out formulas for “no-knead bread” going back decades, but the experiments that Myhrvold and his team conducted in their Bellevue lab figured out more precisely how dough could do what it needed to do without kneading.

And it wasn’t until Myhrvold played host to Austrian bakers that he learned why American rye bread pales in comparison to the real thing from Europe. Spoiler alert: It’s usually just rye-flavored wheat bread, containing as little as 4 percent rye.

True rye flour is gluten-free, and it has to be finely milled to make a nice, fluffy loaf. The closest U.S. product comes from Oregon-based Bob’s Red Mill, Myhrvold said.

Cooking with lab equipment

To test the recipes, and to advance the frontier of baking technology, Myhrvold, Migoya and the team’s other bakers took advantage of a state-of-the-art Cooking Lab set up within Intellectual Ventures’ Bellevue laboratory.

“We have a lot of lab equipment that was repurposed for cooking,” Migoya told GeekWire during a tour.

There’s a rotary evaporator that’s typically used to remove solvents from chemical mixtures, a cryogenic freeze-dryer, a spray dryer, a proofer-retarder, a rotor-stator homogenizer and other gadgets that look as if they’d be at home in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab.

But there’s also an oven that looks as if it came from a college dorm.

“It’s this rinky-dink oven,” Migoya said. “We do a lot of testing in there because we want people who have rinky-dink ovens to do the food that we make. … In fact, some of our best-looking loaves came out of this home oven.”

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Rotary evaporator

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Modernist Cuisine

Another type of oven was used to recreate the bread loaves that are depicted on 2,000-year-old murals in Roman Pompeii. To add verisimilitude to the exercise, Myrhvold had lab employees dress up in Roman costumes for a photo, and bought an authentic (and rather expensive) Roman-era bread stamp to mark the loaves.

“The antiquarian dealer was horrified, of course. … I can’t tell you, ‘Ah, yes, our sales will be 22 percent higher because we recreated the Pompeiian mural,’ but it does sort of speak to how crazy and carried away we get on some things,” Myhrvold said.

The lab doesn’t just recreate old recipes: The Modernist Bread team delves into innovations on the frontiers of baking.

There’s that pumped-up bread, for example: When air is injected into the dough, using a basting syringe or even a bicycle pump, that leads to bigger holes in the baked bread — making for a different taste experience. The team went so far as to build a bubble-blowing machine for bread dough.

“It creates these hollow spheres of bread,” Myhrvold explained. “Imagine a balloon with the outside shell made of something like phyllo dough.”

The meaning of modernist baking

Advancing the state of food technology is what the “modernist” in “Modernist Bread” is all about.

“Historically speaking, this notion that the best bread was in the past is just wrong. … That fabled golden age of bread never really existed,” Myhrvold said. “That’s the first thing. The other thing is, it’s very stultifying if you think that the best stuff happened only in the distant past, and if you think all we can do is struggle to re-attain to what once occurred.”

Six years ago, “Modernist Cuisine” documented the innovations that forward-thinking chefs were bringing to the age-old craft of cooking. This time around, Myhrvold is on a different mission.

“Rather than documenting a movement, what we do is we document the undercover stirrings of all of these things, and try to get the whole baking world to say, ‘Hey, you can have a model for high quality that doesn’t mean you’re copying the past. It’s OK to innovate. It’s OK to come up with new ideas.’ Science and technology is not bad. Science and technology is how the world works.”

Myhrvold is among the inventors listed on a patent for making crisper french fries by soaking them in a special solution and subjecting them to ultrasound. Now his work on “Modernist Bread” might spawn another patent.

“Very late in the process, someone I know who’s got celiac disease and knew that we made gluten-free things said, ‘You know, I would kill for a gluten-free bagel,’” he recalled.

At first, Myhrvold was skeptical. He listed all the reasons why it’s impossible to make a true bagel using gluten-free flour.

“Then, a couple of days later, it occurred to me, ‘Hey, we should try this one thing.’ And by God, it worked,” he said. “We have a gluten-free bagel that’s actually good.”

Is it possible to patent and commercialize that bagel? “It may be,” Myhrvold replied. “We’re looking at it.”

Nathan’s Gluten-Free Bagels: It could happen, people.

“Modernist Bread: The Art and Science” can be pre-ordered now for delivery after the Nov. 7 publication date. Myhrvold will talk about modernist breadmaking during a Town Hall Seattle presentation at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theater on Oct. 26. It’s part of a culinary doubleheader with Rachel Yang and Jess Thomson, co-authors of “My Rice Bowl: Korean Cooking Outside the Lines.”

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Working Geek: The surprising stress-reliever that helps Fjuri co-founder Paulo Resende unplug

Paolo Resende chats with his Fjuri co-founder Thom Gruhler. (Fjuri Photo)

In February, Paulo Resende left a 15-year career at Microsoft to start a marketing firm helping Fortune 500 companies improve their branding with fellow Microsoft vet Thom Gruhler. Together they created Fjuri, a digital strategy, and marketing consultancy that leverages big data, predictive analytics, and automation.

“I wear multiple hats at Fjuri — from business strategy and development to helping clients enhance their marketing strategy by tapping into customer experience and engagement data in a more powerful way,” Resende said.

Resende learned how to use data analytics to increase sales and business performance during his time at Microsoft, where he worked from 2002 to 2015. He held positions as a revenue and financial analyst before becoming a director for product marketing. Resende met Gruhler working on Microsoft’s Partner Channel Marketing team. Gruhler was overseeing marketing teams for Windows, Windows Phone, and consumer apps/services at the time.

They used their combined experience to launch Fjuri earlier this year.

“Our approach focuses on being shoulder-to-shoulder with CMOs and marketing teams on the ground to create tangible change, repeatable processes and clear results,” Resende says.

We caught up with Resende for this Working Geek, a regular GeekWire feature. Continue reading for his answers to our questionnaire.

Current Location: Seattle, WA 

Computer types: MacBook Pro

 Mobile devices: iPhone 6s

Favorite apps, cloud services and software tools: OmniFocus, Slack, Outlook, Zoom, LinkedIn, Trello, Dropbox. Audible and Spotify. And, of course, Excel

Describe your workspace. Why does it work for you? “I split my time between client offices, Fjuri’s office at Galvanize Seattle, and my home office, when I need uninterrupted time to work on something that requires unwavering focus. At my home office, I have an industrial looking desk and a Herman Miller chair. On a corner table sits my dad’s typewriter and mechanical pinwheel calculator. There’s something fascinating about the juxtaposition of them and a MacBook Pro, where I do most of my work. This invisible thread that connects where we came from to where we are today is, to me, conducive to focus and determination in making progress.”

Your best advice for managing everyday work and life? “Set your priorities based on what’s important, and nothing else. Then have the courage to say no. That’s fundamentally important to be able to focus on opportunities instead of problems.”

Your preferred social network? How do you use it for business/work? “LinkedIn. I use it primarily to create new connections and keep up with colleagues and the great things they’re doing.” 

Current number of unanswered emails in your inbox? Of the ones that require an answer, two or three.

Number of appointments/meetings on your calendar this week? 21

How do you run meetings? “I find that the most important factors in running a successful meeting are preparation and clarity about its purpose and agenda. It’s also critical to capture actions, owners and timing for next steps. Sometimes meetings can get off track, so bringing it back to the overarching goal or challenge at hand is important. Another key success factor is separating facts from opinions. I strongly encourage the use of data to substantiate arguments. Before ending a meeting, I always ask ‘is there anything we should have talked about that we didn’t?.’ Especially in larger settings, it’s remarkable how often important ideas or concerns weren’t discussed. Too often we can fall into a trap of believing time-sensitive items are also the most important.”

Paulo Resende.

Everyday work uniform? Jeans, a button-down shirt and some classic shoes. 

How do you make time for family? “I listen to Harry Chapin’s ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ often. The story of a man’s busy life of work that creates a loss of connection, interaction and love with his kids scares me to death. So, being clear with yourself about your life priorities and rigorously planning around that helps tremendously.” 

Best stress reliever? How do you unplug? “Music. Cooking. For some reason, chopping vegetables is an awesome stress reliever.”

What are you listening to? Pink Floyd, Beatles, The Clash, Pearl Jam and Johnny Cash.

 Daily reads? Favorite sites and newsletters? “I’ve been listening to Reid Hoffman’s ‘Masters of Scale’ podcast and I’m loving it. I often read the Harvard Business Review, and Fred Wilson’s AVC blog.” 

Book on your nightstand (or e-reader)? The Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, and Multipliers by Liz Wiseman.

Night owl or early riser? What are your sleep patterns? “Night owl by DNA, early riser by duty. I try to go to bed at the same time every night, and when there’s something important and time-sensitive to do that didn’t fit work hours, I’ll wake up before the sun rises and get stuff done.”

Where do you get your best ideas? “Often, I find the best ideas come when I break focus from the challenge at hand, and then return to it with a fresh perspective. I find walking, reading and talking to colleagues about things that are seemingly unrelated helps immensely. I tend to naturally solve problems analytically and methodically, and I learned that to be creative you need to get off the path you’ve been working on, create space to process those loose and remote associations between the elements of a problem, and connect ideas in a new way.”

 Whose work style would you want to learn more about or emulate? “Winston Churchill and Warren Buffett. Both are examples of leaders with incredible vision, grit and a laser focus on achieving goals, who put their team, company and/or country ahead of themselves.

Churchill’s ability to inspire and encourage stand out, along with his determination and strategic foresight. I’m also fascinated with Warren Buffet’s focus, giving the team a lot of autonomy and ability to keep calm in the face of uncertainty.

They are humble leaders, who learn from their mistakes and openly share their lessons. As Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.’”

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Week in Geek: Amazon’s HQ2 deadline arrives, renting sports jerseys, and new signs of a tech bubble

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Amazon likes to say, “it’s still Day 1.”In the city Amazon picks for its HQ2, soon it really will be. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Cities around the continent submitted their bids for Amazon’s HQ2 this week, bringing the frenzy of speculation about the company’s second headquarters to new heights. On this episode of the Week in Geek podcast, GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg shares details from her reporting on the biggest headquarters contest in history, and looks ahead to what’s next.

Plus, the sharing economy has changed a lot of things, but could renting specialized clothes really become a thing? GeekWire’s Taylor Soper tried out the new $20/month jersey rental service Rep the Squad, and he says it actually worked pretty well.

Also this week, we remember Mighty AI co-founder Matt Benke, who passed away this week at 45 years old after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Be sure to read the piece that Benke wrote for Wired in August, “The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread.”

And finally, in the Random Channel, we talk about some unoriginal Silicon Valley “innovations.”

Listen to the show above, and download the MP3 here.

[A big thanks to GeekWire reporter and podcast producer Clare McGrane for hosting the show this week, as I visited Bellingham, Wash., to take part in the TAG NW Tech Summit.]

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‘Halo Wars 2’ shoots for a Grammy, and a composer scores with music made for video games

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Composer Gordy Haab during a promotional event for the music of the video game “Halo Wars 2” at SIFF Film Center in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

It’s safe to say, film fans, that a large part of the enjoyment derived from watching movies comes from listening to them. As video games compete for attention and dollars in the overall entertainment space, they’re doing more to appeal to the conventional cinematic experience, especially when it comes to music.

Thursday night at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle, music composed for the “Halo Wars 2” video game — from 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios — was showcased, along with the folks who created it. The effort was aimed at attracting the attention of Recording Academy members in the area who might help nominate the music and those involved for a Grammy.

Composers Gordy Haab, Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White of Finishing Move, and audio director Paul Lipson, VP of creative services at Formosa Group, created the ‘Halo Wars 2’ music with an 80-piece orchestra on the Fox scoring stage in Los Angeles and a 20-piece choir at Skywalker Sound.

Haab is already an award-winning composer for film, television and video games. His work for the Electronic Arts game “Star Wars: Battlefront” won Music of the Year, Best Interactive Score, and Best Instrumental Score at the 2016 GDC G.A.N.G. Awards, and was nominated for a BAFTA for Excellence in Audio Achievement.

Hardcore Gamer called that score “the best music John Williams never wrote” in a nod to the legendary film composer known for his music for such films as “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” “E.T.” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and more.

The comparison is not lost on Haab, 41, who grew up a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise.

“John Williams in particular, of all the film composers that have inspired me, is probably the biggest,” Haab told GeekWire. “Star Wars was right in my wheelhouse. It was one of the first movies I can remember seeing. Before I knew anything about music, the music that was sort of inspiring me and making me want to become a musician and a composer was the music of John Williams … Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe it’s all true — that I get to live in this universe that was the very universe that inspired me to do this in the first place.”

If you can hear Williams’ Star Wars music playing in your head while reading this, welcome to Haab’s world. In writing new music for a franchise like “Battlefront,” he’s tasked with writing transitions out of Williams’ music and into his own and back. He said it’s “kind of cool” to have to bridge those gaps between his own work and the stuff of legend.

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Seattle musician Rachel Flotard of the band Visqueen hangs with the guys of “Halo Wars 2,” from left, Gordy Haab, Brian Trifon, Paul Lipson and Brian Lee White. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

While Williams doesn’t write for games, Haab is committed to the medium and the creativity being fostered.

“Games have come so far even in just my time of being involved, which has been about 10 years,” Haab said. “I’ve seen them grow from simply what we called them, which is a game, to being really like a full cinematic experience that you get to be a part of. It really is the next generation of entertainment and being a part of that is really cool.”

For “Halo Wars 2,” Haab, Trifon and Lee White ended up creating 150 minutes of music, with 30 minutes of that being cinematic cut scenes.

“The cinematics are pretty beautiful in this game, I’ve got to say,” Haab said. “It’s like watching a feature film on the highest of levels.”

Haab remembers the video game he was playing when he first noticed a musical score being employed and heightening the experience. He previously thought music in games served a one-dimensional function — faster music means hurry up, or that kind of effect.

“I remember playing this game, ‘Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis’ and the score was a full orchestral score,” Haab said. “It was the first time I’d ever heard that in a video game and I was kind of blown away by it. That was the first moment I realized, ‘Oh, wow, I like games, I write cinematic scores and had no idea that the two could be combined.’ So i started pursuing writing music for video games at that point and sort of found my way into the industry by that inspiration, really.”

Haab has recorded and conducted his music with orchestras from around the world, according to his bio, including The London Symphony Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Nashville Symphony and the Hollywood Studio Orchestra.

He recently composed the music for Activision/AMC’s “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” game, based on the popular zombie-infested television series.

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The music of “Halo Wars 2” was discussed during an event at the SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Haab said every game has its set of challenges, just like a film, and while he finds the same inspiration in writing for either medium — characters, story arc — the process for games and movies is very different.

“Composers are brought on to a video game much earlier than they are to a film,” Haab said. “Usually on a film it’s almost the last step in the process in a lot of ways. The composer is usually working in the last six weeks of production when the film is already edited, cut together, there’s a full film you can look at and then you score it.

“But with games you’re writing music almost at the same time the game is being developed, so I’m working with still images, written scripts that give me a sense of what the story might be, concept art, that type of thing. Very rarely am I even seeing game play. I’m writing music to a concept, essentially.”

Lipson spent almost five years at Microsoft on the Central Media Team and then as senior audio director at 343, the studio that makes “Halo.” He left for Formosa Group, one of the largest post-production teams in the world, and he’s spent three years working on “Halo Wars 2.”

“When I was looking to do the next ‘Halo’ score — and I’ve done a bunch of them — Gordy immediately popped out,” Lipson said. “His voice and what he does is so unique.”

He said it made sense to pair Haab and “the two Brians” because “Halo” has a long tradition of being a hybrid score. It’s not just an orchestral score, or an electronic-based score.

“You needed masters of their domain that could work together to produce a singularity,” Lipson said. “You stay up at night and you dream about your partners, and I thought up the team and … luckily I was right!”

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Adventurous Man Quits His Job to Travel Australia in a Campervan With a Beautiful Black Cat By His Side

Tired of his corporate life in Hobart, Tasmania, adventurer Rich East decided to go off the grid in a campervan of his own design. He sold off all his things and hit the road with his beloved black cat Willow whom he adopted from a rescue center. Since that time, the travelling duo has clocked over 31,000 miles around the continent of Australia, documenting the trip the entire way through YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Calendars of their adventure are available for purchase through the VanCatMeow site.

In early 2014 I started making plans for a massive life change. Unhappy with my 10 years in the corporate world I started designing a new life for myself. I started designing a campervan that could provide me with shelter, a home, and comfort for this next stage of my life. Slowly I began to sell all my possessions such that what was left would fit in this van….We have now travelled thousands and thousands of kilometres around Australia, often only managing 60 kilometres a week. Please join us as we continue our trip, our worlds slowest land speed record attempt.

via My Modern Met

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Ask Ethan: How sure are we that the Universe is 13.8 billion years old? (Synopsis)

“Normal science, the activity in which most scientists inevitably spend almost all their time, is predicated on the assumption that the scientific community knows what the world is like.” -Thomas S. Kuhn

For all of human history, the biggest questions have fascinated us. Where did the Universe come from? How old is it? And what is its ultimate fate? Once relegated to the realm of theologians, poets, and philosophers, science has brought us closer than ever to the answers. But scientific revolutions have occurred before, in many cases significantly changing the answers to these and other inquiries. How certain are we that this won’t happen again?

The Sun, the Earth, and the history of life on our world all have a consistent age today, but back in the late 1800s, the evidence for the age of the Earth suggested it was significantly older than the Sun. Image credit: NASA, ESA, and ISS Expedition 37.

When it comes to the question of the age of the Universe, presently estimated at 13.8 billion years, there are many uncertainties that could come into play. Dark energy could evolve over time, fundamental constants might not be constant, or today’s fundamental particles might be broken up into smaller components. Additionally, we could have flaws in the expansion rate or composition of our Universe, or even alter General Relativity.

The four possible fates of our Universe into the future; the last one appears to be the Universe we live in, dominated by dark energy. What’s in the Universe, along with the laws of physics, determines not only how the Universe evolves, but how old it is. Image credit: E. Siegel / Beyond The Galaxy.

But it really looks like 13.8 billion years is safe, to within perhaps 2% at most. How can we be so confident? Find out on this week’s Ask Ethan!

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Jimbo Fisher discusses postgame spat with fan

Florida State's head coach Jimbo Fisher, second from right, talks to his staff on the sideline in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Louisville, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Tallahassee Fla. Louisville won 31-28. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Entering this season with hopes of not only winning the ACC but also making a run at a national title, this has been a frustrating year for Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles. On Saturday, Florida State dropped to 2-4 on the season with a 31-28 home loss to Louisville, with the Seminoles starting the home portion of their schedule with three consecutive home losses for the first time since 1974.

Those frustrations may have reached their climax following the game, when Fisher exchanged words with a fan. The fan reportedly yelled that the team should “get new coaches,” which understandably pushed a button with the head coach.

During his press conference following the loss Fisher said that he should not have argued with the fan, but there was also the desire to stand up for his players and coaches.

“I mean, I understand [the frustration],” Fisher said. “That’s what’s part of this. If you’re a fan, are you going to be a loyal fan or not? Just keep fighting with us. We ain’t quitting on you. Please don’t quit on us. We’re going to keep fighting, scratching, coaching, playing, and you see the heart and desire of those kids. And understand something: What if that’s your kid? If that was one of your kids or your nephew or your cousin or your friend, keep supporting them, you know what I mean? Just keep supporting because it ain’t that.”

A season that began with promise took a turn in the wrong direction during the Seminoles’ opener against Alabama in Atlanta, with starting quarterback Deondre Francois being lost for the season with a knee injury. The frustration felt by all involved is understandable given the circumstances.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo pours in career-high 44 points

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo pauses before shooting a free throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 44 points during the team’s 113-110 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. In addition to the scoring prowess, he helped hold the lead defensively, packing Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic at the rim in the final seconds while also serving as a terror all over the floor defensively.

From the field, Antetokounmpo was absurdly efficient, finishing the evening 17-for-23. By the end of the night, he had 44 points despite knocking down only a single 3-point shot. In addition to the points, he had eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Antetokounmpo has gotten off to a blazing hot start during the 2017-18 season, having scored 37 in the season opener against the Boston Celtics while posting a double-double before getting 34 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a loss.

The development of Antetokounmpo has continued, having increased his points, rebounds, and assists per game average each of his first four seasons in the league. Last season, he set new career-highs with 22.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor.

He was named an All-Star last season for the first time in his career, while also winning the league’s Most Improved Player trophy. Milwaukee took a chance on the kid from Athens, Greece, when they selected him in the first round (15th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft and last season, he turned into an All-NBA Second Team member.

His next chance to set a new career-high and keep his dominant start to the season rolling comes on Monday when the team hosts the Charlotte Hornets.

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Rapid Recap- Bulls make program history-roll to 7-0

A history making night for USF, as the Bulls raced out to a big lead and then had to hang on a bit as Tulane got closer, but it still ended 34-28.

The Bulls had been slow starters all year, outscoring opponents only 43-38 in the first quarter.

However, Saturday night was a different story. The Bulls opened with a 10-play, 85-yard drive for a touchdown on its opening possession on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium and controlled the game from there.

A victory over the Green Wave gave USF its first-ever 7-0 start to a season. The 34 points is the modern NCAA Division One record with 24 straight games with at least 30 points scored.

Meanwhile, RB Darius Tice ended the night with a career high 141 rushing yards on 13 carries, 10.8 yards per carry on the night.

Senior quarterback Quinton Flowers totaled 265 yards for three touchdowns to help the Bulls garner their second conference road win against Tulane (3-4, 1-2). He hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the third quarter on this score:

Tice scored on a 30-yard run only a few moments after Tulane called its final timeout sealed the win for the Bulls.

The Bulls now put their perfect mark on line and host Houston next Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.

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