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South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:22 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 11:23 am

By Jeff Goodman

NEW YORK - Stan Heath and South Florida hardly did it in picturesque fashion, but the Bulls knocked off Villanova for the third time this season and reached the 20-win barrier in the process. 

That means South Florida won a dozen Big East regular-season games, finished fourth in the league and has now won 20. The Bulls have reached the Big East quarterfinals for the first time in school history. It should be enough to get into the NCAA tournament -- and is definitely enough to get Stan Heath off that dreaded hot seat. 

Remember, this South Florida team was without its most important player, freshman point guard Anthony Collins, for the first five games of the season due to a hip injury -- including two losses to Old Dominion and Penn State. Gus Gilchrist missed three games -- including the loss to VCU. Jawanza Poland missed the first 11 games of the year due to a suspension (two games) and a back injury (nine games). 

They aren't pretty to watch on the offensive end, but South Florida has won enough -- in arguably the top league in America -- to earn a spot whether the Bulls knock off Notre Dame on Thursday or not. 

"Twelve wins in this league," Heath said when asked if he thought he team was in the field after the win over 'Nova. "I don't know. I don't know why we shouldn't be." 

If there's an argument, it's that South Florida hasn't beaten enough of the Big East's big boys. 

Remember, they drew Pittsburgh, Villanova and Providence as the teams they played twice in conference play this season. No one had a clue that Pitt and 'Nova would finish towards the bottom of the Big East. 

But South Florida did take care of both Cincinnati and also beat Louisville at the Yum! Center down the stretch. 

These guys may not pass the "eye test" in terms that they aren't exactly pleasurable to watch on the offensive end, but South Florida has done enough to warrant inclusion in the Big Dance. 


Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:17 am

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

South Florida can relax and take a deep breath because they are dancing.  Will they be able to sling people down by then neck to the court or hack people down low and get away with it?  Speaking of point shaving how about the big east televised espn primetime games at Madison Square Garden. Let's get back to South Florida. One thing that would help their offense is if they would take open shots and stop trying to pass or dribble to get one foot closer to the rim.  The only way South Florida can make the Sweet 16 is if they are allowed to massacre the other team as they did against Villanova and N.Dame. I would like to see them play Alabama. Might be a lower scoring game than some of the USC games. Ohhh and back to Auburn.  The point shaving was discovered while investigating Cam Newton and Milton Mcgregor. 

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:19 pm

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

not anti- South Florida but anti-Big Least. The cards are stacked in the
conferences favor because there are so many teams and by avoiding so many of
the top teams a 2nd time, the records of average teams can be padded like South
Florida's. Let's get real. Just check out their pre-conference record and see
what they're about. I just saying that it's a clear indictment of the overrated
hype that the Big Least receives year end and year out. The Incessantly,
Yapping Talking-Heads continue to jabber mouthfuls of Gobbledygook about the
prowess of the Big Least as though it was still pre-21st century.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:12 pm

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

Again, the overrated Big Least will have the most teams simply because they have the largest

conference. With a 16 team coference, each team only faces 3 teams twice, which means several

of the best teams will only have to play a Syracuse or Marquette once while piling up

victories against the 6, 7 or 8 patsies that make up the remainder of the conference. South

Florida!? Pleeeeezzzzz! They're 12-6 in the regular season Big Least but they sucked royally

against non-conference foes prior to league play. This is another indication of how biased the

schedule is for so many teams piling up conference victories because of so many teams. What

happened to the Big Least last year as their top teams dropped like dominoes. And don't tell

me about Connecticut winning the NCAA championship. Nothing but pure luck and circumstance and

you know it. What a crappy and flukey year for the NCAA Basketball Tournament last season.

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:12 pm

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

Of course all of the anti-USF crowds likes to point out the offense but it's defense that wins games and is no fluke that most teams facing USF can't even gt o 50 points and ant beat a team averaging less than 60 points a game. There will be some higher rated fancy named team that will find out tat USZf is not a team you want to play right now.

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:04 pm

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

Alot better High School Teams playing better ball than South Florida  think your team needs to forget basketball 

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:39 pm

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

I guess I am still bitter with the NCAA Selection Committee that omitted Alabama last year.  The Tide seemed more deserving than this team.  Bama went 12 - 4 in the SEC and won 20 games and was overlooked because of no big non-conference wins.   So, I have a problem with writers promoting teams as "deserving" that have resumes no better than Bama's was last year.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:00 pm

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

I concur that the Bulls definitely aren't the prettiest to look at especially being ranked 164th in the nation in offensive scoring.  They don't have any player averaging double digits but they do have balanced scoring in that 7 players are averaging 7 points per game.  Oh and the defense is stout, ranking 7th in the nation.  Talk about pedestrian.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:53 am

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

USF should get a bid, and they have done enough.  The problem is that when they get announcers on national TV laughing at them like they were last night, it doesn't bode well.  They seemed to think it was quite funny when Anthony Collins was taken down by something between a horse collar tackle and a clothesline tackle and no foul was called, but seemed irritated that more fouls weren't called on USF.  They also said something during a break to the effect that "the best of the Big East definitely isn't on display here."   

USF wins with teamwork and excellent defense.   I think they have done enough, but it would be really good for them if they were to beat Notre Dame tonight.  A 12-6 record in the Big East should be more than enough to get a berth, but USF just isn't sexy enough for many.  Their only "star" on offense is a selfless freshman point guard who defers to his teammates most of the game and then takes over the scoring when he is needed at the end of the game.  

When nobody on your team averages in double figures, it's tough to assign a player the "job" of being the "face" of the team.  They don't even have a monster shot-blocker.  Ironically, this is exactly what team play is supposed to be all about, but it could hurt them on Sunday.

Will the committee do the right thing with USF?  We'll see. 

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:50 am

South Florida done enough to get NCAA bid

IMHO, I strongly believe the Bulls did just enough to receive an invite to the "Big Dance'.  20 wins coupled with 12 regular season Big East wins definitely punctuates their resume.

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