The USF men's basketball team is going dancing for the first time twenty years. Stan Heath and the Bulls had to wait until the last region was announced during selection Sunday, but it was worth it when the Bulls were awarded a berth in the NCAA Tournament, its first bid since 1992.
The Bulls finished the regular season 20-13, 12-6 in the Big East, and suffered a 57-53 overtime loss against Notre Dame in the Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinals, but did enough to impress the committee to earn a bid.
USF will face California (24-9) on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, and the winner of that match-up will head to the Midwest Region to play No. 3 seed Temple Friday night in Nahville, Tenn.
After being picked to finish 14th in the Coaches preseason poll, the Bulls impressive turnaround season contiues with the entry to the NCAA's.
Last week USF Head Coach Stan Heath was recently selected as the Big East's Coach of the Year after leading the Bulls to a 12-6 BIG EAST record and a tie for fourth place in the regular season. The 12-6 mark was the first winning record for the Bulls in their seven seasons in the BIG EAST and was a nine game improvement from last season's 3-15 mark, representing the third-biggest one-season improvement in the league's history.
The Bulls are led by the best defense in the Big East and dynamic freshman point guard Anthony Collins, who was named to the Big East All-Rookie