Bulls basketball mania: What they're saying
It was a big headline when USF basketball had won just two Big East games in a row, and that was before the Bulls knocked off No. 17 Pittsburgh, and then the national buzz really picked up with Wednesday night's 72-64 win at No. 7 Georgetown.
So many holy-cow things to write about the Bulls' win -- highest ranked opponent USF has ever beaten, most Big East wins in a season. Try this one: The last time the Bulls got a road win against a ranked team? It was nearly 18 years ago, on Feb. 24, 1992, when the Bulls won at Tulane. Current freshman Shaun Noriega was a year and a half old. Since then, USF had been 0-26 on the road against ranked opponents.
Here's what folks are saying about the Bulls, red-hot guard Dominique Jones and their four-game winning streak ...
-- ESPN's Dick Vitale posted to his page at Twitter.com, writing "Another amazing game 4 D. Jones as USF beats Hoyas on road 4 4th in a row! Wow! Jones had 29 n now has 140 in last 4 W's!"
-- ESPN's Andy Katz tweeted on the Bulls as well: "South Florida's win at Georgetown one of the more impressive this season. Bulls are in play now with the current streak. Who had that?"
-- SI.com has USF leading its college basketball page, with a huge pic of Jones and the headline "Bulls- Eye" above. And even before USF's win at Georgetown, SI.com's Andy Glockner included USF in his "bubble watch" for the NCAA tourney, ahead of Seton Hall.
"(USF) warrants at least a one-week mention after upsetting Pitt for its third straight win," he writes. "Now the Bulls are on a three-game trip to Georgetown, Notre Dame and Marquette, so this could be over quickly. Hat tip to Dominique Jones, though. He's been a stud in league play."
-- Collegehoopsnet.com leads off its "Key Happenings" with a note titled "Break up the USF Bulls!" They astutely point out that one common thread in the Bulls' four wins has been a dramatic reduction in turnovers, with just eight against the Hoyas
"While they're going to have to deal with opponents fully aware of what they are capable of, this is a time to recognize how important this win is to the USF program," they write.
-- The Washington Post wrote that the Hoyas were "stunned," but Georgetown's Greg Monroe said he can't blame it on a hangover from routing Duke or looking ahead to a game against Villanova.
"I don't know exactly what happened tonight," he said. "We definitely weren't looking backwards (at Duke), and we definitely weren't looking forwards (to Villanova). As a team, we have to be more focused to win games like this."
-- Looking back on that '92 Tulane game -- funny, in that USF had won four straight when they beat the Green Wave, and the win made them 5-5 in conference, just like Wednesday's win.