Bulls cruise to 87-48 win in basketball
Late in Saturday's USF win against St. Francis, I started to look up how many times USF had posted 30-point wins in the last few years. The Bulls, of course, let the Terriers go on a late 16-2 run and didn't win as impressively.
So tonight, as I'm getting ready to go out in El Paso, I see USF is up by 40 on Winston-Salem State -- big games from Kentrell Gransberry, the still-hot Amu Saaka and the fast-emerging Aaron Holmes -- and I figured I'd check again.
Thirty-point wins? Robert McCullum's teams had three in his four seasons. Seth Greenberg had seven in his seven seasons. Stan Heath now has two in his first season (and it's likely he'll finish this season with two). The 39-point margin is the most since a Greenberg team pummelled LIU-Brooklyn by 40 five years ago.
Five quick questions off the box score -- we'll have a story from Mike Camunas later:
-- How good can Saaka be in Big East play? He had 17 points in 22 minutes, resetting his career high for the second game in a row. This from a guy who barely played in the first 10 games.
-- How about USF's depth at point guard? Stan Heath likes to have two ballhandlers on the court at all times -- Chris Howard had just three assists tonight, while Dominique Jones had seven and Solomon Bozeman had eight -- those two combined for just three turnovers. Howard's going to be the guy, but it looks like he won't have to be the only guy.
-- How far has freshman Orane Chin fallen? Two games ago, he was a starter, and Saturday, he managed just 12 minutes in a 39-point win. Didn't so much as take a shot, managed one rebound and two turnovers. He needs to get his confidence -- and Heath's confidence in him -- back quickly.
-- Can you beat Holmes for scoring efficiency? The freshman has 35 points in his first 42 minutes as a Bull, after getting 20 points in 19 minutes off the bench Saturday. Sure, it's against Winston-Salem State, but he went 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, and that translates to more minutes in Big East games.
-- Can the Bulls be a strong rebounding team in the Big East? USF outrebounded Winston-Salem State 53-31 on Saturday -- Gransberry had 14 boards in 23 minutes and five other Bulls had at least four rebounds. Team record, incidentally, is 65 rebounds, against Long Island back in '95.
OK, more football coming later tonight. Talk hoops here for a while. Rutgers is Wednesday. ...