Famous MRI fine, should play vs. St. John's
Lots of basketball notes to get to after interviews Thursday afternoon, but I'll start with an update on junior center Jarrid Famous, who sat out Tuesday's win against Cincinnati after injuring his knee in Monday's practice. A magnetic resonance imaging exam showed no extensive damage, and coach Stan Heath expects him to be ready to play Saturday at home against St. John's.
"He's planning on practicing today. Not sure how much contact he'll do, what we want to see how he runs up and down," Heath said. "We fully expect him to go full-go (Friday) and should be ready to go for St. John's."
-- SI.com's Seth Davis got a USF question in his mailbag Wednesday -- he writes that 20 wins might not be enough to assure the Bulls of a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Seems like 21 is the magic number of choice right now -- that allows the Bulls a 4-1 finish and one win in the Big East tournament, or 3-2 and two wins ...
-- We told you Wednesday that there were 30 games in 18 days with an impact on the bubble teams in the Big East, and you could argue that last night's three games all went ideally for USF. Louisville needed two overtimes but outlasted Notre Dame, which has dropped seven of its last 10 and three straight without star Luke Harangody. With each Notre Dame loss, it looks worse that USF was swept by the Fighting Irish, but its most important for the Bulls that Notre Dame not be in consideration for an NCAA bid.
Conversely, USF wants Seton Hall to play well, so the Bulls' win against the Pirates carries more weight, so it's a good thing for Bulls fans that Seton Hall beat St. John's. West Virginia's win against Providence doesn't mean much, with the Mountaineers surely in for the NCAAs and Providence out.
Tonight brings two more games -- if Georgetown can get a home win against Syracuse, it makes USF's win against the Hoyas all the more impressive. Much the same way, Bulls fans have two reasons to pull for Pittsburgh against Marquette -- making the Pitt win look better and dropping Marquette a notch lower in that mid-conference logjam.