NCAA soccer: USF home tonight vs. Colgate
USF's men's soccer team puts its NCAA Tournament hopes on the line at 7:30 tonight, hosting a first-round game against Colgate at USF Soccer Stadium. Colgate's making its first NCAA appearance in 41 years, so the Bulls, as one of seven Big East teams in the field, need only avoid the prototypical first-round basketball upset -- think of this as a No. 5 seed and a No. 12 seed and call it November Nuttiness.
Win tonight, and the Bulls draw a second-round game at 14th-seeded Akron, the third-lowest of the tournament's seeded teams. What's more, USF assistant Ryan Anatol coached at Akron, so the Bulls can get an expert scouting report on the veteran players they'd be facing in the second round. USF's only won more than one game in the tournament once, in 1997, so there's the opportunity to make history, starting tonight. I'd be there, but I'm flying out to Pittsburgh for a noon kickoff Saturday.
(You're scared that I'm posting at 5:30 a.m., but I'm doing the silly get-up-early shopping thing, camped out outside a Staples waiting for a supercheap laptop for my wife. No worries.)