No upset here: Bulls fall short at Villanova
USF's hopes for another road upset never came to fruition on Wednesday night, as the Bulls got within six points in the second half, only to see No. 7 Villanova pull away to an easy 74-49 win in The Pavilion.
The Bulls (16-11, 6-9) have arguably taken themselves out of contention for the NCAA Tournament by losing four of their last five games. Junior guard Dominique Jones struggled from the field again, going 2-for-10 on the way to a quiet 12 points. The Bulls committed 20 turnovers, and saw Villanova end the game on a 24-8 run.
The 25-point loss is USF's most lopsided margin in more than a year, going back to a 65-40 loss to Georgetown last season, and it's one point short of the most lopsided loss in Heath's three seasons. The 49 points are the least scored by USF since last year's regular-season finale against Rutgers, a 45-42 loss.
USF, which drops to 12th place in the Big East standings, returns home for a winnable home game Saturday against Providence (12-15, 4-11).