Rough road losses for USF men, women
If you're trying to distinguish Saturday's bad road loss for USF men's basketball and the bad road loss for USF women's basketball, just remember this: Stan Heath's men's team had 38 points; Andrea Smith had 35.
Heath's team continued to struggle in rebounding and shooting, and he benched top scorers Victor Rudd and Jawanza Poland the first 12 minutes in a lopsided 64-38 loss at No. 3 Louisville. The Bulls barely avoided the program's all-time low for points -- 36 in a loss to Marquette in 1997 -- and now must regroup for a key game Thursday at Rutgers, where they would fall to 0-4 in Big East play with a loss.
USF's women couldn't keep up at DePaul, falling behind by 17 at halftime, and while they lost 91-75, the Bulls at least had the consolation of Smith going off for a career high, including a ridiculous 19 straight USF points in a three-minute span (!) late in the game. Smith, who went for 33 in her last game, is heating up offensively, but the Bulls have to play better defense to keep in contention for an NCAA Tournament berth.