USF hoops: Most improved in top six leagues
In terms of comparing wins last year to wins this season, no team in the six major conferences has made a bigger improvement than USF and Stan Heath, already with nine more wins than in 2008-09.
The Bulls have gone from 9-22 to their current 18-11, and of the other 72 teams in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 and SEC, only four can boast even half as big an overall improvement. Kentucky and Georgia Tech have seven more wins than they finished last year with, Oregon has six and Colorado five. No other major-conference programs have improved by more than four games.
In terms of conference wins, USF has gone from four to eight this season, and only three schools in the six major conferences have shown bigger improvements: Arkansas, Baylor and Georgia Tech have five more conference wins than a year ago. Seven other schools are four games better, as USF is.
In all of Division I basketball -- 320 teams in all -- there are six teams with better improvements in their overall record than USF's nine-game bump. Coastal Carolina has the biggest jump at 16 games, having gone from 11-20 to its current 27-5, with Loyola Marymount (13), Detroit (12), Maine (10), William & Mary (10) and Northern Colorado (10) as the only teams with 10 more wins now than in 2008-09. Three other programs (Murray State, Lafayette, Iona) join the Bulls with nine more wins than a year ago.
MAJOR CONFERENCES, BIGGEST IMPROVEMENTS
Team Total wins + Conf. wins +
USF +9 +4
Kentucky +7 +4
Ga. Tech +7 +5
Oregon +6 +4
Colorado +5 +4
Rutgers +4 +3
Vanderbilt +4 +4
Virginia +4 +1