USF women's hoops hosts No. 1 UConn
Huge night for USF women's basketball Tuesday, with top-ranked and undefeated Connecticut coming to town, the first time a No. 1 women's basketball team has played in the Sun Dome.
And while a victory would be enormous -- coach Jose Fernandez suggested Monday it would be perhaps the biggest win by any team in USF history -- it's also a measuring stick as the Bulls fix their sights on making their second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
I'm about two weeks late with this, but it's worth noting that the most recent projections from ESPN.com's Bracketology feature (yes, they're projecting the field three months early) have USF making the NCAA Tournament. They have the Bulls as a No. 10 seed, matching St. John's for the sixth-highest seed in the Big East -- UConn is a 1, Louisville a 3, Notre Dame 4, Rutgers 5, Pittsburgh 6 and DePaul 12. Analyst Charlie Creme has DePaul as one of the "last four in" for the tournament, with Marquette -- which has since beaten USF in Milwaukee -- among the "first four out" and Seton Hall among the "next four out." (For perspective, Florida State didn't make the cut in this model, while Florida is a No. 5 seed).
Those projections have eight Big East teams in the NCAA field, so the Bulls likely need a .500 record in league play, which would put them at 21-9 and awfully hard to leave out. The question I'll ask you: What will USF's final record be, and will the Bulls make the NCAAs?