Who will Bulls face in Madison Square Garden?
Now that USF's men's basketball team has locked itself in as the No. 14 seed in next week's Big East tournament, who will the Bulls face in New York?
There's actually still four different teams USF could face -- Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Georgetown or St. John's. All four teams could finish with the No. 11 seed, and USF has lost to all four, all by at least 10 points. Of the four, USF arguably played best against Notre Dame, losing by 10 on the road, as opposed to losing by 15 at Seton Hall, 17 at St. John's and 25 at home against Georgetown.
There are four games that have a bearing on who USF will play -- tonight's Seton Hall-Louisville game, Friday's St. John's-Notre Dame game, and two Saturday games: Cincy-Seton Hall and DePaul-Georgetown. That leaves 16 different scenarios, and while only one would result in USF facing Georgetown, it's arguably the most likely: Seton Hall loses at Louisville and Cincinnati, Notre Dame wins at home against St. John's and Georgetown beats DePaul.
If USF's best chance is against Notre Dame, then Bulls fans need Louisville to win tonight, then St. John's to knock off Notre Dame on Friday night. If that happens, the Bulls will face the Irish on Tuesday.
By the way, USF leaves Friday for their regular-season finale at Rutgers, and they'll stay in New Jersey for an extra two nights before heading up to New York on Monday after practice to get ready for Tuesday's first-round game.
-- From the Where Are They Now Dept., former USF guard-forward Aaron Holmes, playing this season at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, ranks third in the state among junior college players in scoring at 21 points per game. Holmes earned first-team all-conference honors, as did USF recruit Quincy Hankins. Holmes will play for Tulane next season, with two years of eligibility there.
-- Looking at USF's spring football practice schedule, because of the Big East basketball tournament, I'll only see the Bulls once in the first two weeks. USF practices on Monday to Thursday of next week -- I'll see them Monday, then head up to New York -- then has the following week off for spring break and doesn't practice again until Tuesday, March 24, with the first scrimmage on Saturday, March 28.