Creme: USF women in NCAA field, but 'not secure'
ESPN.com women's basketball "bracketologist" Charlie Creme said Saturday night he has USF in his projected field for the NCAA Tournament after Saturday's win against Rutgers, but as the second-to-last at-large berth in the field.
"I think there's still some jeopardy attached," Creme said. "They're the second-to-last team in the field. It's Creighton, then South Florida. I would say their chances are decent but not secure."
USF is 21-9, with a 9-7 record in the Big East and Saturday's win against Rutgers; they now have a 7-9 record against top-100 teams, but just two wins against top 50 opponents, having beaten ranked Louisville and Syracuse teams in a span of four days.
The Bulls face top-seeded Notre Dame today in the Big East quarterfinals -- a win there would certainly put the Bulls in the field, and USF took Notre Dame to overtime in Tampa in their regular-season meeting. USF's position on the bubble wouldn't be hurt by a loss to the No. 2 team in the nation.
Barring a win today, USF is likely left with a week of nervous scoreboard watching -- the Bulls want as little surprises as possible in other conference tournaments. In leagues that have one team worthy of an at-large bid, bubble teams like USF need to have that team win its conference tournament, thus only taking up an automatic bid and leaving another at-large for the bubble. For instance, USF needs Delaware to win the Colonial tournament, and Green Bay to win the Horizon.
Stetson's upset win in the Atlantic Sun championship means Florida Gulf Coast is now a bubble team, but Creme has them below the Bulls on the bubble -- USF won a head-to-head meeting this season. Stay tuned for updates throughout this week. ...