Temple win boosts Bulls' RPI
On the heels of their 55-51 victory at Temple, USF's women find themselves with a solid RPI and stable position in ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme's latest NCAA Tournament projections.
Sunday's triumph moved the 20th-ranked Bulls (17-3, 6-1 The American) to 24th -- an eight-spot jump -- in the RealTimeRPI.com women's standings. They're currently projected by Creme as a No. 8 seed in the Stockton, Calif., region, facing Virginia Tech in a first-rounder.
On Sunday, the Bulls finished with a 47-36 rebounding edge, held Temple to one field goal (in 11 attempts) in the second quarter, and escaped when the Owls missed three 3-point attempts on their final possession.
Since being publicly called out by Coach Jose Fernanded for their lack of physicality in a 14-point home loss to Louisville nine days ago, the Bulls have finished with a plus-11 rebound margin in each of their last two games.
"These guys were upset, they rose up to the challenge. They knew how we rebounded against Louisville was unacceptable," said Fernandez, whose team hosts Cincinnati on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
"The last two games we've had to get a defensive stop to win the basketball game, and they did that."