USF women to learn NCAA fate tonight
It has been a long week of waiting, but USF's women's basketball team will gather at 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome tonight -- fans are welcome to attend -- for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, where the Bulls are expected to earn just the second NCAA bid in the program's history.
A week of scoreboard watching has gone well for the Bulls, who went 21-10 in the regular season and 9-7 in the Big East, adding a win against Rutgers in the conference tournament. USF had an RPI of 52 entering the week, and none of the bid-stealing scenarios (like Delaware or Green Bay losing their tournaments) cost the Bulls any position on the NCAA bubble.
ESPN.com's Charlie Creme has USF as a No. 10 seed in his latest Bracketology projection -- though the Bulls would face 7th-seeded LSU in Baton Rouge in the opening round by his picks. It has been seven years -- and four more Women's NIT appearances -- since USF's only other NCAA appearance, so any draw will be embraced as great news by the Bulls.
We'll have coverage from tonight's watch party, and we'll have an update this afternoon after a 2 p.m. meeting with football coach Willie Taggart to talk about spring football, which opens on Wednesday. So stay tuned for updates thoughout the day. ...