What a win for the South Florida Bulls. To go into Louisville and knock off the ranked Cardinals is exactly what this team needed… a win on the road against a quality opponent. Believe it or not, South Florida is now 12-5 in the Big East, which in any other year would make this team an absolute lock. The unbalanced conference schedule had some people, including myself, skeptical. But no more. When the stakes were at their highest, the Bulls rose to the occasion and got the job done. I think at this point it would be very tough to keep this team out. With just one win the Big East tournament I’m positive the Bulls will be dancing.
Also on Wednesday night, another Big East team got a huge win. That would be Cincinnati at home over Marquette, who was threatening for a 2 seed. If there was any question before, there is no more. The Bearcats will be in the NCAA Tournament. This improves Cincinnati to a 7-6 record against the top 100, including big road wins over Georgetown, UConn and Pitt. That’s more than enough at this point to get them in. Cincinnati really came together after the ugly incident against Xavier, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the Bearcats will be a very dangerous team.
The A10 also took a hit on Wednesday as Saint Joe’s and Dayton both lost winnable games on the road. I had both of these teams out before Wednesday’s games, and they will stay there until further notice.
I’m also impressed with New Mexico’s massive rebound win over Air Force. They clearly got overconfident after dismantling UNLV and San Diego St. I think with greater focus the Lobos will certainly threaten for the second weekend in the big dance, with potential for even more.