South Florida will face off against The University of Ohio Bobcats in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. This match up is unusual, considering the #12 seeded Bulls are versing the #13 seeded Bobcats . The 12 Vs 13 contest has only occurred 5 times since the NCAA expansion in 1985.
The Ohio Bobcats are an automatic bid, who defeated the Akron Zips in the Mid-American Conference championship game. On Friday, the Bobcats trip to Nashville, Tennessee was extended, with an impressive upset win against #4 seed Michigan. The MAC champs shoot a touch over 43 % on the season and average 70.7 points per game. After the Bulls won their first ever tournament game against the California Golden Bears, they followed with a second, defeating the Temple Owls 58-44. The Bulls strength this season has been their stellar defense, which has allowed only 57.9 points per game. The Bulls key for a victory will be to stop Bobcats Guard D.J. Cooper, who averages 14.6 points and 4 boards a game. The Bulls on the other hand, are a more balanced team, who rely on many guys to contribute on the offensive end but have struggled at times.
Under the leadership of Anthony Collins, Augustus Gilchrist, and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, the Bulls will have a virtuous chance of winning. I believe the Bulls will be victorious with a 68-60 win.
Gametime: 7:10 PM
Location: Nashville, Tennessee