Tuesday, January 17, 2012

USF knocks Dickie V's Seton Hall out of top 25

In beating then 24th ranked Seton Hall last week, the University of South Florida men's basketball team might have impressed the planet's best known basketball guru.

Our own Dick Vitale is a graduate of Seton Hall and its 56-55 loss to USF knocked the Pirates out of the AP national rankings.

The Hall (15-3), as it is known up in New Jersey, was in the top 25 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Unfortunately the stay didn't last long and the Pirates didn't make it in this week's rankings.

But maybe this is more about USF, which appears to have its best basketball team since Stan Heath took over the program five years ago.

USF's tenacious defense held Seton Hall to its second lowest point total of the season, which is impressive considering the Pirates low of 49 came to undefeated top ranked Syracuse.

USF ranks second in the Big East Conference and 21st overall in scoring defense allowing 58.2 points per game.

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