By: Nolan Krause
Special to GoUSFBulls.com
The University of South Florida looks to repeat last year’s second-round performance and come away with another tournament victory in front of its home crowd.
The Bulls will look to keep its post season alive as
they play host to 11th- seeded Tulsa (13-5-1) Sunday night at 6 p.m. at Corbett Stadium. The second
round of the NCAA Tournament will showcase two teams that have had entirely
different routes to arrive at this point.
The Golden Hurricane had a strong regular season, which rolled over into their conference play where they won the Conference USA championship. That conference title earned them a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament.
USF is coming off a season in which they didn't make
the BIG EAST Tournament, but were selected to the NCAA Tournament based on the
strength of their nonconference
schedule where they went 6-2-1 and finished the season ranked 25th in the RPI.
The two have already met once this season, in Oklahoma, where USF came away with a 2-1 victory, thanks in large part to a late goal from Lucas Baldin. Baldin buried a penalty kick in the 79th minute of that game to break a 1-1 tie. The Bulls were unbeaten and ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time.
The Bulls are coming off a first round
victory against Florida Gulf Coast Thursday night, a game that needed penalty
kicks to decide a winner after the game remained scoreless through two overtime
periods. The Bulls went a perfect five-for-five in penalty kicks, in route to
beating FGCU 5-3.
This will also be the second time in as many games in which the Tampa Bay Sports Commission will partner with USF Athletics to provide free general admission to the NCAA Tournament.
The game will also serve as a collection site for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission's Replay Tampa Bay program. Those who attend the game are encouraged to bring a new or gently used sporting good to Sunday's game, which will go to help local children in need.