USF and Notre Dame are set to tip off at 9 p.m. tonight on ESPN in a Big East Championship quarterfinal game. BullsCast's Seth Leavitt and voice of the Bulls Jim Lighthall preview tonight's game from historic Central Park.
The Bulls never trailed en route to a 56-47 victory over Villanova. It marked the third time USF defeated the Wildcats this season. With the win, the Bulls advanced to play Notre Dame at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
USF and Villanova are set to tip off tonight as the second game of the late session at Madison Square Garden. BullsCast has all the insider action with a special preview from radio voices Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas.
Thanks to their 12-6 league record which tied them for fourth in the BIG EAST, USF had a first-round bye, so they spent Tuesday working out at the New York Athletic Club prior to the day's big announcement. After practice, head coach Stan Heath went to Madison Square Garden to be honored as the league's Coach of the Year. BullsCast was with him every step of the way. Check out the behind-the-scenes access HERE.
USF head coach Stan Heath was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year by the league's head coaches on Tuesday. Heath led the Bulls to a 19-12 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the BIG EAST, which tied the Bulls for fourth place. It marked the best finish for USF since joining the conference. Heath is the second USF coach to earn league coach of the year honors as Bobby Paschal earned the Sun Belt award in 1990. This is also the second time Heath has been named the conference coach of the year after winning the award at Kent State in 2002.
Click here for GoUSFBulls.com's story on the prestigious honor.
Members of the USF Athletic Department joined BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto and other conference officials as they rang the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell to kick off the 2012 BIG EAST Championship on Monday. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard, Executive Associate Director of Athletics Bill McGillis and Senior Associate Director of Athletics Barry Clements served as USF's representatives at the prestigious event.
The Bulls earned a first-round bye at the BIG EAST Championship after finishing the regular season in a tie for fourth place. USF will start the tournament on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (ESPN), when they take on the winner of Tuesday's Rutgers-Villanova game (9 p.m., ESPNU).
Anthony Collins' monster freshman season has put him into elite company.
USF's star guard was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team on Sunday after finishing the regular season as the conference's top freshman in assists per game (5.3) and free throw percentage (85.7) while averaging eight points with 10 double-digit scoring nights. Collins is now one of seven players eligible for the Big East Rookie of the Year award that will be announced during the upcoming Big East tournament.
Collins' poise has been a pleasant surprise for the Bulls this season.
The Houston native missed the first five games of the season with an injury but ranks second on the team with 835 minutes played (32 per game). He's dished out 138 assists with just 88 turnovers while helping USF (19-12, 12-6) set program records for Big East victories this season.