The reoccurring theme of Big East teams’ seasons mercifully coming to an end continues.
It took an overtime, but the South Florida Bulls‘ season game to an end yesterday in a game where the ball rarely made its way through the basket. The Seton Hall Pirates eventually beat South Florida 46-42, finally ending the disappointing season.
Despite coming into the season with some pretty lofty expectations, South Florida are leaving it in disgust. One year after making it to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the Bulls have ended this one with an overwhelming 19 losses. Nobody expected them to have a down year, but even the most negative of experts couldn’t even have predicted such a horrendous year for the Bulls.
While this isn’t a “lay the hammer down” type of situation that the DePaul Blue Demons are in, this season added more pieces to the puzzle than putting them together. I am not sure if experts overestimated this team’s worth, or if South Florida crumbled under the pressure of high expectations.
However, even with a season chalk-full of trouble and let-downs, South Florida does have plenty to hang its hats on for the future. According to many interweb recruiting sites, the Bulls have one of the better classes coming in next season, and possibly the best the program has ever seen. Plus, coach Stan Heath is a proven winner, and this season feels more like an abnormality than a trend.
With the Big East (America 12) looking complete different next year and South Florida having time to reboot, there is no telling what the future holds for the Bulls. The only thing that is for sure is that they need to put this season in their past as quickly as humanly possible.