Bulls garner national respect

The Bulls set a school record with 27 wins and were ranked in the AP top 25 for the first time in program history. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU

Barely a week removed from UConn’s 63-53 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s basketball championship, analysts are already releasing top-25 lists for the upcoming season.

Aptly named the “Way-too-early Top 25” for 2015-16 by ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme, the list features a projected list of the top teams in the nation, albeit seven months before the season tips off. 

USF was ranked 21st in the list, one spot ahead of LSU, which the Bulls defeated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March. 

After completing a season that broke or tied several school records including total wins, most points scored by an individual player in a season and a first-ever appearance in the AP top-25 poll, the Bulls have gained respect at the national level. 

Creme, who predicts  brackets for the Women’s NCAA Tournament, cited the return of Courtney Williams and Alisia Jenkins for their senior seasons, along with coach Jose Fernandez’s contract extension as key reasons why the Bulls should be nationally ranked. 


Baseball game postponed 


USF baseball’s game against Stetson was postponed Tuesday night due to inclement weather. 

Rain began to fall steadily at the USF Baseball Stadium and the game was called an hour before first pitch, which was slated for 6:30 p.m.

The two teams will instead match up tonight at 6:30, giving the Bulls one less day of rest before playing at Memphis on Friday.


Women’s tennis begins AAC Championship


The USF women’s tennis team will attempt to salvage a rough season in which it lost its head coach to NCAA violations and stumbled to a 4-14 record when it begins play in the AAC Championship today.

When former coach Agustin Moreno was fired Feb. 16 for hosting camps and scouting sessions impermissible by the NCAA, USF was 2-4 and coming off a win against Florida Gulf Coast University. 

The Bulls lost their next eight matches and never recovered. They only two more matches over the course of the regular season. 

One of those victories was a 4-3 defeat of UCF (12-6, 2-5) at home March 25. The 11th-seeded Bulls will get a rematch at 10 today when they play the sixth-seeded Knights at the Michael D. Case Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

The winner will play third-seeded Tulsa at 4 p.m. Thursday.