The USF Bulls Men’s Basketball team advances to the next round of the NCAA tournament Friday in Nashville, Tenn.


From USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (March 14, 2012) – Coach Stan Heath’s USF Bulls basketball team rocked and rolled to a huge win in the Big Dance opener in Dayton, Ohio, trouncing California 65-54 in the play-in game for the right to face off against Temple Friday night.


USF Athletics Senior Writer Tom Zebold blogged throughout the game, reporting that the Bulls looked like seasoned tournament veterans, racing to a 36-13 half-time lead. Cal never challenged against a suffocating defense, and the game remained out of reach throughout the second half.


Heath, voted the Big East Coach of the Year, had his team prepared from the opening tap. USF led 8-0 in the opening minutes, and the Cal Bears were held scoreless for more than 5 minutes. The 13 first half points were the second fewest the Bulls have allowed in school history, Zebold reported in his blog.


USF President Judy Genshaft, in Dayton for the game, called it an "electric game." She told USF News: "We made history tonight. First NCAA playoff win ever!"


Check out all the action and Zebold’s blog here.


Take a peek at the special report page on the Bulls March Madness march.