South Florida Upsets No. 7 Georgetown At Home, 72-64

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Dominique Jones Introduces Himself To The World

In case you haven't noticed, South Florida (South Florida!) has now won four in a row, the last two against ranked teams. At 16-7, with wins over Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Virginia, I don't think it's too premature to talk about them as a possible NCAA Tournament team.

But the craiziest part about South Florida's run is that they're basically doing it as a one-man team. Dominique Jones, who didn't even make the all-Big East third team last year, is playing out of his mind. He's averaging 35 points per game in his last four games, all while averaging almost 37 minutes a game this season. Cover him with a single guy at your own peril. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Georgetown).

Leave it to Basketball Prospectus' John Gasaway to put this recent run in perspective.

The practice of referring to any team as "(Leading Scorer) and the (Team)" is not one I generally endorse, but certainly you could make a strong case for getting into the habit of saying "Dominique Jones and the South Florida Bulls." He's alwayson the floor (during the past four games he's played 98.8 percent of the available minutes) and the ball's always in his hands. Jones is respectable from outside, he dishes assists, minimizes turnovers, and he can finish in the paint. This is his team.

Maybe now South Florida can market their own team instead of everyone else's.

 

 

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Casual Hoya: Trap Game Blues For Georgetown

Was No. 7 Georgetown caught looking ahead to Saturday's big matchup with No. 2 Villanova? Is that part of the reasons they lost, at home, to South Florida? SB Nation's Casual Hoya thinks so, and there is plenty of blame to be passed around

Many scapegoats in this game. Greg Monroe picked up two fouls in 10 seconds, rendering him useless for 10 minutes while South Florida clawed their way back. Austin Freeman decided to turn into Fat Sophomore Austin Freeman for 18 minutes of the second half. Chris Wright scored in single digits and missed a 3 pointer with 3 minutes left that would have tied the game. The Hoyas are now 1-5 when Wright scores under 10 points. Don't be fooled by Monroe and Freeman's gaudy statistics, both of them played like garbage. Georgetown shot 11-22 from the foul line, including 3-7 from Monroe, 3-5 from Freeman and 2-4 from Wright.

But the strongest words are saved for the Georgetown students. Or the lack thereof. 

Now for the students. I made this abundantly clear in the game thread, but as fans of the #7 team in the country, you should be ashamed of yourselves. If we are going to be an elite team, we need an elite fanbase. For you to not show up to one of our last five home games is laughable. You are not a fan if you only show up for games against ranked teams, you are a front running douche bag. And the you I am referring to is every single student that has season tickets and couldn't take two hours out of a Wednesday night to support your college basketball team. It's not finals time, it's not midterm time, it's a random Wednesday night. I've been to college, it's not that hard. The reason these games turn into trap games is because not only the players are resting on their laurels, but the fans are as well.  

One loss to South Florida and they are turning on each other

Hopefully the fans, and the players, show up in time for Saturday's game with the Wildcats. 

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South Florida Upsets No. 7 Georgetown At Home, 72-64

For more on this Big East upset, visit our Georgetown blog, Casual Hoya

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dominique Jones continued to carry South Florida on his back with 29 points, as the Bulls knocked off a second ranked team in as many games with a 72-64 win against No. 7 Georgetown at the Verizon Center.

Jones added seven rebounds and netted 22 of his points in the second half, where South Florida outscored Georgetown 46-29 en route to the win.

Mike Mercer chipped in 12 points and six rebounds for the surging Bulls (15-7, 5-5 Big East), who are riding an impressive four-game win streak.

USF knocked off Providence and Seton Hall in overtime before defeating nationally-ranked Pittsburgh, 70-61, on Sunday.

Austin Freeman and Greg Monroe scored 21 points apiece in the loss. Monroe also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots but fouled out with 2:52 left in a two-point game.

Chris Wright checked in with eight points and six assists for the Hoyas (16-5, 6-4, who had won three of four and were coming off a resounding 89-77 thumping of fellow top-10 competitor Duke on Saturday.

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