NCAA Bracket 2012: How USF Basketball Got To March Madness

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Victor Rudd Jr. #2 of the South Florida Bulls drives to the basket against Scott Martin #14, Pat Connaughton #24 and Jack Cooley #45 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The South Florida Bulls put together a solid season in the Big East that earned them a spot in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. We take a look at the season that was.

The South Florida Bulls entered the 2011-12 season expecting to be a contender in their Big East conference. A preseason poll had them projected to finish third in the Big East, behind the West Virginia Hokies and the Pittsburgh Panthers.

In the end, the Bulls put together a solid season and finished sixth in a very stacked and competitive conference. They headed to the Big East Tournament with a 20-13 overall record, 12-6 in conference play.

In the 2012 Big East Tournament, USF received a bye to the second round and entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed. They defeated the Villanova Wildcats in their first tournament game by a final score of 56-47 to advance. The run for the Bulls came to an end in the Big East quarterfinals, as they dropped a tough 57-53 overtime loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Nevertheless, they still made the NCAA Tournament, facing Cal in the First Four for the right to face No. 5 Temple in the second round of the Midwest region.

For updates on the South Florida Bulls, check out Voodoo Five. Join our 2012 NCAA Bracket pool to compete against the best and brightest from around the network.

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