The Villanova Wildcats held a 16-point lead at halftime but fell to the South Florida Bulls, 70-69. USF took a 68-67 lead with 22 seconds left on an inbound foulup by Maalik Wayns that turned into an easy Anthony Crater layup. Wayns made up for it by drawing a foul and hitting both free throws, but Crater countered by racing coast-to-coast and concerting the winning drive.
USF wil get Cincinnati tomorrow at 7 pm ET. In one meeting this season, the Bearcats topped South Florida 74-66 in Cincy.
South Florida basketball has yet to take off, historically speaking, despite a string of winning seasons by Seth Greenberg's early 2000s teams and a 20-win 2010 by Stan Heath. They last made the NCAA Tournament in 1992. But tonight's comeback win, the biggest in Big East Tournament history, could be the start of a changing atmosphere around the program.
Or it could just be yet another Nova collapse.