USF women's basketball disappointed by 6-seed, face Buffalo in first round

By Spectrum Sports Staff,
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:30 AM EDT

The NCAA women's tournament field was unveiled Monday night and head coach Jose Fernandez and the USF Bulls were hopeful that they would be hosting a first-round game at the Sun Dome.

That chance was quickly dashed, as the Bulls were one of the first teams unveiled on ESPN's selection show.  USF was given a 6-seed and will play in Tallahassee, despite having the 14th-best RPI in the nation.

"It looks like the tournament, for one reason or another, it's becoming regionalized.  And I think you're only hurting the student-athletes by doing that," Fernandez told reporters after the announcement.

USF purposefully raised the level of their non-conference schedule, and boast four wins over tournament qualifiers in the regular season - LSU, Ohio State, George Washington and Dayton.  Ohio State earned a 3-seed.

Three of the team's seven losses came to the No. 1 overall seed, Connecticut.  The Huskies destroyed most of their opponents this season, with a perfect 32-0 record, and their wins by an average of 36.9 points/game.  The Bulls were one of only four teams to lose by 16 points or less.

USF will face off with 11-seed Buffalo.  The Bulls from New York were the MAC runner-up to Central Michigan and enter the tournament with a 27-5 record.  It's Buffalo's second NCAA tournament appearance in program history, while USF will make their 6th appearance (program-best fourth straight).

If USF wins their first-round game, a likely matchup with 3-seed Florida State awaits.  The Seminoles lead the all-time series with the Bulls 22-12, but the two teams have not met since 2011.  The last USF win over Florida State came in November of 1999.