Before we ultimately put a lid on the 2012-13 season, Play For The Garden is evaluating the year of each member of the Big East.
Team: South Florida Bulls
How did their season end: they did not make the postseason
Record: 12-19 overall / 3-15 in the Big East
Leading scorer: Victor Rudd with 12.3 PPG
Leading rebounder: Victor Rudd with 6.9 RPG
A year ago the South Florida Bulls went an unexpected 12-6 in the Big East and snuck into a First Four game of the NCAA Tournament. They not only won that game against California, but they also upset Temple in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ohio on the weekend.
The Bulls success a year ago was built on an extremely slow but efficient offense, and a really strong defense.
They attempted to replicate that successful formula this year, but with the loss of three senior starters – Augustus Gilchrist, Ron Anderson and Hugh Robertson – they struggled mightily.
South Florida went from having the 13th ranked defense on a per possession basis to 105th this year. And their mediocre offense from a year ago (153rd) got even more mediocre in the 2012-13 season (196th).
Anthony Collins continued to be one of the best distributing point guards in the Big East, but he did not improve his scoring output. Victor Rudd, who was primarily the lone aggressor on the team on the offensive end, also put together a nice collection of highlight reel dunks. Tuning in to a South Florida game usually meant you were hoping Rudd would do something awesome.
Final Grade: C-
South Florida was incredibly boring all year long. They were boring last year as well, but at least they were winning and almost all of their games were close. Collins and Rudd are a solid duo, but this team needs to get more talented offensively. Otherwise they will need to be the best defensive team in the country to be successful.