South Florida is a lot of things:
Tough -- especially on defense.
Hard to watch -- especially on offense.
But are the Bulls an NCAA tournament team? No one is quite sure.
South Florida beat Villanova 56-47 in the second round of the Big East tournament on Wednesday night, tacking on yet another win in a record-setting season that may or may not be rewarded. Fortunately for USF, the committee does not judge on style points, or the turnover-plagued game played in the mud against Nova would automatically disqualify the Bulls.
It has been 20 years since the Bulls made their last (and the program's second) appearance in the NCAA tournament. But with Selection Sunday days away, the NCAA weather in Tampa remains cloudy with a chance of murky.