After landing the No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the South Florida Bulles will be playing fellow 12 seed Cal in the First Four round in Dayton on Wednesday. The Bulls were on the bubble all week but ended up sneaking in and will have a chance to play their way into a first round matchup against Temple on Friday in Nashville
The Bulls finished the season 20-13 overall and 12-6 in the Big East, good enough for a first round bye in the Big East Conference Tournament. Stan Heath's club took care of business against Villanova in their first game at MSG - a win that likely pushed them into the tourney. They then fell to Notre Dame in overtime in their quarterfinal matchup
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As you would expect with another First Four team, the Cal Golden Bears had to sweat it out all week on the bubble. Mike Montgomery's club was 24-9 overall and finished second in the Pac 12 at 13-5. They were bounced out of the Pac 12 tourney by eventual champion Colorado in an 11-point semifinal loss in Los Angeles. Along with the automatic qualifying Buffaloes, they are the only Pac 12 teams in the dance. They are led by Allen Crabbe and Jorge Gutierrez on the wings, who both average double figures for Montgomery and will matchup well against the length of USF's backcourt.
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