NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - South Florida redshirt senior Ron Anderson Jr. is a bit of an aficionado of teams making unexpected runs deep into the NCAA tournament, and his personal favorite is VCU's streak to the Final Four last season.
Just don't ask the forward to compare his 12th-seeded Bulls to anyone else.
"It's kind of been our story the whole season that we're going to have to keep on battling through adversity and create our own name," Anderson said Saturday. "If we play great ball and make it to the Final Four, you want to make the comparisons, so be it. I think right now we're just enjoying this time and we really want ... USF to have its own name, really. Cinderella or no Cinderella if people want to call it that, we'll continue playing the same ball."
The Bulls started this season 7-7, and now one of the four teams to start the NCAA tournament early in Dayton will play its third game in five days Sunday night. A win would earn USF a trip to St. Louis on Friday against either top-seeded North Carolina or Creighton in the Midwest Regional semifinal.
Not bad for a program in only its third NCAA tournament and first since 1992.
Sophomore Victor Rudd Jr. said the Bulls' phones have been lighting up after the first two NCAA wins USF has ever notched: first Cincinnati in Dayton, then fifth-seeded Temple 58-44 on Friday night.
South Florida (22-13)
vs. Ohio (28-7),
Rudd has heard from people on Twitter, Facebook and even going back to elementary school. The Bulls (22-13) do not feel tired, either.
South Florida cannot pull out the underdog card Sunday night. No. 13 seed Ohio (28-7) has won five straight, including an upset of fourth-seeded Michigan 65-60 to overshadow the Bulls' own big win over Temple.