With the USF SunDome undergoing renovation, our intrepid basketball reporter will follow the South Florida basketball team around the USF campus this season, as the team plays its games in different buildings across the campus. Check back after each home game for updates (hopefully).
Lakeland - USF used a swarming defense to corral Florida Southern College 73-43 in the lobby of the USF-Polytechnic Lakeland Technology Building.
"It's great getting to a regional campus," said coach Stan Heath. "The people here at USF-Lakeland, I mean, USF-Polytechnic, have been really great to us today."
The Bulls defense dominated, holding the Mocs to only 16 points on 18% shooting in the first half.
The narrowness of the lobby contributed to a defensive coaching chess match.
"We normally run a man-to-man defense, but this venue made that tough," said coach Stan Heath. "So we decided to go with a zone. Now, a lot of teams run a 2-3 zone, or a match-up zone, but not many teams have seen a 1-1-1-1-1 zone."
"It really clogged up the lane," said forward Augustus Gilchrist, who led the team with 15 points and a season-high six blocks. "And in a space this narrow, the lane is all there is."
"Our defense was really great today," added Heath. "I can't remember the last time we won by 30 points."
Gilchrist then reminded Heath that the Bulls defeated University of Tampa last week 75-43.
"Well, we always forget about the last game," Heath said. "The next game coming up is always the most important."
"That's coach for you," Gilchrist said.
USF-Polytechnic will re-locate in 2013 to a brand new campus designed by world famous architect Santiago Calatrava.
"We're moving to a new campus in a couple of years, so we know what the basketball team is going through," said USF-Polytechnic chancellor Marshall Goodman. "This has been a great showcase for USF-Lakeland, excuse me, USF-Polytechnic."
Notes: This was a home game of sorts for the Florida Southern Mocs, as the Florida Southern campus is located just a few miles up the road from the USF-Polytechnic campus. The Florida Southern campus was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is home to the largest collection of Wright's architecture in the world
"I know they got Santiago Calatrava designing their new campus up at USF-Lakeland, I mean, USF-Polywhatever," said Florida Southern senior guard Jay Hubble. "But Calatrava ain't got (expletive) on Frank Lloyd Wright. And you can quote me on that."