You could sort of feel that something wasn't right as soon as it began raining on campus at about 4:30 yesterday. The first game of the USF Invitational Tournament between Florida Gulf Coast and Iona was set to kick off in half an hour, and just like every crappy movie scene before it, ominous dark clouds rolled in with distant rumbles of thunder. Not distant enough, though, because the officials decided to postpone game one until the lightning was a safe distance off. Turns out that game didn't even get started until about 9 PM, meaning the Bulls had to bide their time against South Carolina even longer. Sad recap after the jump.
Overall, Kiefer was pretty pleased with the way the Bulls played, and with relatively good reason. They controlled the ball, they took shots, and if not for the ball being extra slippery, they might have had a chance in extra time. But it doesn't work like that. USF was handed their first loss of the season by the third Conference USA team they've played this week. This won't cost USF its chances at the tournament. It probably won't even cost them a top-5 ranking. No one (except maybe North Carolina) was going to go undefeated this year. But one thing is certain: There is officially a curse on USF teams being nationally ranked #2 in anything.
This is why we can't have nice things.