FINAL SCORE: South Florida 65, Cal 54. Obviously nowhere near as close as the final score. The biggest USF lead was 32 points. Kamp finished with 19 points, Gutierrez had 11 points and six assists and Crabbe had 10 points and eight rebounds. Bears finish 24-10. USF (21-11) advances to play Temple on Friday in Nashville. I come home.
3:35 2nd H: USF leads 61-38. At least the Bears have topped the 37 points they scored against WSU back in 1988.
15:14 2nd H: No miracle comeback coming in the building where BYU rallied from 25 points down against Iona the night before. South Florida leads 45-20. Kamp doing all he can. Everyone else is powerless. Obviously, what everyone has been saying about the Pac-12 is true.
HALFTIME SCORE: South Florida 36, Cal 13. I suppose there is an NCAA rule requiring them to play the second half, but this is over. South Florida may start defending the Bears in the halftime locker room. USF shot 66.7 percent (16 for 24) in the half, including 4 for 7 from the 3-point line. Collins leads the way with 10 points. Cal is at 20.8 percent (5 for 24) and 0 for 6 from 3-pt. Crabbe is 0 for 6 and the three perimeter guys are a combined 1 for 10. Kamp has seven points. The rest of the team is 2 for 17. A season-low in the first half (duh!).
2:55 1st H: Not much to say. Cal is getting obliterated. It’s 33-13. Bears shootign 5 for 21. USF is 15 for 21.
7:41 1st H: USF leads 24-13. Even the Cal fight song sounds off — of course, it’s the Dayton band trying to play it. USF shooting 11 for 16 from the field. It helps than six are layups. Cal shooting 5 for 15. Kamp has seven points. Everyone else has combined for six. Not sure how much quicker Cal is going to get after the timeout.
11:53 1st H: USF took Collins out at the last timeout and it hasn’t mattered Reserve Toarlyn Fitzpatrick — at 6-8, 243 pounds — just hit a fallaway 3-pointer and it’s 18-5. The Bulls are shooting 80 percent from the field. Remember, this is a huge deficit against a team that plays the way USF does. A long climb back awaits the Bears. And now Collins has returned.
12:59 1st H: Cal is in trouble already. It’s 15-3 and the Bears cannot get a good shot. Worse yet, they cannot stop Anthony Collins. He has eight points and an assists. Just picked the ball clean from Crabbe and went in for a layup. Cal switched Cobbs onto him a couple possessions ago, and he immediately scored on a pullup jumper. Mike Montgomery is probably hoping the kid turns pro . . . at halftime.
15:58 1st H: USF leads 6-0. Another slow start for Bears. Cal has missed its first four shots and does not have an offensive rebound. Freshman PG Anthony Collins is going to be a problem for Cal. Gutierrez is on him so far, and he is VERY quick. Beat Gutierrez off the dribble and dished for a layup, then split two defenders and scored on a layup. Collins just got his first PF — could be the Bears’ best bet to deal with him.
LINEUPS: South Florida will star Ron Anderson Jr., Victor Rudd, Augustus Gilchrist, Anthony Collins and Hugh Robertson. Cal goes with Harper Kamp, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs.
NEWS FROM USC: Sophomore forward Garrett Jackson has been given permission to transfer, USC announced today.
GAME 1 IN DAYTON: Vermont beat Lamar 71-59 in the battle of No. 16 seeds here. If you didn’t get the chance to watch it, count yourself lucky.
NUMBERS: Exactly one opponent all season has shot 50 percent from the field against South Florida — that was Georgetown, which beat the Bulls 75-45 on Feb. 4. And the Hoyas shot 50 percent even. Since then, 10 straight foes have shot 39 percent or lower.
WELCOME: I’m here at the University of Dayton Arena at the end of another beautiful day in Ohio. It’s been shirt-sleeve weather for two days here, and the local folks have been just as accomodating. Time for some hoops. Cal vs. South Florida in a First Four battle for the No. 12 seed into the main bracket of the NCAA Midwest region. The winner gets No. 5 Temple on Friday in Nashville, Tenn.
Will be back with lineups.