The 15th-ranked USF women’s basketball team has two opportunities this week — starting Tuesday evening — to make the 2020-21 season unprecedented for reasons beyond the masks and minimal audiences.
A victory in one of their two games this week against rival UCF (13-2, 11-1) gives the Bulls (14-2, 12-1) the American Athletic Conference regular-season conference title — and first league crown of any kind — in the program’s 49-year history.
A split gives USF the league title — by percentage points — by virtue of being awarded a forfeit win from a Jan. 17 game against Memphis that wasn’t played. USF also would get the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament starting Monday in Fort Worth, Texas.
USF, coming off a 67-49 loss Sunday to Houston, finished second in the AAC to Connecticut four times in the league’s previous seven years. The Huskies, who never lost a league game, now play in the Big East.
The Bulls have won four of five since returning from a one-month layoff due to coronavirus issues that forced a sequence of postponements or cancellations.