Freshman Anthony Collins scored 17 points to lead South Florida to a 56-47 victory over Villanova on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The sixth-seeded Bulls (20-12) lived up to their defensive reputation, holding their ninth straight opponent to less than 60 points. South Florida set the conference record this season by allowing just 56.9 points per game.
Victor Rudd Jr. added 13 points for South Florida, which will play third-seeded and 23rd-ranked Notre Dame in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Mouphtaou Yarou had 20 points for the 14th-seeded Wildcats (13-19), who finished one point above their lowest total for the season and who with 2 minutes to play were in jeopardy of breaking the Big East tournament record for fewest points in a game.
South Florida led 27-17 at halftime as Villanova went 5 for 25 from the field, including Maalik Wayns missing all eight shots, five from 3-point range. The Wildcats missed their fir...