Most college hoops coaches are happy to have one go-to guy on their roster. South Florida coach Stan Heath likes to think he has at least seven of them.
There are no stars in Heaths prosaic lineup, which features seven players who average between 6.8 and 9.6 points per game and none who score more than 10 a night. But the newly crowned Big East coach of the year has found a way to make his unconventional and often-unremarkable rotation work.
As a result, his 23-10 Bulls a perennial Big East hanger-on that had gone just 23-81 in conference play before this year have completed a long-awaited transformation and secured their first NCAA tournament berth since 1992 after the most impressive regular season in school history.
"History kind of shows that different teams have succeeded different ways," said Ron Anderson, Jr., who averages 7.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Bulls. "A lot of times nowadays people are more interested in the flashiness of a game or ...