USF men shocked at home by Texas-Arlington

USF men shocked at home by Texas-Arlington

Certain wins in college basketball rate as resume builders. Certain loss rates such as CV errors. On the Hilltop Monday night, the Dons’ resume absorbed a particularly ugly blemish.

“You can’t look past somebody,” USF head coach Chris Gerlufsen said, “and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. But we have to respect the game and play the game the right way, approach the game the right way. It doesn’t matter who you play, where you play. Our effort and our approach has to be the same.”

USF (9-4) began Monday with a NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) rating of 85. Texas-Arlington (5-7) was at 296; of its four wins before Monday, only one — against Northern Kentucky — was over a Division I opponent.

The Dons were coming off a 75-73 win at UNLV on Saturday in which they scored the game’s final 11 points to hand the Rebels their first loss of the season. No. 25 Arizona State (11-1) comes to the Hilltop on Wednesday. It meant that the match with the Mavericks had all the features of a dreaded joint game.

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