Another USF loss was a disappointment for coach Stan Heath, but the concern over senior guard Jesus Verdejo may be even more important.

Verdejo did not dress for the Bulls’ game today against No. 1 Connecticut because of Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis in his right foot. Heath said he wanted to save Verdejo for “the last stretch of the year.”

Dominique Jones had a respectable 14 points in USF’s  respectable 64-50 loss to No. 1 Connecticut Saturday, leaving the Bulls’ sophomore guard just one point shy of 1,000 in his career.

USF junior guard Chris Howard had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but as it’s been all year, poor shooting buried the Bulls in an upset effort. The Bulls finished with 32 percent shooting from the field.

7-foot-3 junior center Hasheem Thabeet led the Huskies with 21 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

South Florida will make a tough trip back to Tampa, and then go right back up to Seton Hall for Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates, which could make it much tougher for Verdejo to return. One thing that is almost certain to happen is that Jones will break the 1,000 point mark.

I’ve been wrong before …

We’ll see ….

-K.K.

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