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3-point shot: USF making progress

1. If South Florida coach Stan Heath was still at Arkansas, he’d likely be feeling a lot of heat in an erratic start. Instead, he’s been allowed to develop and deal with injuries out of the spotlight. "It’s a lot different in Tampa than Arkansas in terms of the media and interest," Heath said. "That’s good and bad. We want to get to the point where there is interest." The Bulls didn’t have Anthony Collins for five games, Augustus Gilchrist for three and Jawanza Poland for 11. The latter two are the leading scorers. And that’s why the Bulls are a potential spoiler in the Big East after winning two in a row and nearly opening league play with a home win over UConn. The Bulls are at suddenly surging Notre Dame this week and then host Seton Hall to see if USF can be taken seriously this month.

2. Wake Forest followed up a home loss to Wofford by opening the ACC with a home win over Virginia Tech. Does this mean the long, slow climb from the bottom is finally beginning? "Winning is the only measure of success, that is the bottom line and we all know that," Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik said Sunday. "The only way to really get confidence is to feel success. This is a together, hard playing, unselfish team and those who follow us know that."

3. Clemson was awful early in the season but just rocked Florida State, once projected to be a top three ACC team, by 20. How did this happen? "We have more competitive practices as our freshmen are beginning to understand exactly what we must do to play well," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. Will this mean the Tigers are suddenly a tougher out or is it more of a reflection about how fall Florida State has fallen? Or both? To be continued in the next two weeks in the ACC.