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USF men’s basketball to open AAC on New Year’s Eve

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Published:   |   Updated: August 21, 2013 at 04:17 PM

TAMPA — It’s a new men’s basketball league, so the American Athletic Conference decided to debut by ringing in the New Year.

The 10-team American opens conference play with a New Year’s Eve triple-header on ESPN2, including Memphis traveling to South Florida at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Louisville heads to Central Florida at 5 p.m., and Connecticut visits Houston at 9.

The Bulls (12-19 last season in the Big East Conference) will have at least 23 games on national television. It has five Saturday league home games, including meetings with NCAA tournament teams Cincinnati (Jan. 18) and Temple (March 8), plus a Feb. 15 visit from UCF.

On Jan. 22, USF hosts defending national champion Louisville, which is possibly making its final visit to the Sun Dome before jumping to the ACC in 2014-15. USF has shared a conference with Louisville since the 1991-92 season.

The American will feature a double round-robin schedule, in which each team will twice face the league’s nine opponents home and away. It’s the first time USF men’s basketball will get home-and-home meetings against each of its league opponents since the 1994-95 season in the Metro Conference.

2013-14 USF Men’s Basketball Schedule

November

9 – Tennessee Tech, TBA.

12 – Bethune-Cookman, TBA

15 – at Bowling Green, TBA

22 – Stetson, TBA

25 – Oklahoma State, TBA, ESPN-News

30 – Detroit, TBA

December

4 – at George Mason, TBA

7 – Alabama, TBA, ESPNU

17 – Florida Gulf Coast, TBA, ESPNU

19 – Florida A&M, TBA

22 – at Las Vegas Classic (UNLV or Santa Clara), TBA

23 – at Las Vegas Classic (UNLV or Santa Clara), TBA

28 – at Bradley

31 – Memphis*, 7 p.m., ESPN2

January

4 – Houston*, TBA, CBSSN

9 – at Temple*, 7 p.m., ESPNU

15 – at SMU*, 7 p.m., ESPNU

18 – Cincinnati*, 5 p.m., ESPNU

22 – Louisville*, 7 p.m., ESPNU

26 – at Memphis*, 2 p.m., CBSSN

28 – SMU*, 7 p.m., ESPN-News

February

2 – at Cincinnati*, noon, ESPN-News

5 – at UCF*, 7 p.m., ESPN-News

8 – Rutgers*, 8 p.m., ESPN-News

12 – at Connecticut*, TBA, ESPN/ESPN2

15 – UCF*, 4:30 p.m., ESPN-News

18 – at Louisville*, 7 p.m., CBSSN

26 – Connecticut*, 7 p.m., CBSSN

March

1 – at Rutgers*, noon, ESPN-News

4 – at Houston*, 8:30 p.m., ESPN-News

8 – Temple*, 2 p.m., ESPN-News

12-15 – American Athletic Conference tournament (FedEx Forum, Memphis)

*--American Athletic Conference game

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