USF hoops has 8 Big East games on ESPN networks
The NCAA Tournament success of USF men's basketball has the Bulls all over ESPN's programming radar, with eight Big East games scheduled for ESPN's family of networks, up considerably from just three last season.
The Bulls have at least one appearance on ESPN itself, with a Feb. 17 Sunday afternoon home game against Louisville set for broadcast there; the Bulls' Feb. 6 home game against Marquette is set for ESPN2. The Bulls' Jan. 17 game at Rutgers could be on ESPN or ESPN2, and five other games are lined up for ESPNU, including two home games: Providence on Feb. 13 and Connecticut on March 6.
The prominent TV play should help USF's recruiting efforts -- a year ago, on the way to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years, the Bulls had just two games on ESPN2 and one on ESPNU.
USF opens its Big East season with a tough one-two at home, with Syracuse on Jan. 6 and Villanova three days later. The Bulls never have more than two games in a row on the road or at home; USF's two games with Marquette come in a span of three games and eight days, in Milwaukee on Jan. 28 and in Tampa on Feb. 6.
Here's the full schedule: January -- 6, Syracuse; 9, Villanova; 12, at Louisville; 17, at Rutgers; 19, Georgetown; 23, at Seton Hall; 26, Notre Dame, 28, at Marquette. February -- 3, at Connecticut, 6, Marquette; 9, at Villanova; 13, Providence; 17, Louisville; 20, at St. John's; 27, at Pittsburgh. March -- 3, DePaul; 6, Connecticut; 9, at Cincinnati.