USF women could face South Carolina in November
Though a lot depends on bracketology, the USF women's basketball team could face reigning national champ South Carolina on Thanksgiving weekend.
In its extended back yard, no less.
The school confirmed Monday the Bulls -- who will seek their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth this season -- will join the Gamecocks, Notre Dame and others Nov. 24-26 in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Myers. The pairings will be announced at a later date.
That potential matchup with USC highlights what shapes up as the most daunting non-conference slate in Bulls women's history. USF faces 2012 national champ Baylor -- which has made four consecutive Elite Eights -- and '17 NCAA qualifier Michigan State on consecutive days (Dec. 20-21) at the New Orleans Shootout.
The home highlight is a Nov. 10 contest against LSU in a rematch of the Bulls' opening-round NCAA Tournament triumph in 2015. Ohio State, a Sweet 16 team last season, visits on Feb. 11.
Tipoff times and broadcast information will be announced in coming weeks.
USF women's 2017-18 non-conference schedule
Nov. 10 vs. LSU
Nov. 12 vs. Houston Baptist
Nov. 17 vs. Arkansas State
Nov. 20 vs. Butler
Nov. 24-26 at Gulf Coast Showcase, Fort Myers*
Dec. 2 at George Washington
Dec. 9 at Oklahoma
Dec. 15 vs. Southern
Dec. 17 at FIU
Dec. 20 vs. Baylor (in New Orleans)
Dec. 21 vs. Michigan State (in New Orleans)
Feb. 11 vs. Ohio State
*-USF is guaranteed three games, matchups TBA