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USF men’s non-league slate includes at least three teams from 2019 NCAA tourney

In all, USF will play seven non-conference foes who reached postseason play last March
USF junior David Collins (0) is among five returning starters for the Bulls in the 2019-20 season. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
USF junior David Collins (0) is among five returning starters for the Bulls in the 2019-20 season. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 10, 2019
Updated Sep. 11, 2019

USF has released its complete 2019-20 non-conference men’s basketball schedule, heavy on neutral-site matchups against stiff ― if not marquee ― opposition. (See bottom).

The most prominent home games are a Nov. 10 contest against Boston College of the ACC; and a Nov. 21 matchup with Wofford, a No. 7 NCAA Tournament seed last season that fell to Kentucky, 62-56, in a Midwest Region second-rounder.

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The entire non-conference slate can be seen here. Seven of USF’s pre-January foes reached postseason play in ’19, including three who made the NCAA tourney.

By contrast, none of the Bulls’ non-conference opponents on their 2018-19 schedule reached the NCAAs the previous year.

“We put an emphasis on assembling a strong non-conference schedule this season and I believe we have accomplished that objective with this challenging slate of opponents,” said Bulls third-year coach Brian Gregory, who returns all five starters ― and nine of the 10 players in his normal rotation ― from last season’s 24-14 club.

“The totality of our non-conference schedule will be a tremendous challenge for us, but we return a veteran group that is hungry to build off the success of last season.”

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Arguably the slate’s most significant game is a Dec. 21 date with FSU in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, marking the first meeting between the Bulls and 'Noles since 2014.

USF also plays 2018 NCAA tourney Cinderella ― and Final Four qualifier ― Loyola Chicago on Nov. 25 in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic. It faces New Mexico State (another 2019 NCAA team) or Colorado State the following day.

Additionally, the Bulls play reigning Mountain West Tournament champion (and No. 8 NCAA seed) Utah State as part of the Battleground 2K19 at the Toyota Center in Houston on Dec. 18.

USF's 2019-2020 men's basketball non-conference schedule . [Tampa Bay Times]


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  3. Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) smashes into LSU Tigers safety John Battle (26) in the second quarter. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
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Florida Gators wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) catches the ball near the end zone in the third quarter in a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
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  6. USF wide receiver Randall St. Felix (84) and the Bulls have only one open date in the 2020 season. USF's complete 2020 schedule was finalized Tuesday.
  7. Former USF coach Charlie Strong (left), greeting Alabama coach Nick Saban at a 2017 summer football camp on the Bulls campus, reportedly has joined Saban's staff in an analyst role.
  8. Connecticut's Megan Walker, left, drives past USF's Shae Leverett during the second half of the Huskies' 67-47 triumph Sunday at the Yuengling Center. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
  9. Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma brings his team to the Yuengling Center for the final time as an American Athletic Conference member today.
  10. USF coach Brian Gregory, pacing the sideline during a January game at the Yuengling Center, watched his team score only 11 first-half points in Saturday's 56-48 loss to Tulsa. [OCTAVIO JONES | TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  11. USF interim coach Jess Moore watches her team from the dugout on the opening day of the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater.
  12. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens.