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USF men’s hoops to host UConn, Memphis, Wichita State in January

The Bulls’ 2019-20 American Athletic Conference slate was released Friday

The USF men’s basketball team, projected by many to contend for its first NCAA Tournament berth in seven years this season, begins American Athletic Conference play New Year’s Day at SMU.

The league released its composite 2019-20 schedule Friday morning, completing the Bulls’ slate for the upcoming season. All 18 of USF’s league games will be televised live, 13 on an ESPN platform (including ESPN3).

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“Our league has always been one of the top basketball conferences in the NCAA and this season will be no different,” USF coach Brian Gregory said in a school news release.

“We’re excited to have so many premier league games on national television and at the Yuengling Center. It’s also a huge benefit to our fans that we’ll have five weekend conference (home) games as well.”

As conference play goes, January appears the marquee month for Bulls season-ticket holders.

Three days after visiting SMU, the Bulls host Connecticut in their first weekend league home contest. That game, set for a 2 p.m. tipoff, will be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

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They also welcome Penny Hardaway and Memphis on Sunday, Jan. 12 (tipoff TBD, ESPN2), and host Wichita State on Jan. 21 (7 p.m., ESPNews).

UCF visits the Yuengling Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 (4 p.m., ESPNU). The Bulls travel to Orlando on Saturday, Jan. 18 (6 p.m., ESPNU).

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