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USF men to play FSU in December

The matchup will be part of the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise

The USF men will face FSU for the first time in five years in December when the teams clash in the annual Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein first reported earlier Friday the Noles-Bulls game is part of the Dec. 21 doubleheader that includes Florida facing Utah State at the BB&T Center.

FSU leads the all-time series 21-12, with the Bulls’ last victory a 68-67 triumph on Nov. 18, 2007.

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The matchup further fortifies USF’s non-conference slate that also features a Nov. 10 contest against Boston College at the Yuengling Center.

Additionally, USF faces 2018 Final Four qualifier Loyola-Chicago in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic on Nov. 25. The rest of the non-conference slate has yet to be unveiled.

The Bulls, who return nine of their 10 top scorers from last season’s 24-14 club, embark early next month on a Canadian tour during which they’ll play four games (three in Montreal, one in Quebec City).

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