TAMPA- Stan Heath and University of South Florida men’s basketball team have announced the 2009-10 non-conference basketball schedule.
Entering his third year at the helm of the Bulls program, Heath and the Bulls are slated for 12 non-conference contests.
USF opens a season away from the Sun Dome for the first time in nearly a decade as the Bulls travel to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU on Nov. 13. The Bulls defeated the Mustangs to open the 2008-09 season at home last year.
The last time the Bulls opened the season away from home was the 2000-01 season when the Bulls defeated Davidson in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The Bulls open up their home schedule against Virginia on Nov. 16. USF will look to avenge a 77-75 loss to the Cavaliers from a season ago in Charlottesville. The game will be a part of double header with the women’s basketball team, who will face St. Peter’s.
The Bulls will begin a five-game homestand with in-state foe Florida Atlantic on Nov. 27. The homestand will continue with Hampton (Dec. 2), Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 5) and Central Michigan (Dec. 13).
The annual I-4 battle with Central Florida will take place on Dec. 15 to the Sun Dome, marking the last of home contest of the non-conference season. USF has split two meetings with the Knights under Coach Heath.
The Bulls will be one of eight teams participating in the 2009 ESPN Charleston Classic, to be held Nov. 19-22, at Carolina First Arena in Charleston, S.C. The field for the second annual Charleston Classic will include USF, LaSalle, Miami (Fla.), UNC Wilmington, Penn State, South Carolina and Tulane. Three of the teams in the field played in the 2008-09 NIT, including NIT champion Penn State, Miami and South Carolina.
USF will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule in Las Vegas as they will participate in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. The Bulls will take on San Francisco on Dec. 19 and San Diego on Dec. 20.
The BIG EAST schedule is yet to be announced but the Bulls know their opponents. USF will play Providence, Cincinnati and Notre Dame twice – one home and one away – in addition to hosting 2009 Final Four participant UConn and NCAA tourney teams Pitt and West Virginia.
Below is the complete slate of home and away opponents for the Bulls in conference play: