American Athletic Conference Announces 2019-20 Hoop Home and Away Matchups

(Tampa, FL) The American Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday the home and away opponents for the 18-game men’s basketball conference slate for the 2019-20 season.

Conference teams will play seven of their 12 league foes twice and four opponents once each.

USF will play home and away games against War On I-4 rival UCF, UConn, ECU, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Wichita State. The Bulls will play Cincinnati and Tulsa only at the Yuengling Center and will only play Temple and Tulane on the road.

Game dates, tip times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

USF enters the 2019-20 season returning all five starters from a team that won the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) championship and set a single-season school record with 24 wins. In addition, USF featured the top turnaround in the NCAA by winning 14 more games than it did over the course of the 2017-18 season. Under the direction of third-year head coach Brian Gregory, USF brings backs 92.4 percent of its scoring, 94.6 percent of its rebounding and 90.3 percent of its minutes.

Guard Laquincy Rideau earned AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after pacing the league with 2.9 steals per game. Rideau registered 101 steals and finished the year with the fourth-most of any player in the NCAA and the most single-season steals in conference history.

Forward Alexis Yetna was tabbed the 2019 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year after finishing the season tops in the league in rebounding with 9.6 per game and pulling down a single-season league record 346 boards. Yetna also added 12.3 points per game and paced the conference with 15 double-doubles.

Fellow guard David Collins was also tabbed All-AAC Third Team after leading USF and ranking 12th in The American in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Collins poured in 587 points last season to finish with the ninth-most points scored in a single season in league history.

2019-20 Conference Home & Away Opponents: UCF, UConn, ECU, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Wichita State
2019-20 Conference Home Only: Cincinnati, Tulsa
2019-20 Conference Away Only: Temple, Tulane





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USF Bulls Add FAMU and Bethune-Cookman to Future Home Football Schedule

(Tampa, FL) USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced the addition of five home games to the Bulls’ future football schedules as USF inked agreements for three visits from Florida A&M and a pair of visits from Bethune-Cookman to Raymond James Stadium.

The addition of the home series with the in-state programs leaves USF with just two non-conference dates remaining to be filled through the 2027 season, with one date remaining to be filled in each of the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

“We are excited to add five home games vs. a pair of in-state programs and to be able to continue to build and highlight the great tradition of college football in the state of Florida,” Kelly said. “Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman both have deep traditions and passionate fan bases and we look forward to a great atmosphere in Raymond James Stadium for these games.”

The Bulls will renew the series with FAMU starting on Sept. 18, 2021 and the Rattlers will also visit Tampa on Sept. 23, 2023 and Sept. 18, 2027. USF leads the series with FAMU, 3-0, and posted a 51-3 victory in the last meeting in 2015.

The Bulls will meet Bethune-Cookman for the first time ever on Sept. 12, 2020 and the Wildcats will return to Tampa on Sept. 26, 2026.

Both programs will travel their notable marching bands to perform at the contests in Raymond James Stadium.

The Bulls have scheduled 17 non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next 10 seasons, including three-game series with Alabama, Florida and Miami, as well as home-and-home series vs. Boise State (2025 & 2027) and BYU (2019 & 2021). The 17 contests vs. Power 6 opponents are tied for the most among American Athletic Conference teams. The Bulls have at least one Power 6 non-conference opponent scheduled in each of the next 10 seasons and two or more in seven of those seasons.

Six future non-conference opponents can claim a national championship and the Bulls will be facing programs during that span that claim a total of 34 national championships. Six future non-conference opponents in the next 10 seasons rank among the top 25 all-time in Associated Press Top 25 Poll appearances.

The Bulls will play nine games vs. ACC opponents and six vs. SEC foes in the coming years. Future ACC opponents include Georgia Tech (2019), Louisville (2022, 2024 & 2026), Miami (2025, 2027 & 2028) and NC State (2021 & 2024). Future SEC opponents include dates vs. Alabama (2023, 2024 & 2026) and Florida (2022, 2023 & 2025). The Bulls will also face Big 12 opponent Texas (2020) and Big Ten foe Wisconsin (2019).

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