On Thursday, the BIG EAST released the home and away conference opponents for the 2012-13 men's basketball season.
In 2012 the Bulls will host 10 NCAA tournament teams, hosting Louisville, a Final Four participant and five other NCAA Tournament teams, while facing four Tournament teams on the road.
Besides Louisville, USF will host in regular-season BIG EAST Champion and No. 1 seed Syracuse, No. 3 Marquette, No. 3 Georgetown, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 9 Connecticut. Also making trips to Tampa are Providence, DePaul and Villanova.
USF will play 18 conference games, playing 10 opponents once and four teams twice. The home and away match-ups for the Bulls are Louisville, Marquette, Connecticut and Villanova.
The Bulls face another tough road schedule with games against No. 3 Marquette, No. 4 Louisville, No. 6 Cincinnati and No. 9 Connecticut. Both Marquette and Cincinnati reached the Sweet 16 last season. Rutgers, St. John's and Villanova complete the Bulls road schedule.
The rest of the Bulls 2012-13 conference schedule is to be announced at a later date.