Bulls Announce 2006 BIG EAST Schedule

Tampa, Fla. (September 7, 2006) – The University of South Florida men's basketball team has released the BIG EAST portion of its 2006-07 campaign, head coach Robert McCullum announced Thursday afternoon.

The non-conference slate is in the final stages of being completed and will be announced in the near future.

The Bulls will be tested right away when conference play opens in early January as the team travels to league powers Connecticut (Jan. 2) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 7). The Huskies pulled away in the closing minutes for a win over USF at the Sun Dome last season while the Panthers were one of two BIG EAST programs (Marquette) USF didn't face in 2005-06.

"The schedule overall is going to be extremely challenging once again," McCullum said. "As a USF fan, it's hard not to get excited about the BIG EAST season and the opponents it brings."

Following the tough opening-week action, USF will play five of its next seven conference outings at the Sun Dome. Louisville, which the Bulls will face twice in 2006-07, comes to town on Jan. 10 for the team's BIG EAST home opener and is followed by Cincinnati on Jan. 14.

After hitting the road for matchups with West Virginia (Jan. 17) and Notre Dame (Jan. 21), the Bulls begin a three-game homestand with Rutgers (Jan. 28). Also included in that time frame are Marquette (Jan. 28) and Notre Dame (Feb. 3). Both the Golden Eagles and the Fighting Irish will be making the trip to campus for the first time as fellow members of the BIG EAST.

The rest of the home schedule includes Syracuse (Feb. 14) for a Valentine's Day special, DePaul (Feb. 17) and Providence (Feb. 28).

The BIG EAST Conference Championship, held at Madison Square Garden, is scheduled for March 7-10.

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