The Big East Conference announced league opponents and game sites for the 2010-11 University of South Florida's basketball season on Thursday.
For the fourth consecutive year since 2007-08, USF will play an 18-game conference regular season schedule, facing each of the 15 league opponents at least one time during the year. Additionally, USF will play three of those schools two times apiece. All 144 regular season conference games will again be televised, either by CBS Sports, the ESPN family of networks or ESPN Regional Television. The decisions regarding opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries, television contractual obligations and competitive balance.
The Bulls will play nine home games and nine away contests during league regular season competition. Home opponents at the USF Sun Dome will include DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse, and Villanova.
USF's three repeat opponents are DePaul, Pittsburgh and Providence.
The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 8-12 at New York's Madison Square Garden
Seven of the Bulls nine home opponents earned an NCAA Tournament bid in 2009-10, with BIG EAST Champion Syracuse, a No. 1 seed that made it to the Sweet 16 in 2010, No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Georgetown, No. 3 Pittsburgh, No. 6 Marquette, No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 9 Louisville.
USF goes on the road against last season's BIG EAST Tournament Champion West Virginia, who played in the 2010 Final Four, as well as No. 3 seed Pittsburgh , along with four teams that made the NIT, Cincinnati, Connecticut, St. John's and Seton Hall.
In 2009-10, the BIG EAST tied its own NCAA record by placing eight schools into the NCAA Championship. West Virginia advanced to the Final Four. It was the third time in the last five seasons that eight BIG EAST teams received NCAA bids.
The decisions regarding repeat opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries, television contractual obligations and competitive balance.
The full 2010-11 conference schedule will be announced at a later date. For the complete BIG EAST schedule matchups, check out www.bigeast.org.