USF, in conjunction with the American Athletic Conference, officially released their 16-game conference schedule on Thursday afternoon.
The Bulls will open conference by hosting Cincinnati at the Yuengling Center on Jan. 5 and will close the slate with one final regular season league showdown at UConn on Mar. 2.
The AAC Tournament will once again be held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut from Mar. 6-9.
USF women's hoops announces @American_WBB schedule. Eleven games broadcast nationally, including a Big Monday appearance, and home-and-home with UConn highlight conference slate. #HornsUp https://t.co/C4spSCyIcB pic.twitter.com/iUTG3FB2dH— USF W. Basketball (@USFWBB) September 19, 2019
“We are excited about this year’s conference schedule, but we can’t control who and when we play,” head coach Jose Fernandez said in the official press release. “We have always played UConn on the last night of the regular season and this year is no different, and we welcome that challenge again on a national stage. One thing that we can control is the months of November and December during the nonconference schedule because we choose those games. I think that there is no doubt that we have one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and that will prepare us for conference play.”
Fernandez may have been annoyed with ending the regular season at UConn again, or maybe by the fact that a home game against Tulane will be played on the day of Gasparilla (January 25). USF will have home-and-homes with Cincinnati, UConn, Temple, Tulane and War on I-4 rival UCF. They will play six opponents once, with Houston, ECU and SMU at home and Tulsa, Wichita State and Memphis on the road.
This completes the full 2019-20 schedule for a Bulls program that’s slated to bounce back after a season that was ravaged by injuries last winter. The slate includes a challenging non-conference schedule that includes the likes of Texas, Mississippi State, national runner-up Notre Dame and defending national champion Baylor.
USF will open the season at the Yuengling Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5 against Jacksonville.