USF to host UCF in Sun Dome basketball opener
TAMPA - The University of South Florida men's basketball team will return to campus and the renovated Sun Dome on Nov. 10, when it hosts the University of Central Florida in its season opener. The Bulls and Knights will face off in the front end of a home-and-home series that also includes a game in Orlando on Jan. 2, 2013. "What an exciting way to open a brand new building with a future Big East opponent in UCF," USF head coach Stan Heath said in a news release by the school. "This should be an exciting game that will feature great talent. We expect our fans to fill the seats and give us the energy to provide an electric and memorable season opener." The Bulls, who played at three different venues during the 2011-12 season while the Sun Dome was under renovation, capped off their most successful year in program history by reaching the third round of the NCAA tournament.USF matched the school record for wins in a season by going 22-14 and made it to its first NCAA tournament in 20 years. Heath was named the 2011-12 Big East Conference coach of the year. The Knights advanced to the first round of the NIT a year ago, finishing with a 22-11 record, and return a majority of their roster for the 2012-13 season. UCF is slated to join the Big East in all sports starting with the 2013-14 academic year. USF's full non-conference schedule will be released on a future date, along with game times.