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Ranking the American Athletic’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Once again, the bottom of the league scheduled like it has no interest in pushing the league toward more consistent recognition as a power conference.

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Ranking The Teams

For the second season in a row, the American Athletic Conference ranks seventh nationally in the four-year ranking. Houston’s resurgence under Kelvin Sampson sees the Cougars cracking the top 50 this season—the league’s fourth such team, alongside Cincinnati, Wichita State, and SMU. But there is the feeling that the American could be doing better, particularly considering the sixth-placed Pac-12’s struggles. And not just the bottom three teams, doormats of Tulane, East Carolina, and USF, are to blame. A trio of traditionally strong programs—UConn, Memphis, and Temple—have all encountered hard times of late. In the case of the Huskies and Tigers, recent coaching changes could eliminate some recent stagnancy, while the Owls will be going through a transition of their own over the next two seasons.

Four-Year Rankings

Team Team Score 4-Year Ranking 2017-18 Ranking
Team Team Score 4-Year Ranking 2017-18 Ranking
Cincinnati 11.175245 11 20
Wichita State 11.17234 12 10
SMU 8.624503 24 15
Houston 7.3615255 41 72
Temple 3.649721 86 94
UConn 3.3533136 92 55
Tulsa 3.128093 97 87
Memphis 2.5528663 104 79
UCF 2.14796 115 136
Tulane -1.4706773 194 235
East Carolina -3.222518 242 198
South Florida -4.8514915 285 267
Average 3.635073383 108.5833333 105.6666667
Conference Rank 7th of 32 (7th in 2017-18)

KenPom Gaps for 2018-19

Rank Team 2018-19 Four-Year Ranking 2018-19 KP Preseason Rank Gap
Rank Team 2018-19 Four-Year Ranking 2018-19 KP Preseason Rank Gap
48 UCF 115 70 45
141 Tulane 194 189 5
146 Temple 86 82 4
174 South Florida 285 287 -2
179 Memphis 104 107 -3
188 Houston 41 45 -4
212 UConn 92 102 -10
220 SMU 24 37 -13
236 Tulsa 97 114 -17
289 Cincinnati 11 44 -33
298 East Carolina 242 279 -37
325 Wichita State 12 72 -60

Based on KenPom’s preseason projections, the majority of the American’s teams aren’t expected to deviate too far from their four-year rankings, but there are some particularly notable exceptions. UCF, predicted to win the conference by many publications, is expected to outperform its recent history by 45 places. However, traditional powers Cincinnati and Wichita State are expected to drop down to a range of the rankings typically occupied by bubble teams.

Ranking The Schedules

In 2017-18, the American Athletic Conference had a trio of teams ranked among the top 20 in most non-conference scheduling categories with South Florida and East Carolina at the opposite end of the table—with the Pirates ranked dead last nationally. Well, for the second season in a row, ECU ranks 351st. But thanks to the addition of two teams transitioning into Division I, the Pirates don’t rank last in 2018. However, the honor remains in-conference, as USF has claimed last place for the new season.

Making matters worse, ECU and USF are just two of the five league members rank in the bottom 50 nationally. And with just three American squads in the top 100, and none ranked as high as last season’s top performers, the conference ranks at or near the bottom of each category below.

Schedule Rankings

Super Avg. Rank Team Known Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Average Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Maximum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Minimum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank
Super Avg. Rank Team Known Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Average Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Maximum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Minimum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank
44 Temple* 4.408608304 46 4.443514329 46 4.497390819 58 4.389637838 35
45 Wichita State** 4.281983765 51 4.67859322 38 5.914594367 20 3.322082754 85
91 Memphis** 2.430477886 134 3.420561608 94 4.918778231 45 2.206796691 138
175 Tulsa* 2.048252644 156 1.914115017 179 1.968475979 183 1.859754055 159
188 Cincinnati* 1.005283667 217 1.769365365 188 2.098715115 177 1.440015615 194
190 UConn* 1.031030336 215 1.718488225 191 1.843377288 191 1.593599163 180
249 UCF** -0.6187056 300 0.5191271781 261 1.580957 210 -0.03184658125 277
312 Tulane*** -0.8021402056 314 -0.7360718055 312 0.03280578333 287 -1.477499704 337
313 Houston -0.7365815115 310 -0.7365815115 313 -0.7365815115 317 -0.7365815115 307
337 SMU* -1.923445061 344 -1.410052617 338 -1.110340348 331 -1.709764885 341
351 East Carolina -3.811405958 351 -3.811405958 351 -3.811405958 351 -3.811405958 351
353 South Florida -4.344113731 353 -4.344113731 353 -4.344113731 353 -4.344113731 353
220.67 Average 0.2474370446 232.58 0.6187949433 222 1.071054419 210.25 0.2250561454 229.75
28/32 Conference Rank 32 of 32 30 of 32 28 of 32 32 of 32

Who Over- And Under-Scheduled?

And with so many American members not challenging themselves this season, it’s no wonder that 10 of the 12 teams under-scheduled this year, with the four worst offenders all potential at-large teams. Half of the conference under-scheduled by 100 or more spots, with Tulane just barely missing that cut-off. If the American wants to be considered more seriously as a power conference in basketball, discrepancies like these need to be addressed more seriously.

Scheduling Gaps

National Rank Team Four-Year Ranking Super Average Ranking Scheduling Gap
National Rank Team Four-Year Ranking Super Average Ranking Scheduling Gap
40 Memphis 104 91 13
81 Wichita State 12 45 -33
108 Temple 86 44 42
152 South Florida 285 351 -66
179 Tulsa 97 174 -77
223 UConn 92 189 -97
237 East Carolina 242 349 -107
249 Tulane 194 311 -117
270 UCF 115 248 -133
301 Cincinnati 11 187 -176
342 Houston 41 312 -271
350 SMU 24 335 -311
211 Average (27/32 conf.) 108.5833333 219.6666667 -111.0833333

Road And Non-D1 Games Scheduled

True Road Games Scheduled Road Games Scheduled Against Non-Power 7 Teams Non-D1 Opponents Scheduled
True Road Games Scheduled Road Games Scheduled Against Non-Power 7 Teams Non-D1 Opponents Scheduled
19 10 0

The 12 members of the American will play just 19 true non-conference road games this season, a decline of five from a season ago. Interestingly, however, more than half of those games will take place in the home arenas of non-Power 7 teams. In 2017-18, American members also played 10 non-power road games, but that was out of a total of 24.

For the second season in a row, not a single non-D1 team features on an American schedule, outside of exhibitions.

Non-Conference Games By League

Conference Games Scheduled Against Possible Tournament Games Against
Conference Games Scheduled Against Possible Tournament Games Against
A 10 11 3
C-USA 10 3
MEAC 9 0
SEC 8 3
Big 12 8 2
Sun Belt 8 2
SWAC 8 1
Southland 8 0
Big East 6 2
OVC 6 0
Summit 6 0
CAA 5 2
ACC 4 3
Pac-12 4 2
Atlantic Sun 4 1
Horizon 4 1
Ivy 4 0
MW 3 1
Patriot 3 0
WAC 3 0
MAAC 2 2
MAC 2 2
MVC 2 2
America East 2 0
SoCon 2 0
Big Ten 1 3
Big West 1 1
Big South 1 0
NEC 1 0
WCC 1 0
Big Sky 0 0
Non-D1 0 0

The only conference in the top three of this table that returns from last season is the MEAC, with the Atlantic 10 and Conference USA replacing the Southland and SEC. Considering that so many American members spent time in one of those two conferences, those scheduling decisions make sense. The Big Sky is the only Division I conference absent from league schedules this season—the OVC and WCC went missing a season ago.

The presence of five A 10 squads on Temple’s schedule alone accounts for much of that conference’s increase. In terms of individual schools, though, Lamar, Oklahoma State, and Oral Roberts are the most common opponents, appearing three times each.

Non-Conference Games By Quad

Opponent Strength Home Away Neutral Total Average Potential
Opponent Strength Home Away Neutral Total Average Potential
Quad 1 5 7 7 19 1.583333333 7
Quad 2 8 5 7 20 1.666666667 9
Quad 3 11 3 3 17 1.416666667 17
Quad 4 73 4 4 81 6.75 3
Non-D1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 97 19 21 137
Average 8.083333333 1.583333333 1.75 11.41666667
Percentage 0.7080291971 0.1386861314 0.1532846715
Q1 1-30 1-75 1-50
Q2 31-75 76-135 51-100
Q3 76-160 136-240 101-200
Q4 161-353 241-353 201-353

With the MEAC ranking among the top three conferences scheduled and the Southland and SWAC in the top 10, it’s no surprise that Quad 4 games dominate American home non-conference schedules this year. Still, the conference has 13 Quad 1 or 2 home games (using the four-year ranking as the guide) with 12 such games on the road. But American Athletic squads will have plenty of opportunities to bolster their profiles in neutral-site contests, particularly in exempt events. There are 14 set neutral-site matchups against teams in the top 100 and another 16 potential ones in the later rounds of tournament play.

Team-By-Team Breakdown

Teams are listed in order of their Super Average Schedule Ranking. The number in front of an opponent name is its Four-Year Ranking. Logos via SportsLogos.net, except for Tulane (TulaneGreenWave.com).

44. Temple Owls

*Exempt Event: GotPrint.com Legends Classic

True Home Games (6) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (1-2) Semi-Road Games (1-2) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (6) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (1-2) Semi-Road Games (1-2) True Road Games (3)
166. La Salle 60. Davidson # 67. VCU* 93. St. John's 98. Missouri
288. Detroit Mercy* # - Atlantic City, N.J. 101. California (or California)* 111. Saint Joseph's
57. Georgia (or St. John's)* 263. Drexel ! 1. Villanova
304. Loyola (Md.)* ! - The Palestra
175. UMass
178. Penn

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (Tem) 3 wins (Saint Joseph’s, Drexel, @Penn) and 3 losses (@La Salle, Villanova, @Georgia)

This season will be Philadelphia legend Fran Dunphy’s final one on the Owls’ bench, with Temple legend (and current assistant) Aaron McKie set to take over as head coach after this season. Dunphy will hope his last campaign goes better than Temple’s inconsistent 2017-18 season—which started with high hopes after wins over Old Dominion and eventual NCAA teams Auburn and Clemson to claim the Charleston Classic title and ended with a 17-16 record after a first round NIT loss to Penn State. And more frustration could be in the cards with this schedule, which features the usual Big Five suspects, a Legends Classic semifinal reunion with former A 10 rival VCU, a pair of SEC games (at Missouri, Georgia in Philly), and a matchup against 2018 A 10 tournament champs Davidson in Atlantic City.

45. Wichita State Shockers

*Exempt Event: Charleston Classic

True Home Games (5) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (4) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (1)
True Home Games (5) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (4) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (1)
123. Louisiana Tech 297. Southern Miss ! 50. Providence # 27. Oklahoma $ 67. VCU
250. Rice ! - InTrust Bank Arena 60. Davidson* $ - Oklahoma City
15. Baylor 8. Purdue or
195. Jacksonville State 255. Appalachian State*
223. Oral Roberts 49. Virginia Tech/
55. Alabama/
116. Northeastern/
172. Ball State*
# - Annapolis, Md.

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (WSU) 1 win (@Baylor) and 1 loss (Oklahoma)

While the Shockers immediately contended for the conference title upon their arrival, they didn’t quite live up to the ample preseason expectations surrounding them, with the NCAA First Round exit to Marshall resulting with the season ending with a thud. Gregg Marshall’s team is expected to take a step back in 2018-19, but lower expectations might not be a bad thing for Wichita State. Still, this schedule will force the younger Shockers to grow up fast, as they’ll play Providence and a trio of talented teams in the Charleston Classic right off the bat. Later in the fall, Baylor will visit Koch Arena, aiming to avenge last season’s loss in Waco, while the Shockers will try to knock off Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and VCU in Richmond.

91. Memphis Tigers

*Exempt Event: AdvoCare Invitational

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3-4) Semi-Road Games (0-1) True Road Games (1)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3-4) Semi-Road Games (0-1) True Road Games (1)
230. Tennessee Tech 38. Oklahoma State* 26. Florida State 80. LSU*
136. Yale 1. Villanova or (or LSU/UAB/
94. South Dakota State 165. Canisius* College of Charleston)*
135. UAB 80. LSU/
42. Tennessee 117. College of Charleston/
222. Little Rock 135. UAB
197. Tennessee State (or Florida State)*
350. Florida A&M 30. Texas Tech #
# - Miami

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (UM) 1 win (Little Rock) and 2 losses (@UAB, LSU)

While the Tigers won 21 games last season, the program never felt stable with Tubby Smith making his frustrations known constantly. Now he’s at his alma mater, High Point, and to replace him, Memphis turned to one of its own favored sons, legendary player and talented high school coach Penny Hardaway. And there’s an air of familiarity to his first Tiger schedule, which features a trio of in-state opponents, including a visit from a Tennessee squad that could win the SEC, and the potential of two meetings with either LSU or UAB, a pair of scheduled opponents Memphis could meet on day three of the Advocare Invitational.

175. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

*Exempt Event: Continental Tire Las Vegas Holiday Invitational

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (2)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (2)
333. Alcorn State 61. Nevada* 36. Utah
338. South Carolina State 150. Southern Illinois or 223. Oral Roberts
(Transitional) Cal Baptist* 175. UMass*
222. Little Rock* 77. Dayton #
102. UT Arlington # - Uncasville, Conn.
38. Oklahoma State
39. Kansas State
269. New Orleans

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (Tuls) 2 wins (Oral Roberts, Kansas State (N)) and 1 loss (@Oklahoma State)

While Frank Haith’s 2017-18 Golden Hurricane was unable to earn a surprise NCAA bid for the second time in three years, it did manage to get back over .500 after a 15-17 2016-17 campaign. Tulsa managed 19 wins despite an indifferent 7-5 non-conference record, that featured losses to Lamar and Illinois State (twice) along with a 1-2 mark against Big 12 foes. This time around, the Golden Hurricane welcome both Oklahoma State and Kansas State to Tulsa, while they hit the road for matchups with Utah and neighbors Oral Roberts. Tulsa also goes to Vegas to take on Nevada in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational. But at least the second game of that tournament looks to be winnable, as does the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase game in Connecticut against Dayton.

188. Cincinnati Bearcats

*Exempt Event: Emerald Coast Classic

True Home Games (9) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (2)
True Home Games (9) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (2)
35. Ohio State 185. George Mason* 143. UNLV
248. N.C. Central* 15. Baylor or 73. Mississippi State
201. Milwaukee 75. Ole Miss*
170. Western Michigan*
344. Arkansas Pine Bluff
153. Northern Kentucky
18. Xavier
31. UCLA
338. South Carolina State

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (UC) 3 wins (Mississippi State, @UCLA, Arkansas Pine Bluff) and 1 loss (@Xavier)

Playing at Northern Kentucky last season while Fifth Third Arena was renovated, Cincinnati claimed both American Athletic championships and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAAs, but an epic collapse against Nevada in the tournament’s second round left Mick Cronin’s Bearcats with a sour taste in their mouths. But Cincy returns home this year with the opportunity to reach similar heights. That’s thanks to three marquee home non-conference games—Ohio State to open the Bearcats’ new digs and Crosstown Classic rival Xavier and UCLA later on—along with a winnable Emerald Coast Classic and a pair of intriguing road games, against improving UNLV and SEC at-large threat Mississippi State.

190. UConn Huskies

*Exempt Event: 2K Empire Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project

True Home Games (9) Semi-Home Games (2) True Neutral-Site Games (2)
True Home Games (9) Semi-Home Games (2) True Neutral-Site Games (2)
213. Morehead State* 25. Oregon or 46. Syracuse*
268. UMKC* 56. Iowa* 1. Villanova $
273. Cornell 26. Florida State # $ - New York
239. New Hampshire # - Newark, N.J.
307. UMass Lowell
13. Arizona
312. Lafayette
244. Manhattan
263. Drexel

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (UConn) 1 win (Oregon (N)) and 2 losses (Syracuse (N), @Arizona)

After following up 2016’s NCAA Tournament appearance with just 30 total wins over the next two seasons, UConn fired Kevin Ollie, asking former Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley to start rebuilding the Husky program to former glories. And yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, UConn will travel no further than Newark before conference play begins. But that doesn’t mean things will be easy for the Huskies, as they’ll take on defending national champion Villanova, rival Syracuse, Florida State, and either Oregon or Iowa in the New York area, with Arizona visiting the Nutmeg State, spicing up an otherwise weak home schedule.

249. UCF Knights

*Exempt Event: Myrtle Beach Invitational

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (1)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (1)
177. Rider 225. Cal State Fullerton* 98. Missouri
278. FAU 69. Wake Forest or
153. Northern Kentucky 111. Saint Joseph's*
55. Alabama 9. West Virginia/
336. Grambling State 90. Valparaiso/
162. Georgia Southern 120. Monmouth/
319. Stetson 127. WKU*
87. Illinois State

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (UCF) 2 wins (@Alabama, @Stetson) and 2 losses (West Virginia (N), Missouri)

The Knights managed to beat both Nebraska and Alabama in non-conference play, but thanks to Tacko Fall’s midseason injury, UCF couldn’t contend for an at-large—with its 19 wins falling five short of matching the total accumulated in Johnny Dawkins’ first season in charge. But with just one true road game—another shot at taking out Missouri after last November’s three-point home loss, visits from Bama and MVC title threat Illinois State, and three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, UCF might find itself ready to challenge for the conference title for sure this time around. Provided everyone stays healthy.

312. Tulane Green Wave

*Exempt Event: Gulf Coast Showcase

True Home Games (6) True Neutral-Site Games (3-5) Semi-Road Games (0-2) True Road Games (1)
True Home Games (6) True Neutral-Site Games (3-5) Semi-Road Games (0-2) True Road Games (1)
262. FIU 94. South Dakota State* 138. FGCU 249. South Alabama
26. Florida State 119. UC Irvine or (or Louisiana/
110. Georgia State 245. UTSA* Toledo/
252. Southeastern Louisiana 96. Louisiana/ Colorado State)*
254. UT Martin 114. Toledo/ 166. La Salle
311. Prairie View A&M 146. Colorado State (or Alabama A&M) #
(or FGCU)* # - Atlantic City
152. Towson #
351. Alabama A&M
(or La Salle) #
# - Atlantic City

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (Tuln) 2 wins (Southeastern Louisiana, South Alabama) and 2 losses (@Georgia State, Florida State (N))

Mike Dunleavy’s Green Wave saw their win total more than double between seasons one and two—from six to 14—with a strong 9-3 non-conference performance largely responsible for that rise. While Tulane will play just one true road game this fall—at South Alabama, expecting the squad to improve its non-conference win total might be completely unreasonable, even with this schedule ranking in the bottom 50 nationally. That’s thanks not only to a visit from a Florida State squad that’s coming off an Elite Eight appearance, but also because of the Green Wave’s participation in a pair of tournaments. Not only will Tulane travel to Atlantic City for the first-ever Battle at the Boardwalk in December, but they’ll be the third American Athletic member to play in the mid-major-focused Gulf Coast Showcase in five seasons. And I suspect the Green Wave will come closer to matching East Carolina’s sixth-place finish from 2014 rather than Houston’s 2016 tournament win.

313. Houston Cougars

*Exempt Event: Men Against Breast Cancer Cup

True Home Games (11) True Road Games (2)
True Home Games (11) True Road Games (2)
351. Alabama A&M* 58. BYU*
250. Rice* 38. Oklahoma State
332. Northwestern State*
318. UT Rio Grande Valley
25. Oregon
258. Lamar
80. LSU
210. Saint Louis
133. Utah State
347. Coppin State
261. NJIT

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (UH) 1 win (@Saint Louis) and 1 loss (@LSU)

In the second game of the Cougars’ 2017-18 season, they lost to Drexel in the quarterfinals of the relocated Paradise Jam at Liberty, an inauspicious start for a team that ended up winning 27, reached the American Athletic Tournament final, and ultimately fell to Michigan in the second round of the NCAAs, thanks only to a Jordan Poole buzzer-beater. This time around, Kelvin Sampson’s club will start its season against a home-heavy schedule that’s a bit more challenging than it is at first glance. The two road games—BYU (as part of an exempt event) and Oklahoma State—aren’t gimmes. Plus, there are three tricky games hidden in a home slate dominated by cupcakes—Pac-12 favorite Oregon, SEC contender LSU, and A 10 title threat Saint Louis.

337. SMU Mustangs

*Exempt Event: Cancun Challenge (Riviera Division)

True Home Games (9) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (1)
True Home Games (9) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (1)
332. Northwestern State 205. Bradley* 68. Georgetown
297. Southern Miss* 65. Penn State or
296. Western Carolina* 156. Wright State*
193. Lipscomb
258. Lamar
315. McNeese State
223. Oral Roberts
45. TCU
273. Cornell

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (SMU) 1 win (Northwestern State) and 1 loss (@TCU)

Thanks in no small part to injuries, Tim Jankovich’s Mustangs saw a promising 12-3 start turn into a 17-16 finish. And this slate, yet another featuring plenty of home games, is designed to get SMU back on track quickly. Metroplex rival TCU is the most dangerous team visiting Moody Coliseum this year, with ASUN favorite Lipscomb coming in second, while neither the road trip to Georgetown or a Cancun Challenge that features Big Ten question mark Penn State and Horizon champ Wright State should be too daunting of a task.

351. East Carolina Pirates

*Exempt Event: Deep South Showcase

True Home Games (9) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (9) True Road Games (3)
348. Delaware State 85. Georgia Tech*
192. James Madison 139. UNCW
258. Lamar* 266. Charlotte
318. UT Rio Grande Valley*
311. Prairie View A&M*
221. High Point
255. Appalachian State
339. Maryland-Eastern Shore
342. N.C. A&T

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (ECU) 2 wins (UNCW, Delaware State) and 2 losses (North Carolina A&T, Charlotte)

Former Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley returned to Greenville, 19 years after the program he led to a 57-52 record over four seasons fired him. His first challenge will be to improve upon the 10-20 mark the Pirates posted during a 2017-18 campaign that saw Jeff Lebo depart part of the way through. And with this extremely soft non-conference schedule, the third-worst in the country, which features 10 teams ranked in the bottom half of Division I, Dooley’s squad could equal last season’s win total before American play tips off.

353. South Florida Bulls

*Exempt Event: Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic

True Home Games (9) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (2)
True Home Games (9) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (2)
351. Alabama A&M 159. Ohio* 266. Charlotte*
247. Austin Peay* 68. Georgetown* 262. FIU*
350. Florida A&M*
316. The Citadel
319. Stetson
240. Colgate*
255. Appalachian State*
333. Alcorn State
293. Fairleigh Dickinson

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: (USF) 2 wins (@Stetson, Charlotte) and 2 losses (@Appalachian State, FIU)

Brian Gregory’s first Bulls squad went 10-22, a three-win improvement over USF’s tumultuous 2016-17 campaign, but a long way from where the program wants to be. Thanks to the nation’s worst non-conference slate, which features just two teams ranked in the top 200 of the four-year rankings—and five teams from the bottom 50, including the two worst teams in the nation, South Florida should improve upon its 7-6 non-league mark of 2017-18.

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