Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; NCAA president Mark Emmert presents the national championship trophy to Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 in the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

American Athletic Conference releases their 2013-14 basketball schedule

The brand new American Athletics Conference has released their basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.

The season kicks off on New Year’s Eve with a matchup between the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals and one of the conference’s newcomers, the Central Florida Golden Knights, at 5:00 pm EST. Another new team, the Memphis Tigers, will take on the South Florida Bulls at 7:00 pm EST while the Connecticut Huskies will square off with the Houston Cougars at 9:00 pm EST.

The remaining teams in the AAC for the 2013-14 season are the Cincinnati Bearcats, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, SMU Mustangs and Temple Owls.

Earlier on Wednesday it was announced the AAC struck a deal with the CBS Sports Network to broadcast both football and basketball games.

“We have one of the best men’s basketball conferences in the nation, and that is reflected in the outstanding exposure our teams will receive on national television through our partnerships with ESPN and CBS Sports,” said AAC commissioner MikeAresco through the AAC’s press release. “This schedule accomplishes several goals. It gives all of our teams a challenging, yet fair, test that will make for an exciting regular season and prepare them for the postseason.”

You can see the full schedule here.

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