@FIUHoops Announces 2019 C-USA Slate

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MIAMI – First year FIU men’s basketball Head Coach Jeremy Ballard announced his inaugural 2019 Conference USA schedule on Wednesday, a schedule which includes a new innovative format from the league with the goal to improve seeding and increase the number of teams that advance to the postseason from C-USA.Click here for complete C-USA schedule.Within the format, the 14 Conference USA programs will play each other once and their travel partner twice in the first seven weeks of the conference season. At the end of the seven weeks, teams will be placed in one of three groups based on conference standings through the first 14 games of league action. The teams will be divided into two groups of five (1-5 and 6-10) and a group of four (11-14). During the final three weeks, teams will play within their respective grouping for the last four games of conference play. Home and away games within the groups will be determined by a preset formula.Once all 18 games have been completed, the top 12 teams based on final league standings will be seeded in the conference tournament. Teams will be guaranteed seeding within their respective group. For example, if a program lands in the second group (6-10), it will seed no higher than six and no lower than 10 in the tournament field.The Panthers open the New Year with two games on the road, at Middle Tennessee on Jan. 3 and UAB on Jan. 5, before returning to the Ocean Bank Convocation Center for their C-USA home-opening weekend against Charlotte on Jan. 10, and Old Dominion on Jan. 12.FIU then begins a three-game road stretch – right before a three-game home stand – when it travels to WKU on Jan. 17, and to reigning Conference USA champion Marshall on Jan. 19. The Panthers close out the three-game span when they travel up Interstate 95 to Boca Raton, to butt heads with C-USA rival Florida …

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