Temple will open its 2016-2017 men's basketball schedule at home against La Salle and conclude on March 5 at South Florida.

The 31-game schedule was released on Thursday.

Temple will play all four Big Five opponents early in the season, concluding with a Dec. 13 game  at defending NCAA champion Villanova.  Besides La Salle and Villanova, the other Big Five games are at St. Joseph on Nov. 30 and home on Dec. 3 against Penn.

The 13-game non-league schedule includes the two-day NIT Season Tip-Off beginning Thanksgiving, Nov. 24 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn against Florida State. The consolation and championship games will be staged the next day, with West Virginia and Illinois the other two teams in the tournament.

The opening American Athletic Conference game is Dec. 28 at the Liacouras Center against Cincinnati.

Each AAC school will play eight others twice and two opponents just once. Temple's one-game opponents are Tulsa (at home on Jan. 14) and Houston (on the road Jan. 28).

The Owls were 21-12 last season and won the regular season title in the AAC, while also earning an NCAA Tournament berth. Temple lost to Iowa, 72-70 in overtime in its first NCAA game.

Here is the Temple schedule.

Date  Opponent Time

Friday Nov. 11 La Salle, 7 p.m.

Monday Nov. 14 New Hampshire, 8 p.m.

Thursday Nov. 17 at UMass, 7 p.m.

Sunday Nov. 20 Manhattan, 2 p.m.

Thursday Nov. 24 Florida State (at Barclays Center), 12:30 p.m.

Friday Nov. 25 W. Virginia/Illinois (at Barclays Center), 12:30/3 p.m.

Wednesday Nov. 30 at St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 3 Penn, TBD

Wednesday Dec. 7 George Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 10 DePaul (at Miami's American Airlines Arena), 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday Dec. 13 at Villanova, TBD

Saturday Dec. 17 NJIT, 2 p.m.

Thursday Dec. 22 Yale, 7 p.m.

Wednesday Dec. 28 Cincinnati, 9 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 31 at UCF, 4 p.m.

Wednesday Jan. 4 at SMU, 9 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 7 East Carolina, noon

Wednesday Jan. 11 at UConn, 9 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 14 Tulsa, 4 p.m.

Wednesday Jan. 18 at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.

Wednesday Jan. 25 Memphis 6/8 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 28 at Houston, 10 p.m.

Tuesday Jan. 31 at Tulane, 8 p.m.

Sunday Feb. 5 USF, 1 p.m.

Thursday Feb. 9 SMU, 9 p.m.

Sunday Feb. 12 at Memphis, 2 p.m .

Wednesday Feb. 15 at East Carolina, 7 p.m.

Sunday Feb. 19 UConn, 4 p.m.

Wednesday Feb. 22 UCF, 7 p.m.

Saturday Feb. 25 Tulane, noon

Sunday March 5 at USF, 2 p.m.

Thurs-Sun March 9-12 AAC Tournament, XL Center, Hartford, Conn.