BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Weekly Report
Georgetown Vs. Memphis Tips Off BIG EAST’s CBS Sports Schedule
The 2008-09 BIG EAST schedule on CBS Sports begins Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET when Georgetown hosts Memphis at the Verizon Center. CBS is televising the game nationally. The contest is the first of nine CBS telecasts this season that will include BIG EAST teams. The BIG EAST and CBS have been partners since 1985, the longest relationship of any conference and national network. Saturday’s game is a battle between two nationally ranked teams. The Hoyas are 19th in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Polls. Memphis is 17th and 15th, respectively. Georgetown goes into the game riding a 26-game home winning streak, the fifth longest current streak in the nation.
SEC-BIG EAST Invitational On Tap For Next Week
The second annual SEC-BIG EAST Invitational takes place next Tuesday and Thursday in Nashville and Cincinnati. The two doubleheaders pair teams from the BIG EAST and the Southeastern Conferences. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise each game.
Dec. 16, Sommet Center, Nashville, Tenn.
USF vs. Vanderbilt 7:00 ESPN2
Marquette vs. Tennessee 9:30 ESPN
Dec. 18, U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati vs. Mississippi State 6:30 ESPN2
Louisville vs. Mississippi 9:00 ESPN
Last year, the BIG EAST won three of the four matchups.
Important Mid-Year Additions Set To Join BIG EAST Squads
With the end of the semester approaching, some BIG EAST teams have important personnel additions who will be eligible to play soon. At USF, the Bulls will welcome a pair of players who can start participating Sunday against Niagara, guard Mike Mercer, a transfer from Georgia, and forward Augustus Gilchrist, a highly regarded freshman. Connecticut will get a boost from forward Stanley Robinson who missed the first semester for personal reasons. Robinson averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds as a starter last season. He is eligible for Monday’s game against Stony Brook.
Villanova, Cincinnati Set For City Rivalry Games
Villanova and Cincinnati are preparing for battle in two of the nation’s hottest city rivalry games. ESPN2 is carrying both contests. No. 15/12 Villanova hosts Saint Joseph’s on Thursday and Cincinnati welcomes No. 10/9 Xavier on Saturday. Both games tip off at 8 p.m. ET.