Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
ESPN has announced the 2009-10 Big Monday Big East men’s college basketball schedule.
The programming begins January 11 with Villanova at Louisville in a showdown between NCAA Tournament participants from last year. Villanova reached the Final Four and Louisville the Elite Eight.
Louisville, the defending Big East Tournament champions, beat Villanova in both matchups last season, including in the conference semifinals.
Prior to the tip off of the Big Monday schedule, ESPN will showcase Pittsburgh at Cincinnati on Monday, Jan. 4, giving Bearcats freshman Lance Stephenson of Brooklyn (pictured) a national showcase.
BIG EAST schedule highlights include:
● Connecticut at Villanova in a showdown between the two Big East Final Four participants February 15;
● Coverage featuring three of the four programs which made it to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Connecticut, Louisville and Villanova (the fourth, Pittsburgh, will be televised January 4).
● All four Big East teams on the ESPN.com pre-season poll by Andy Katz: #4 Villanova, #9 West Virginia, #18 Georgetown and #25 Connecticut;
● At least one team that has won the NCAA Championship in ESPN’s 30 years in each game: Connecticut (1999 & 2004), Georgetown (1984), Louisville (1980 & 1986), Syracuse (2003) and Villanova (1985), including four matchups between the teams:
ESPN’s 2009-10 Big Monday BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Schedule
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Villanova at Louisville
Syracuse at Notre Dame
Georgetown at Syracuse
Connecticut at Louisville
Villanova at West Virginia
Connecticut at Villanova
West Virginia at Connecticut
Georgetown at West Virginia
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.