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Monday / June 24.
  • Big East Releases Hoops Schedule

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    The Big East released its hoop schedule today and here’s the official release.

    The league also announced its schedule of non-conference games which will be televised on national networks.  At least 27 games will receive national exposure.

    Forty-four conference contests will be carried on ESPN or ESPN2.  ESPNU, which has increased its reach to over 47 million homes, will carry approximately 20 league games.  CBS Sports will televise 11 more games involving BIG EAST teams.  ESPN will continue to televise The BIG EAST Championship from Madison Square Garden in New York.  The dates for the 2010 event are March 9-13.

    In total, 69 of the 144 regular-season BIG EAST games (or 48 percent) will likely be on national television.  The remaining games will be carried on ESPN360 or ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Network.  When The BIG EAST Championship games are added, more than half of all games played between BIG EAST teams will be televised nationally.

    “Over the past three decades, the terms BIG EAST Conference basketball and national television exposure have become synonymous in many ways, and this year is certainly no exception,” stated BIG EAST Conference Commissioner John Marinatto. “Our 16 member schools represent nearly one-third of the nation’s television households — a fact that drives our ability to reach the many alumni, fans and constituents within our membership. We are very proud of our longstanding and comprehensive partnerships with both CBS Sports and ESPN, which continue to provide our schools with unparalleled exposure as all 144 of our Conference games will be televised for the third consecutive season.”

    The BIG EAST has always enjoyed a leadership position in college sports television.  Twelve of the 16 conference schools are located in the top 35 media markets in the country.

    ESPN and the BIG EAST again will partner in the network’s Big Monday format.  The league also will make regular appearances on ESPN and ESPN2 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    In addition, the BIG EAST and ESPN Regional Television will carry the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week on Saturdays, mostly at noon, Eastern time.  The syndicated package, the largest in college basketball, reaches more than one-third of the nation’s homes.

    Some of the highlights of the 2009-10 schedule include:

    Big Monday – All seven BIG EAST teams that earned berths in the 2009 NCAA Championship will make appearances.  The first Monday game is Pittsburgh at Cincinnati on Jan. 4.  Villanova travels to Louisville on Jan. 11.    No other conference appears on Mondays on ESPN more than the BIG EAST.  The Big Monday package also includes Connecticut at Villanova, a battle of the two league squads that advanced to the NCAA Final Four last year, on Feb. 15.  The Big Monday series concludes with Georgetown at West Virginia on March 1.  All games on the Big Monday schedule will be available on ESPN.360.

    Wednesdays — ESPN or ESPN2 will show nine Wednesday games involving BIG EAST teams during the 10-week conference season.  The Wednesday schedule includes Connecticut at Syracuse on Feb. 10 as part of ESPN Rivalry Week.  Those two clubs played an unforgettable six-overtime game in the quarterfinals of The BIG EAST Championship.

    Thursdays — ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 11 Thursday games that will include 13 BIG EAST squads.  The weekly Thursday night package starts when ESPN2 carries St. John’s at Georgetown on Dec. 31.  The final Thursday of the season, March 4, includes two telecasts on ESPN or ESPN2 – Seton Hall at Rutgers and Providence at Pittsburgh.

    Saturdays – ESPN or ESPN2 will telecast 10 BIG EAST games during the conference season, including the final game at storied Freedom Hall March 6, when Syracuse visits Louisville.  Also, the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week package continues, mostly at noon, ET.  The Game of the Week package reaches over one-third of the nation and is the largest syndicated college basketball package in the nation.  The Saturday schedule will be announced at a later date.  There is one Sunday telecast on ESPN, Louisville at Syracuse on Feb. 14.

    CBS Sports — The 11-game schedule on CBS Sports, which includes five league contests, will feature eight BIG EAST teams.  The CBS Sports slate begins with one of college basketball’s great intersectional rivalries, UCLA at Notre Dame, on Dec. 19.  The first league game of the season will be on CBS Sports when West Virginia visits Seton Hall on Dec. 26.  On Feb. 21, Pittsburgh will host Villanova, a contest that figures to spark memories of their game in the 2009 NCAA Elite Eight in Boston.  The Wildcats won at the buzzer 78-76.  The BIG EAST/CBS Sports schedule concludes with West Virginia at Villanova on March 6.  The BIG EAST and CBS Sports have been formal television partners since 1985, the longest relationship of any conference and national network.

    ESPN GameDay – ESPN will take its signature GameDay series to a BIG EAST campus again.  Syracuse will host Villanova and the GameDay crew at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 27.

    ESPN Rivalry Week – No conference will appear more times on Rivalry Week than the BIG EAST.  The week begins on Feb. 8 with Villanova at West Virginia in a Big Monday battle.  Rivalry Week concludes the following Monday, Feb. 15, with Connecticut at Villanova.  In all, seven BIG EAST games will be televised.

    Holiday Week – The BIG EAST league schedule on ESPN and ESPN2 begins in late December with Connecticut traveling to Cincinnati on Dec. 30.  On New Year’s Eve, St. John’s plays at Georgetown.  Both games will be carried by ESPN2.

    Jimmy V Classic – For a second straight year, the BIG EAST will participate in both games of the doubleheader at the Jimmy V Classic, Dec. 8 at Madison Square Garden.  ESPN will show Georgetown versus Butler followed by Pittsburgh meeting Indiana.

    SEC/BIG EAST Invitational – The third annual meeting between the two conferences will be carried by ESPN and ESPN2.  On Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden, St. John’s battles Georgia on ESPN2 followed by Connecticut and Kentucky on ESPN.  On Dec. 10 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., DePaul and Mississippi State square off on ESPN2 before Florida plays Syracuse on ESPN.

    Between the Jimmy V Classic and the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational, as well as a pair of scheduled nonleague games involving Villanova and Cincinnati, eight BIG EAST teams will appear on either ESPN or ESPN2 between Dec. 8-10.

    NBA All-Star Weekend Game – The BIG EAST again will be featured on ESPN on the Friday night of the NBA All-Star Weekend when West Virginia plays at Pittsburgh on Feb. 12.

    Saturday, January 30 – Although there are several days on the schedule with many attractive matchups, one of the better days may be Jan. 30.  At noon, Louisville plays at West Virginia  on ESPN.  At 2 p.m. Georgetown will host Duke on CBS Sports.  At 6 p.m., Notre Dame goes to Rutgers on ESPN2. Also, Marquette plays at Connecticut and Syracuse travels to DePaul.

    The BIG EAST Game of the Week selections will be made at a later date.

    The ESPN360 and BIG EAST Network local telecast schedules will be announced in the near future.

    -BIG EAST-

    2009-10 BIG EAST CONFERENCE COMPOSITE MEN’S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

    Saturday, Dec. 26

    West Virginia at Seton Hall                      3:30 p.m.            CBS Sports

    Monday, Dec. 28

    DePaul at Pittsburgh

    Tuesday, Dec. 29

    Syracuse at Seton Hall

    Marquette at West Virginia

    Wednesday, Dec. 30

    Connecticut at Cincinnati                             7 p.m.            ESPN2

    USF at Louisville

    Providence at Notre Dame

    Thursday, Dec. 31

    St. John’s at Georgetown                            8 p.m.            ESPN2

    Saturday, Jan. 2

    Notre Dame at Connecticut

    Pittsburgh at Syracuse

    Villanova at Marquette                            3:30 p.m.            ESPN2

    Cincinnati at Rutgers

    Sunday, Jan. 3

    Providence at St. John’s

    Georgetown at DePaul

    Monday, Jan. 4

    Pittsburgh at Cincinnati                                7 p.m.            ESPN

    Tuesday, Jan. 5

    Notre Dame at USF

    Wednesday, Jan. 6

    Louisville at Providence

    Seton Hall at Connecticut

    Georgetown at Marquette

    DePaul at Villanova

    Rutgers at West Virginia

    Saturday, Jan. 9

    Connecticut at Georgetown                          Noon            ESPN

    Marquette at Villanova

    St. John’s at Louisville

    Cincinnati at Seton Hall

    West Virginia at Notre Dame

    Rutgers at Providence

    Sunday, Jan. 10

    USF at Syracuse

    Monday, Jan. 11

    Villanova at Louisville                                   7 p.m.            ESPN

    Wednesday, Jan. 13

    Pittsburgh at Connecticut                            7 p.m.            ESPN2

    Cincinnati at St. John’s

    West Virginia at USF

    Syracuse at Rutgers

    Thursday, Jan. 14

    Seton Hall at Georgetown                           7 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Providence at DePaul                                  9 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Saturday, Jan. 16

    Louisville at Pittsburgh

    Syracuse at West Virginia                              Noon            ESPN

    Notre Dame at Cincinnati

    Rutgers at USF

    Sunday, Jan. 17

    Georgetown at Villanova

    DePaul at St. John’s

    Providence at Marquette

    Monday, Jan. 18

    Syracuse at Notre Dame                              7 p.m.            ESPN

    Wednesday, Jan. 20

    USF at Cincinnati                                        7 p.m.            ESPN2

    Georgetown at Pittsburgh

    St. John’s at Connecticut

    Marquette at DePaul

    Villanova at Rutgers

    Thursday, Jan. 21

    Louisville at Seton Hall                                 7 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Saturday, Jan. 23

    Rutgers at Georgetown

    Villanova at St. John’s                                   Noon            ESPN

    Marquette at Syracuse

    DePaul at Notre Dame

    USF at Providence

    Sunday, Jan. 24

    Cincinnati at Louisville

    Pittsburgh at Seton Hall

    Monday, Jan. 25

    Georgetown at Syracuse                             7 p.m.            ESPN

    Tuesday, Jan. 26

    Rutgers at Marquette

    West Virginia at DePaul

    Wednesday, Jan. 27

    Connecticut at Providence

    Notre Dame at Villanova                              7 p.m.            ESPN

    Thursday, Jan. 28

    St. John’s at Pittsburgh

    Seton Hall at USF                                       7 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Saturday, Jan. 30

    Syracuse at DePaul

    Louisville at West Virginia                               Noon            ESPN

    Marquette at Connecticut

    Notre Dame at Rutgers                               6 p.m.            ESPN2

    Providence at Cincinnati

    Sunday, Jan. 31

    Pittsburgh at USF

    Monday, Feb. 1

    Connecticut at Louisville                              7 p.m.            ESPN

    Tuesday, Feb. 2

    Seton Hall at Villanova

    St. John’s at Rutgers

    Providence at Syracuse

    Wednesday, Feb. 3

    DePaul at Marquette                                   7 p.m.            ESPN2

    USF at Georgetown

    Pittsburgh at West Virginia

    Thursday, Feb. 4

    Cincinnati at Notre Dame                             9 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Saturday, Feb. 6

    Villanova at Georgetown                               Noon            ESPN

    Marquette at Providence

    West Virginia at St. John’s

    Rutgers at Louisville

    Seton Hall at Pittsburgh

    DePaul at Connecticut

    Sunday, Feb. 7

    Syracuse at Cincinnati

    USF at Notre Dame

    Monday, Feb. 8

    Villanova at West Virginia                             7 p.m.            ESPN

    Tuesday, Feb. 9

    Georgetown at Providence                          7 p.m.            ESPN2

    Wednesday, Feb. 10

    Connecticut at Syracuse                              7 p.m.            ESPN

    Thursday, Feb. 11

    Louisville at St. John’s                                 7 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Notre Dame at Seton Hall

    Friday, Feb. 12

    West Virginia at Pittsburgh                           9 p.m.            ESPN

    Saturday, Feb. 13

    Cincinnati at Connecticut

    Providence at Villanova

    USF at Marquette

    Sunday, Feb. 14

    DePaul at Seton Hall

    Louisville at Syracuse                                   1 p.m.            ESPN

    Georgetown at Rutgers

    St. John’s at Notre Dame

    Monday, Feb. 15

    Connecticut at Villanova                              7 p.m.            ESPN

    Tuesday, Feb. 16

    Rutgers at DePaul

    Cincinnati at USF

    Wednesday, Feb. 17

    Notre Dame at Louisville                              7 p.m.            ESPN2

    West Virginia at Providence

    Seton Hall at St. John’s

    Thursday, Feb. 18

    Syracuse at Georgetown                             7 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Pittsburgh at Marquette                              9 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Saturday, Feb. 20

    St. John’s at USF

    Seton Hall at West Virginia                             Noon            ESPN

    Louisville at DePaul

    Connecticut at Rutgers

    Sunday, Feb. 21

    Villanova at Pittsburgh                                   Noon            CBS Sports

    Marquette at Cincinnati

    Monday, Feb. 22

    West Virginia at Connecticut                        7 p.m.            ESPN

    Tuesday, Feb. 23

    Georgetown at Louisville                              7 p.m.            ESPN2

    Rutgers at Seton Hall

    Syracuse at Providence

    Wednesday, Feb. 24

    Pittsburgh at Notre Dame                            7 p.m.            ESPN2

    DePaul at Cincinnati

    Marquette at St. John’s

    USF at Villanova

    Saturday, Feb. 27

    Notre Dame at Georgetown                          Noon            CBS Sports

    Pittsburgh at St. John’s

    Cincinnati at West Virginia

    DePaul at Rutgers

    Providence at USF

    Villanova at Syracuse                                   9 p.m.            ESPN

    Sunday, Feb. 28

    Marquette at Seton Hall

    Louisville at Connecticut                              2 p.m.            CBS Sports

    Monday, March 1

    Georgetown at West Virginia                       7 p.m.            ESPN

    Tuesday, March 2

    Villanova at Cincinnati                                  7 p.m.            ESPN2

    Louisville at Marquette

    USF at DePaul

    St. John’s at Syracuse

    Wednesday, March 3

    Connecticut at Notre Dame                         7 p.m.            ESPN

    Thursday, March 4

    Seton Hall at Rutgers                                  7 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Providence at Pittsburgh                             9 p.m.            ESPN/ESPN2

    Friday, March 5

    St. John’s at DePaul

    Saturday, March 6

    Cincinnati at Georgetown

    West Virginia at Villanova                               Noon            CBS Sports

    Syracuse at Louisville                                   2 p.m.            ESPN

    Notre Dame at Marquette

    Rutgers at Pittsburgh

    Seton Hall at Providence

    Connecticut at USF

    Note: All conference games not listed with CBS Sports, ESPN or ESPN2 above will be televised either by ESPNU, ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Network, or ESPN 360. Games listed as ‘ESPN/ESPN2’ will be selected to either ESPN or ESPN2, but the start time will not change.

    2009-10 BIG EAST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL NONCONFERENCE GAMES ON CBS SPORTS, ESPN, ESPN2 VERSUS AND FSN

    Monday, Nov. 9

    Albany at Syracuse                                           9 p.m.   ESPNU            2K Sports Classic

    Wednesday, Nov. 11

    Robert Morris at Syracuse                                  7 p.m.   ESPNU            2K Sports Classic

    Monday, Nov. 16

    Colgate at Connecticut                                      9 p.m.   ESPNU            NIT Season Tip-Off

    Tuesday, Nov. 17

    Louisville vs. Arkansas                                    7:30 p.m.   ESPN2            Hall of Fame Showcase

    Thursday, Nov. 19

    Villanova vs George Mason                                 2 p.m.   ESPNU            O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off

    Syracuse vs. California                                        7 p.m.   ESPN2            2K Sports Classic

    Friday, Nov. 20

    Villanova vs. Dayton/Georgia Tech            1 p.m./3 p.m.   ESPNU            O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off

    Syracuse vs. North Carolina/Ohio State      5 p.m./7 p.m.   ESPN2            2K Sports Classic

    Sunday, Nov. 22

    Villanova vs. TBD                                                 TBD   ESPN2/ESPNU  O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off

    Monday, Nov. 23

    Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt                                     5 p.m.   ESPN2            EA Sports Maui Invitational

    Tuesday, Nov. 24

    Cincinnati vs. Maryland/Chaminade        1:30 p.m./7 p.m.   ESPN/ESPN2    EA Sports Maui Invitational

    Wednesday, Nov. 25

    Connecticut vs. TBD                                            TBD   ESPN2            NIT Season Tip-Off

    Cincinnati vs. TBD                                                TBD   ESPN/ESPN2/  EA Sports Maui Invitational

    ESPNU

    Thursday, Nov. 26

    Marquette vs. Xavier                                         2 p.m.   ESPN2            Old Spice Classic

    West Virginia vs. Long Beach State                     2 p.m.   ESPNU            76 Classic

    Friday, Nov. 27

    Marquette vs. Michigan/Creighton          Noon/2:30 p.m.   ESPN/ESPNU   Old Spice Classic

    West Virginia vs. Texas A&M/Clemson   2:30 p.m./5 p.m.   ESPN/ESPNU   76 Classic

    Connecticut vs. TBD                          2:30 p.m./5 p.m.   ESPN/ESPN2    NIT Season Tip-Off

    Saturday, Nov. 28

    La Salle at Villanova                                      3:30 p.m.   ESPN2

    Louisville at UNLV                                             4 p.m.   Versus

    Sunday, Nov. 29

    Marquette vs. TBD                                               TBD   ESPN2/ESPNU  Old Spice Classic

    West Virginia vs. TBD                                           TBD   ESPN2/ESPNU  76 Classic

    Saturday, Dec. 5

    St. John’s at Duke                                       3:30 p.m.   ESPN2

    Sunday, Dec. 6

    Villanova vs. Maryland                                    7:30 p.m.   FSN                BB&T Classic

    Tuesday, Dec. 8

    Georgetown vs. Butler                                      7 p.m.   ESPN              Jimmy V Classic

    Pittsburgh vs. Indiana                                        9 p.m.   ESPN              Jimmy V Classic

    Wednesday, Dec. 9

    St. John’s vs. Georgia                                        7 p.m.   ESPN2            SEC-BIG EAST Invitational

    Villanova at Saint Joseph’s                                  9 p.m.   ESPN2

    Connecticut vs. Kentucky                              9:30 p.m.   ESPN              SEC-BIG EAST Invitational

    Thursday, Dec. 10

    DePaul vs. Mississippi State                            6:30 p.m.   ESPN2            SEC-BIG EAST Invitational

    Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati                              8:30 p.m.   ESPN2

    Syracuse vs. Florida                                           9 p.m.   ESPN              SEC-BIG EAST Invitational

    Saturday, Dec. 12

    Georgetown vs. Washington                              2 p.m.   FSN                Wooden Classic

    Marquette at Wisconsin                                     5 p.m.   ESPN2

    Sunday, Dec. 13

    Cincinnati at Xavier                                            7 p.m.   ESPNU

    Saturday, Dec. 19

    UCLA at Notre Dame                                         2 p.m.   CBS Sports

    Western Kentucky at Louisville                           4 p.m.   ESPN2

    Wednesday, Dec. 23

    Mississippi at West Virginia                             7:30 p.m.   ESPN2

    Monday, Dec. 28

    Rutgers at North Carolina                              8:30 p.m.   ESPN2

    Friday, Jan. 1

    West Virginia at Purdue                                2:30 p.m.   ESPN

    Saturday, Jan. 2

    Louisville at Kentucky                                    3:30 p.m.   CBS Sports

    Seton Hall vs. Virginia Tech                            7:30 p.m.   ESPN2

    Wednesday, Jan. 6

    Memphis at Syracuse                                         7 p.m.   ESPN2

    Sunday, Jan. 17

    Connecticut at Michigan                                4:30 p.m.   CBS Sports

    Saturday, Jan. 23

    Ohio State at West Virginia                                2 p.m.   CBS Sports

    Texas at Connecticut                                        4 p.m.   CBS Sports

    Saturday, Jan. 30

    Duke at Georgetown                                        1 p.m.   CBS Sports

    All times Eastern

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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.