All 16 BIG EAST cross country
teams will compete at NCAA Regionals this weekend. The squads will be at six different regional meets, including Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, South and Southeast. The top two teams from each region will automatically qualify for the 2010 NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 22. There are also 13 at-large bids up for grabs for both the men and women. Those teams will be selected on Sunday.
There are three women's basketball games on Saturday. Georgetown begins the season against Alcorn State at 2 p.m., while Marquette takes on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 8 p.m. ET. Both games are at home. No. 14/16 St. John's looks for its second win of the year at Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Women's volleyball has three matches slated for Saturday afternoon with teams looking for important wins to qualify for the BIG EAST Championship. Pittsburgh hosts Connecticut at 2 p.m. with both teams still in the running for a slot in the BIG EAST Championship. Also at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Rutgers plays host to Notre Dame and Seton Hall welcomes DePaul.
Two BIG EAST men's basketball teams hit the court on Saturday. Providence plays its season opener Saturday night as the Friars host Dartmouth at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7 p.m. Pittsburgh plays its third home game to open the year, as the Panthers welcome North Florida. Pitt is 77-1 all-time against nonconference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.
In BIG EAST field hockey action today, two teams advanced to the first round of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. No. 4 seed Syracuse will face Penn State in University Park, Pa. at 11:30 a.m., while Connecticut takes on American at 2 p.m. in College Park, Md. The BIG EAST has place a team in the national semifinals in three of the last four years.
Four BIG EAST football teams have a chance to become postseason eligible on Saturday including West Virginia, USF, Louisville and Syracuse. The Orange try to lock-up a bowl bid on the road at Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. The winner of the USF-Louisville game at noon will lock-up a bowl appearance, while West Virginia welcomes Cincinnati in another noontime kickoff.