BIG EAST Announces 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule Matchups This year's schedule includes an unprecedented 131 games - or 91 percent of the conference ledger - that will feature at least one NCAA tournament team from last year.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On the heels of its most prosperous season in league history, the BIG EAST Conference has announced the league opponents and game sites for its men's basketball teams for the 2011-12 season.
Thanks to the NCAA-record 11 BIG EAST teams that played in the 2011 NCAA Championship, this year's schedule includes an unprecedented 131 games - or 91 percent of the conference ledger - that will feature at least one NCAA tournament team from last year. Sixty-seven games - 47 percent of the schedule - will be between two of the conference' s NCAA tournament teams.
Each of the 16 BIG EAST teams will play either 12 or 13 conference games against NCAA tournament teams.
The conference schedule will once again include 144 regular-season games as each of the BIG EAST's 16 teams plays 18 conference games. Each team will face 12 opponents once and three opponents twice. All 144 regular-season conference games will again be televised, either by CBS Sports, the ESPN family of networks or ESPN Regional Television.
The decisions regarding repeat opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries, television contractual obligations and competitive balance. Connecticut, which won the 2011 BIG EAST and NCAA championships will face Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Syracuse twice each, while BIG EAST regular-season champion Pittsburgh will have Louisville, USF and West Virginia as its repeat opponents.
The full 2011-12 conference schedule will be announced at a later date.
2011-12 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Schedule Breakdown