2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule Features 56 Percent of League Games on National TV

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -  The BIG EAST 2012-13 men's basketball conference schedule has two familiar traits.  Every conference game will be televised and more than half - 56 percent -- will be seen on national television.  The schedule also is loaded with heavy duty matchups.  Nearly 80 percent of the league contests will include at least one team that played in last season's NCAA Championship and 27 percent will feature two NCAA squads.

 

On the national television slate, ESPN & ESPN2 will carry 45 conference games.  At least 24 league games will be televised on ESPNU, which reaches more than 73 million homes.  CBS Sports has six BIG EAST contests, its highest number of conference games in 20 years, and one non-league game.  ESPN will continue to televise The BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters from Madison Square Garden in New York.  The dates for the 2013 event are March 12-16.  It will be the 31st BIG EAST tournament at MSG.

 

At least 75 of the 135 regular-season BIG EAST games will be on national television.  One hundred seven of the 135 will include one team that played in the 2012 NCAA Championship.  Thirty seven games will have two NCAA squads.  BIG EAST teams will play, on average, 10 nationally televised games during their 18-game league schedules.  The remaining conference games will be produced by ESPN Regional Television for the BIG EAST Network.  All BIG EAST Network games will be available on ESPN3.

 

It is the sixth consecutive season that every league game will be televised.   

 

The league also announced a partial schedule of non-conference games that will be televised on national networks. At least 34 intersectional games will receive national exposure.

 

"BIG EAST men's basketball and unparalleled national media exposure have always been synonymous," said BIG EAST Commissioner Mike Aresco.  "The 2012-13 schedule is unmatched in the scope of national, regional and local telecasts.  Our coaches and student-athletes are committed to excellence at the highest level.  I know the upcoming season will be filled with outstanding and exciting play."

 

The BIG EAST has always enjoyed a leadership position in college sports television. Eleven of the 15 BIG EAST teams reside in the top 35 media markets in the country.

 

ESPN and 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 and Saturdays.  Once again, there will be conference games played on every day of the week.

 

In addition, the BIG EAST and ESPN Regional Television will carry the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week on Saturdays and Sundays. The BIG EAST Network Game of the Week package will include over 40 affiliates reaching more than 43 million households which represent 37.6 percent of the U.S.

 

 

 

Some of the highlights of the 2012-13 schedule include:

 

Big Monday - The BIG EAST schedule on ESPN's Big Monday includes eight games over seven weeks.  The series starts with Louisville at Connecticut, the league's most recent  Final Four teams, on Jan. 14.  A week later, there is the usual doubleheader on the Martin Luther King Day holiday.  Cincinnati plays at Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. ET with Georgetown visiting Notre Dame at 7:30.  Prior to the official Big Monday schedule, Notre Dame will play at Cincinnati on Monday, Jan. 7, on ESPN2.  Four other conference games will be shown on Mondays on ESPNU.

 

Wednesdays - ESPN or ESPN2 will show seven Wednesday games involving BIG EAST teams during the 10-week conference season. The Wednesday schedule begins Jan. 9 with Louisville at Seton Hall on ESPN2. Ten BIG EAST teams will be featured on the Wednesday games.   

 

Saturdays - ESPN or ESPN2 will telecast 14 BIG EAST games on Saturdays during the conference season. The Saturday schedule includes a doubleheader on the final day of the regular season, March 9, Syracuse visits Georgetown on ESPN and Marquette plays at St. John's on ESPN or ESPN2.  The BIG EAST Network Game of the Week package continues on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Sundays - ESPN will carry three league games on Sunday afternoons.  On Feb. 3, Marquette plays at Louisville.  St. John's visits Syracuse on Feb. 10.  On Feb. 17, Louisville plays at USF.

 

CBS Sports -- The seven-game schedule on CBS Sports features eight BIG EAST squads.  The first of six conference games will be St. John's at Georgetown on Feb. 2.  On March 9, the final day of the regular season, Notre Dame plays at Louisville.  The Cardinals will be featured on the only non-conference telecast when they host Kentucky Dec. 29.  The BIG EAST and CBS Sports have been formal television partners since 1983-84, the longest relationship of any conference and national broadcast network.

 

ESPN College GameDay - The BIG EAST again will be the only conference scheduled to host ESPN's signature College GameDay series twice.  On Feb. 9, The GameDay crew will on site for either Louisville at Notre Dame or Pittsburgh at Cincinnati.  It is the first "Wild Card" situation ever in the GameDay series for two games in the same conference.  The site will be determined as the season progresses.  On March 9, GameDay visits Georgetown for the first time when the Hoyas will host Syracuse in the regular-season finale for both teams.

 

ESPN Rivalry Week - The BIG EAST will have 11 appearances on the network's Rivalry Week. The week begins on Feb. 11, with Marquette at Georgetown in a Big Monday battle. The week concludes with Rutgers at Villanova on ESPNU Feb. 18.

 

New Year's - The BIG EAST league schedule opens Dec. 31 with an afternoon contest between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh on ESPN2 at the Panthers' Petersen Events Center.  On Jan. 1, Connecticut plays at Marquette on ESPNU.  Four conference games are slated for Jan. 2, including St. John's at Villanova on ESPNU.

 

Jimmy V Classic -  The BIG EAST often places teams in both games of prestigious Jimmy V Classic.  This season, Georgetown battles Texas and Connecticut meets North Carolina State on Dec. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

 

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge - The SEC-BIG EAST Challenge, which was previously announced, will match 12 teams from each conference over three nights, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will provide exclusive coverage.  All 12 games will played at home sites with each conference hosting six contests. 

 

NBA All-Star Weekend Game - A BIG EAST game has become a regular part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.  This season, Georgetown will play at Cincinnati on Feb. 15.

 

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


2012-13 BIG EAST CONFERENCE COMPOSITE MEN'S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

 

Monday, Dec. 31

 

 

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

 Noon

ESPN2

 

 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 1

 

 

Connecticut at Marquette

 8 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 2

 

 

Providence at Louisville

 

BIG EAST Network

Rutgers at Syracuse

 

BIG EAST Network

Seton Hall at DePaul

 

BIG EAST Network

St. John's at Villanova

 8 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Saturday, Jan. 5

 

 

DePaul at Providence

 

BIG EAST Network

Georgetown at Marquette

 

BIG EAST Network

Pittsburgh at Rutgers

 11 a.m.

ESPN2

Seton Hall at Notre Dame

 

BIG EAST Network

St. John's at Cincinnati

 4 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Sunday, Jan. 6

 

 

Syracuse at USF

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Monday, Jan. 7

 

 

Notre Dame at Cincinnati

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 8

 

 

DePaul at Connecticut

 

BIG EAST Network

Pittsburgh at Georgetown

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 9

 

 

Louisville at Seton Hall

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

Rutgers at St. John's

 

BIG EAST Network

Syracuse at Providence

 

BIG EAST Network

Villanova at USF

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Saturday, Jan. 12

 

 

Cincinnati at Rutgers

 

BIG EAST Network

Connecticut at Notre Dame

 

BIG EAST Network

Georgetown at St. John's

 11 a.m.

ESPN2

Marquette at Pittsburgh

 Noon

ESPNU

USF at Louisville

 

BIG EAST Network

Villanova at Syracuse

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Sunday, Jan. 13

 

 

Providence at Seton Hall

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Monday, Jan. 14

 

 

Louisville at Connecticut

 7 p.m.

ESPN

 

 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 15

 

 

Cincinnati at DePaul

 

BIG EAST Network

Notre Dame at St. John's

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 16

 

 

Pittsburgh at Villanova

 7 p.m.

ESPNU

Providence at Georgetown

 

BIG EAST Network

Seton Hall at Marquette

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Thursday, Jan. 17

 

 

USF at Rutgers

 9 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

 

 

 

Saturday, Jan. 19

 

 

Connecticut at Pittsburgh

 Noon/1 p.m.

ESPN2

Georgetown at USF

 

BIG EAST Network

Marquette at Cincinnati

 5 p.m./7 p.m.

ESPNU

Rutgers at Notre Dame

 

BIG EAST Network

St. John's at DePaul

 

BIG EAST Network

Syracuse at Louisville

 4 p.m.

ESPN

Villanova at Providence

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Monday, Jan. 21

 

 

Cincinnati at Syracuse

 3:30 p.m.

ESPN

Georgetown at Notre Dame

 7:30 p.m.

ESPN

 

 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 22

 

 

Louisville at Villanova

 

BIG EAST Network

Pittsburgh at Providence

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 23

 

 

St. John's at Rutgers

 

BIG EAST Network

USF at Seton Hall

 7 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Saturday, Jan. 26

 

 

DePaul at Pittsburgh

 

BIG EAST Network

Louisville at Georgetown

 Noon

ESPN

Notre Dame at USF

 

BIG EAST Network

Providence at Marquette

 

BIG EAST Network

Syracuse at Villanova

 11 a.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Sunday, Jan. 27

 

 

Rutgers at Connecticut

 

BIG EAST Network

Seton Hall at St. John's

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Monday, Jan. 28

 

 

Pittsburgh at Louisville

 7 p.m.

ESPN

USF at Marquette

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30

 

 

DePaul at St. John's

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

Rutgers at Cincinnati

 

BIG EAST Network

Seton Hall at Georgetown

 

BIG EAST Network

Villanova at Notre Dame

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

Thursday, Jan. 31

 

 

Connecticut at Providence

 7 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

 

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 2

 

 

Cincinnati at Seton Hall

 11 a.m.

ESPNU

Notre Dame at DePaul

 2 p.m.

ESPN2

St. John's at Georgetown

 4 p.m.

CBS

Syracuse at Pittsburgh

 Noon

ESPN

 

 

 

Sunday, Feb. 3

 

 

Marquette at Louisville

 2 p.m.

ESPN

Providence at Villanova

 

BIG EAST Network

USF at Connecticut

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Monday, Feb. 4

 

 

Notre Dame at Syracuse

 7 p.m.

ESPN

Seton Hall at Pittsburgh

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 5

 

 

Villanova at DePaul

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 6

 

 

Cincinnati at Providence

 

BIG EAST Network

Connecticut at St. John's

 7 p.m.

ESPNU

Louisville at Rutgers

 

BIG EAST Network

Marquette at USF

7 p.m./9 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 9

 

 

DePaul at Marquette

 

BIG EAST Network

Georgetown at Rutgers

 

BIG EAST Network

Louisville at Notre Dame

9 p.m./6 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

9 p.m./6 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

USF at Villanova

3 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Sunday, Feb. 10

 

 

Connecticut at Seton Hall

 

BIG EAST Network

St. John's at Syracuse

 1 p.m.

ESPN

 

 

 

Monday, Feb. 11

 

 

Marquette at Georgetown

 7 p.m.

ESPN

 

 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 12

 

 

Seton Hall at Rutgers

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

Villanova at Cincinnati

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 13

 

 

DePaul at Notre Dame

 

BIG EAST Network

Providence at USF

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

Syracuse at Connecticut

 7 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

 

 

 

Thursday, Feb. 14

 

 

St. John's at Louisville

 9 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

 

 

 

Friday, Feb. 15

 

 

Georgetown at Cincinnati

 9 p.m.

ESPN

 

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 16

 

 

Notre Dame at Providence

 

BIG EAST Network

Pittsburgh at Marquette

 1 p.m.

CBS

Rutgers at DePaul

 1 p.m.

ESPNU

Syracuse at Seton Hall

 

BIG EAST Network

Villanova at Connecticut

 Noon

ESPN/ESPN2

 

 

 

Sunday, Feb. 17

 

 

Louisville at USF

 1 p.m.

ESPN

 

 

 

Monday, Feb. 18

 

 

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

 7 p.m.

ESPN

Rutgers at Villanova

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 19

 

 

Marquette at Seton Hall

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 20

 

 

DePaul at Georgetown

 

BIG EAST Network

Providence at Syracuse

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

USF at St. John's

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Thursday, Feb. 21

 

 

Cincinnati at Connecticut

 7 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

 

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 23

 

 

Connecticut at DePaul

 

BIG EAST Network

Georgetown at Syracuse

 4 p.m.

CBS

Marquette at Villanova

 6 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

Providence at Rutgers

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

Seton Hall at Louisville

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Sunday, Feb. 24

 

 

Cincinnati at Notre Dame

 2 p.m.

CBS

Pittsburgh at St. John's

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Monday, Feb. 25

 

 

Syracuse at Marquette

 7 p.m.

ESPN

Villanova at Seton Hall

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 27

 

 

Georgetown at Connecticut

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

Louisville at DePaul

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

USF at Pittsburgh

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Saturday, March 2

 

 

Connecticut at Cincinnati

 

BIG EAST Network

Louisville at Syracuse

 Noon

CBS

Notre Dame at Marquette

 2 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

Rutgers at Georgetown

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

St. John's at Providence

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Sunday, March 3

 

 

DePaul at USF

 

BIG EAST Network

Villanova at Pittsburgh

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Monday, March 4

 

 

Cincinnati at Louisville

 7 p.m.

ESPN

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 5

 

 

Marquette at Rutgers

 

BIG EAST Network

Seton Hall at Providence

 

BIG EAST Network

St. John's at Notre Dame

 7 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 6

 

 

Connecticut at USF

 9 p.m.

ESPNU

DePaul at Syracuse

 

BIG EAST Network

Georgetown at Villanova

 7 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

 

 

 

Friday, March 8

 

 

Rutgers at Seton Hall

 

BIG EAST Network

 

 

 

Saturday, March 9

 

 

Marquette at St. John's

 2 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2

Notre Dame at Louisville

 4 p.m.

CBS

Pittsburgh at DePaul

 

BIG EAST Network

Providence at Connecticut

 Noon

ESPNU

Syracuse at Georgetown

 Noon

ESPN

USF at Cincinnati

 

BIG EAST Network

 

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

 

 

 

2012-13 BIG EAST CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL NONCONFERENCE GAMES ON CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, AND ESPNU

* partial schedule - more games to be announced

 

Friday, Nov. 9

 

 

 

Michigan State vs. Connecticut

5:30 p.m.

ESPN

Armed Forces Classic

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Nov. 11

 

 

 

Colgate at Marquette

4:30 p.m.

ESPNU

EA Sports Maui Invitational

Duquesne at Georgetown

6:30 p.m.

ESPNU

Legends Classic

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Nov. 13

 

 

 

Detroit at St. John's

2 p.m.

ESPN

ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Nov. 29

 

 

 

Kentucky at Notre Dame

7 p.m.

ESPN2

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

South Carolina at St. John's

7:30 p.m.

ESPNU

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

Marquette at Florida

9 p.m.

ESPN2

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

Seton Hall at LSU

9:30 p.m.

ESPNU

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

 

 

 

 

Friday, Nov. 30

 

 

 

Tennessee at Georgetown

6:30 p.m.

ESPN

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

Georgia at USF

7 p.m.

ESPNU

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

Syracuse at Arkansas

8:30 p.m.

ESPN

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

DePaul at Auburn

9 p.m.

ESPNU

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 1

 

 

 

Mississippi State at Providence

Noon

ESPNU

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

Rutgers at Mississippi

2 p.m.

ESPNU

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

Alabama at Cincinnati

3 p.m.

ESPN2

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

Villanova at Vanderbilt

5 p.m.

ESPN2

SEC-BIG EAST Challenge

 

 

 

 

Monday, Dec. 3

 

 

 

Eastern Michigan at Syracuse

7 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 4

 

 

 

Texas vs. Georgetown

7 p.m.

ESPN

Jimmy V Classic

North Carolina State vs. Connecticut

9 p.m.

ESPN

Jimmy V Classic

Louisville at College of Charleston

9 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 5

 

 

 

Temple at Villanova

9 p.m.

ESPN2

 

USF at Oklahoma State

9 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Dec. 6

 

 

 

Long Beach State at Syracuse

8 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

 

 

 

Wisconsin at Marquette

6 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 11

 

 

 

Saint Joseph's at Villanova

7 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 15

 

 

 

Purdue vs. Notre Dame

4:30 p.m.

ESPN2

Crossroads Classic

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 16

 

 

 

Delaware at Villanova

4 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, Dec. 17

 

 

 

Detroit at Syracuse

7 p.m.

ESPNU

Gotham Classic

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 19

 

 

 

Xavier at Cincinnati

7 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, Dec. 21

 

 

 

Niagara at Notre Dame

7 p.m.

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 22

 

 

 

Temple vs. Syracuse

Noon

ESPN2

Gotham Classic

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Dec. 27

 

 

 

New Mexico at Cincinnati

9 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 29

 

 

 

Kentucky at Louisville

4 p.m.

CBS

 

Washington at Connecticut

7:30 p.m.

ESPN2

 

 

 

All times Eastern