BIG EAST Announces 2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -  More than half of the 144 regular-season BIG EAST Conference men's basketball games will be seen on national television in the 2010-11 season, giving BIG EAST teams unprecedented exposure on the nation's leading television outlets as the league announced its composite schedule of conference games.
 
In total, 73 of the 144 regular-season BIG EAST games will be on national television (either on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU). Each of the BIG EAST's 16 teams will make at least five national television appearances in conference games alone. The remaining conference games will be produced by ESPN Regional Television for the BIG EAST Network or carried on ESPN3.com.
 
The 2010-11 season will be the fourth straight in which all 144 regular-season league games will be televised.
 
The league also announced its schedule of non-conference games which will be televised on national networks. At least 40 games will receive national exposure.
 
Forty-five conference contests will be carried on ESPN or ESPN2. ESPNU, which has increased its reach to over 73 million homes, will carry at least 24 league games. CBS Sports will televise 10 more games involving BIG EAST teams. 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 2011 event are March 8-12.
 
"Year in and year out, our conference has proven to be among the most competitive from top to bottom in the country," said BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto. "There is no question that much of our programs' success can be attributed to the unparalleled exposure they receive annually from ESPN and CBS Sports. We expect that this year, the fourth straight in which each of our 144 league games are televised, will be as competitive and exciting as any."
 
The BIG EAST has always enjoyed a leadership position in college sports television. BIG EAST teams reside in nine of 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. The BIG EAST Network Game of the Week package will be available to more than 40 percent of the nation in approximately 47 million households and will feature 12 games, including two Saturday doubleheaders and one Sunday afternoon game. Specific matchups will be announced at a later date.
 
Some of the highlights of the 2010-11 schedule include:
 
Big Monday - The eight BIG EAST teams that earned berths in the 2010 NCAA Championship will all make Monday-night appearances on ESPN, beginning with a Dec. 27 matchup between Connecticut and Pittsburgh. ESPN begins its Big Monday package with a Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day doubleheader of BIG EAST games as Villanova visits Connecticut at 3:30 p.m., followed by Syracuse at Pittsburgh at 7:30. The package also includes a Feb. 14 date between West Virginia - the BIG EAST tournament champion and a Final Four participant in 2010 - and Syracuse, which won last year's regular-season crown and reached the Sweet Sixteen. All games on the Big Monday schedule will be available on ESPN3.com.
 
Wednesdays -- ESPN or ESPN2 will show 10 Wednesday games involving BIG EAST teams during the 10-week conference season. The Wednesday schedule begins Dec. 29 with Georgetown at Notre Dame. Eleven different BIG EAST teams will be featured in Wednesday games on either ESPN or ESPN2.
 
Thursdays -- ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 10 Thursday games that will include 13 BIG EAST squads. The weekly Thursday night package starts with two intriguing nonconference games - Villanova against Temple Dec. 30 and Cincinnati against Xavier Jan. 6. The final Thursday of the season, March 3, has St. John's at Seton Hall on either ESPN or ESPN2.   
 
Saturdays - ESPN or ESPN2 will telecast 14 BIG EAST games during the conference season. The Saturday schedule includes a doubleheader on the final day of the regular season when Louisville visits West Virginia and Notre Dame is at Connecticut March 5. Also, the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week package continues, mostly at noon ET. There is one Sunday telecast on ESPN, Marquette at Georgetown Feb. 13.
 
CBS Sports -- The 10-game schedule on CBS Sports, which includes four league contests, five nonconference home games and one nonleague road date, will feature nine BIG EAST teams. The CBS Sports slate begins with Louisville hosting Kentucky in the new KFC Yum! Center Dec. 31. St. John's appears in two nonconference games on CBS Sports - against Duke from Madison Square Garden Jan. 30 and at UCLA Feb. 5. The first league game on CBS Sports will be Feb. 19 with Notre Dame at West Virginia. Pittsburgh hosts Villanova March 5 to finish the regular season. The BIG EAST and CBS Sports have been formal television partners since 1985, the longest relationship of any conference and national broadcast network.
 
ESPN GameDay - ESPN will take its signature College GameDay series to a BIG EAST campus again. Villanova will host Pittsburgh and the College GameDay crew at The Pavilion Feb. 12.
 
ESPN Rivalry Week - No conference will appear more times on Rivalry Week than the BIG EAST. The week begins on Feb. 7 with Pittsburgh at West Virginia in a Big Monday battle. Rivalry Week concludes the following Monday, Feb. 14, with West Virginia at Syracuse. There will be at least one BIG EAST game on ESPN or ESPN2 every day of Rivalry Week except Friday, for a total of nine games.
 
Holiday Week - The BIG EAST league schedule begins in earnest during the holiday week in late December on ESPN2. Connecticut will travel to Pittsburgh for the first conference game of the season Dec. 27. Marquette hosts West Virginia on New Year's Day. In all, ESPN2 will carry seven games involving BIG EAST teams in the six days leading to the New Year, and CBS will televise Louisville against Kentucky Dec. 31.
 
Jimmy V Classic -  The BIG EAST will once again have a participant in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. ESPN will have BIG EAST regular-season champion Syracuse against Michigan State Dec. 7.
 
SEC/BIG EAST Invitational - The fourth annual meeting between the two conferences will be carried by ESPN and ESPN2. On Dec. 8 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Seton Hall battles Arkansas on ESPN2 followed by Notre Dame and Kentucky on ESPN. On Dec. 10 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh., Rutgers and Auburn square off on ESPN2 before Pittsburgh faces Tennessee on ESPN.
 
Between the Jimmy V Classic and the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational, as well as nonleague games involving Georgetown, Marquette and Notre Dame, eight BIG EAST teams will appear on either ESPN or ESPN2 between Dec. 7-11.
 
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 Connecticut plays at Louisville Feb. 18.
 
The ESPN3.com and BIG EAST Network local telecast schedules will be announced in the near future.
-BIG EAST-

2010-11 BIG EAST CONFERENCE COMPOSITE MEN'S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
 
Monday, Dec. 27
 
 
 
 
Connecticut at Pittsburgh
 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, Dec. 28
 
 
 
 
DePaul at Cincinnati
 
 
 
USF at Seton Hall
 
 
 
Providence at Syracuse
 9:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Dec. 29
 
 
 
 
Georgetown at Notre Dame
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN2
 
St. John's at West Virginia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, Dec. 31
 
 
 
 
USF at Connecticut
 6:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Seton Hall at Cincinnati
 8:00 p.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Saturday, Jan. 1
 
 
 
 
DePaul at Georgetown
 
 
 
Notre Dame at Syracuse
 3:30 p.m.
ESPNU
 
St. John's at Providence
 
 
 
West Virginia at Marquette
 11:00 a.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Sunday, Jan. 2
 
 
 
 
Rutgers at Villanova
 1:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
 
 
 
Monday, Jan. 3
 
 
 
 
Georgetown at St. John's
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, Jan. 4
 
 
 
 
Connecticut at Notre Dame
 
 
 
Pittsburgh at Providence
 
 
 
West Virginia at DePaul
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Jan. 5
 
 
 
 
Seton Hall at Louisville
 7:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Marquette at Rutgers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, Jan. 6
 
 
 
 
Villanova at USF
 7:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
 
 
 
Saturday, Jan. 8
 
 
 
 
Syracuse at Seton Hall
 
 
 
Marquette at Pittsburgh
 
 
 
Providence at Rutgers
 
 
 
St. John's at Notre Dame
 8:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
West Virginia at Georgetown
 11:00 a.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Sunday, Jan. 9
 
 
 
 
Louisville at USF
 
 
 
Cincinnati at Villanova
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, Jan. 10
 
 
 
 
Notre Dame at Marquette
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, Jan. 11
 
 
 
 
Rutgers at Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Jan. 12
 
 
 
 
USF at Cincinnati
 
 
 
Pittsburgh at Georgetown
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN2
 
Syracuse at St. John's
 7:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Louisville at Villanova
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN2
 
Seton Hall at DePaul
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, Jan. 13
 
 
 
 
Providence at West Virginia
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Saturday, Jan. 15
 
 
 
 
Georgetown at Rutgers
 12:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Cincinnati at Syracuse
 
 
 
Connecticut at DePaul
 
 
 
Seton Hall at Pittsburgh
 
 
 
Marquette at Louisville
 11:00 a.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Sunday, Jan. 16
 
 
 
 
Notre Dame at St. John's
 
 
 
Providence at USF
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, Jan. 17
 
 
 
 
Villanova at Connecticut
 3:30 p.m.
ESPN
 
Syracuse at Pittsburgh
 7:30 p.m.
ESPN
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, Jan. 18
 
 
 
 
Georgetown at Seton Hall
 
 
 
DePaul at Marquette
 9:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Jan. 19
 
 
 
 
St. John's at Louisville
 
 
 
Cincinnati at Notre Dame
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Thursday, Jan. 20
 
 
 
 
USF at Rutgers
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Saturday, Jan. 22
 
 
 
 
Rutgers at Seton Hall
 
 
 
Villanova at Syracuse
 12:00 p.m.
ESPN
 
Pittsburgh at DePaul
 
 
 
Cincinnati at St. John's
 
 
 
Louisville at Providence
 5:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Marquette at Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, Jan. 23
 
 
 
 
USF at West Virginia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, Jan. 24
 
 
 
 
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, Jan. 25
 
 
 
 
Seton Hall at Syracuse
 
 
 
Connecticut at Marquette
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Jan. 26
 
 
 
 
Rutgers at Cincinnati
 
 
 
West Virginia at Louisville
 7:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Villanova at Providence
 
 
 
St. John's at Georgetown
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, Jan. 27
 
 
 
 
DePaul at USF
 9:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
 
 
 
Saturday, Jan. 29
 
 
 
 
Louisville at Connecticut
 
 
 
Georgetown at Villanova
 12:00 p.m.
ESPN
 
Syracuse at Marquette
 3:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Pittsburgh at Rutgers
 8:00 p.m.
ESPN2
 
West Virginia at Cincinnati
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, Jan. 30
 
 
 
 
Providence at Seton Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, Jan. 31
 
 
 
 
Louisville at Georgetown
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, Feb. 2
 
 
 
 
Syracuse at Connecticut
 7:00 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN2
 
USF at Providence
 
 
 
Marquette at Villanova
 7:00 p.m.
ESPNU
 
Seton Hall at West Virginia
 
 
 
Rutgers at St. John's
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, Feb. 3
 
 
 
 
Notre Dame at DePaul
 9:00 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN2
 
 
 
 
Saturday, Feb. 5
 
 
 
 
Providence at Georgetown