BIG EAST Announces Repeat Opponents for 2012-13 Women's Basketball Season

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced repeat opponents for the league's 15 women's basketball teams, while also determining the home/away league schedule for the 2012-13 season.

The format for regular-season league play is a 16-game schedule. Each team plays 16 conference games - hosting six opponents at home and playing at six opponents, while having two repeat opponents where both a home and away game will be played. Each member has a total of eight home and eight away games. The rationale in determining the repeat opponents is to provide additional quality television inventory, for competitive issues/RPI implications as well as geographic rivalries/minimizing travel costs.

Notre Dame won the regular-season title last year in the BIG EAST. The Fighting Irish's repeat opponents this season are Connecticut and Providence. UConn, which won the BIG EAST Championship title, will play Marquette twice in addition to the Irish. St. John's finished second in the league last year and will have local rivals Seton Hall and Rutgers as repeat opponents.

"We are coming off a great season that showcased the continued growth and depth of our conference," said Danielle Donehew, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball. "The continued use of the 16-game schedule model allows us to display the impressive play throughout the conference. The second repeat opponent will help balance the competitive fairness within the league, while creating exciting matchups for television."

The BIG EAST had 12 of its women's basketball teams continue to the postseason with eight teams selected to the NCAA Championship and four to the WNIT. In the first 14 games of the postseason, the Conference had a strong showing, posting a 13-1 record. The BIG EAST was again well-represented in the Final Four as Connecticut and Notre Dame advanced to play each other in the semifinals. It was the sixth-straight year a BIG EAST school has advanced to the Final Four and the third time in the last four years that the BIG EAST had two representatives. Nine BIG EAST teams reached the 20-win plateau with two teams collecting 30 or more victories.

The BIG EAST was a combined 159-55 (.743) vs. nonconference opponents during the regular season - the seventh-straight year the league remained above .700.

With next season's start still months away, the future remains bright for BIG EAST women's basketball. In ESPN's 25 teams to watch in 2012-13, the sports network named four BIG EAST teams in the top 11. Connecticut was predicted as No. 2, Notre Dame as No. 8, St. John's at No. 10 and Louisville at No. 11. Of Sports Illustrated's top-10 teams for 2012-13, three were from the BIG EAST with Connecticut listed as No. 2, Louisville at No. 4 and Notre Dame at No. 9.

Below is the grid of the 2012-13 BIG EAST women's basketball home/away league opponents:

CINCINNATI

CONNECTICUT

DEPAUL

GEORGETOWN

LOUISVILLE

MARQUETTE

NOTRE DAME

PITTSBURGH

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Marquette

Notre Dame

Louisville

Pittsburgh

DePaul

Cincinnati

Connecticut

DePaul

Rutgers

Marquette

Pittsburgh

Syracuse

USF

Connecticut

Providence

Georgetown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

1

Connecticut

DePaul

Georgetown

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

DePaul

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

2

DePaul

Louisville

Notre Dame

Connecticut

Georgetown

Louisville

Georgetown

Marquette

3

Providence

Pittsburgh

Providence

Marquette

Pittsburgh

Notre Dame

Louisville

Notre Dame

4

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

Rutgers

Seton Hall

Rutgers

Rutgers

Rutgers

Providence

5

Syracuse

Syracuse

Seton Hall

USF

St. John's

St. John's

St. John's

USF

6

Villanova

Villanova

USF

Villanova

Seton Hall

Syracuse

Syracuse

Villanova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

1

Georgetown

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

DePaul

Connecticut

Georgetown

DePaul

Connecticut

2

Louisville

Georgetown

Connecticut

Louisville

Marquette

Pittsburgh

Marquette

Louisville

3

Notre Dame

Providence

Marquette

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Providence

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

4

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

St. John's

Providence

Providence

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

St. John's

5

St. John's

St. John's

Syracuse

Rutgers

Syracuse

USF

USF

Seton Hall

6

USF

USF

Villanova

St. John's

Villanova

Villanova

Villanova

Syracuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROVIDENCE

RUTGERS

ST. JOHNS

SETON HALL

USF

SYRACUSE

VILLANOVA

 

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Notre Dame

Cincinnati

Rutgers

St. Johns

Louisville

Georgetown

Providence

 

Villanova

St. John's

Seton Hall

USF

Seton Hall

Villanova

Syracuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

 

1

Connecticut

Connecticut

Cincinnati

Marquette

Cincinnati

DePaul

DePaul

 

2

Georgetown

Georgetown

Connecticut

Notre Dame

Connecticut

Louisville

Louisville

 

3

Louisville

Pittsburgh

DePaul

Pittsburgh

Marquette

Pittsburgh

Marquette

 

4

Marquette

Providence

Georgetown

Providence

Notre Dame

Providence

Notre Dame

 

5

St. John's

USF

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

St. John's

Rutgers

St. John's

 

6

USF

Villanova

Syracuse

Villanova

Syracuse

Seton Hall

USF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

 

1

Cincinnati

DePaul

Louisville

Cincinnati

DePaul

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

 

2

DePaul

Louisville

Marquette

Connecticut

Georgetown

Connecticut

Connecticut

 

3

Pittsburgh

Marquette

Notre Dame

DePaul

Pittsburgh

Marquette

Georgetown

 

4

Rutgers

Notre Dame

Providence

Georgetown

Providence

Notre Dame

Pittsburgh

 

5

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

USF

Louisville

Rutgers

St. John's

Rutgers

 

6

Syracuse

Syracuse

Villanova

Syracuse

Villanova

USF

Seton Hall