Repeat League Opponents Remain Unchanged for the 2010-11 Women's Basketball Season

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has elected to keep the same repeat opponents from 2009-10 for the upcoming 2010-11 season for its 16 women's basketball teams. It will be the same repeat opponents for the second straight year for eight of the BIG EAST teams, while the other eight will maintain the same repeat opponents for the fifth straight season.

The format for league play is a 16-game schedule, which has been in place since the 2005-06 season. Each team will play 16 conference games - seven opponents home only, seven opponents away only and one opponent both is as follows: providing additional television inventory; competitive issues/RPI implications and geographic rivalries/minimizing travel costs.

The repeat opponents for the second consecutive year are two-time defending national champion Connecticut playing Notre Dame, Rutgers facing Syracuse, DePaul matching up against Marquette and Georgetown playing USF. 

The BIG EAST captured its eighth overall and second straight NCAA National Championship in April behind Connecticut's NCAA Division I women's basketball record-breaking 78 consecutive wins. As the season progressed, UConn stayed in the spotlight, several teams sustained their annual prominent stature, while numerous others rose beyond preseason predictions, garnering national recognition. The BIG EAST was a constant in the national polls and held solid in the RPI rankings all season. The final BIG EAST regular-season standings showed overwhelming parity with new programs surfacing in the top half of the Championship bracket.

The Conference again swept the national player of the year awards, in addition to having eight different student-athletes earn all-America accolades. For the seventh straight year, the BIG EAST led all leagues nationally in Championship attendance, and home attendance figures continue to rise year-after-year as schools implement new and innovating marketing tactics. Again, the Conference upheld its national, regional and local television exposure.

In ESPN's 64 teams to watch in 2010-11, the sports network named Connecticut (No. 1), Notre Dame (No. 9), West Virginia (No. 11), Georgetown (No. 12), St. John's (No. 14), DePaul (No. 30) and Rutgers (No. 31) to its list.

Below is the grid of the 2010-11 BIG EAST women's basketball home/away league opponents:

 

 
CINCINNATI
CONNECTICUT
DEPAUL
GEORGETOWN
LOUISVILLE
MARQUETTE
NOTRE DAME
PITTSBURGH
Repeat
Louisville
Notre Dame
Marquette
USF
Cincinnati
DePaul
Connecticut
West Virginia
 
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
1
Connecticut
DePaul
Georgetown
Cincinnati
DePaul
Louisville
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
2
DePaul
Louisville
Notre Dame
Connecticut
Georgetown
Notre Dame
Georgetown
DePaul
3
Marquette
Marquette
Providence
Marquette
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
Louisville
Marquette
4
Providence
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
St. John's
Rutgers
Notre Dame
5
Rutgers
Seton Hall
Seton Hall
Syracuse
St. John's
Syracuse
St. John's
Providence
6
Seton Hall
Syracuse
USF
Villanova
Seton Hall
Villanova
Seton Hall
USF
7
Syracuse
Villanova
West Virginia
West Virginia
West Virginia
West Virginia
Syracuse
Villanova
                 
 
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
1
Georgetown
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
DePaul
Connecticut
Cincinnati
DePaul
Connecticut
2
Notre Dame
Georgetown
Connecticut
Louisville
Marquette
Connecticut
Marquette
Georgetown
3
Pittsburgh
Providence
Louisville
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Georgetown
Pittsburgh
Louisville
4
St. John's
Rutgers
Pittsburgh
Providence
Providence
Pittsburgh
Providence
Rutgers
5
USF
St. John's
St. John's
Rutgers
USF
Providence
USF
St. John's
6
Villanova
USF
Syracuse
St. John's
Syracuse
Seton Hall
Villanova
Seton Hall
7
West Virginia
West Virginia
Villanova
Seton Hall
Villanova
USF
West Virginia
Syracuse
                 
 
PROVIDENCE
RUTGERS
ST. JOHNS
SETON HALL
USF
SYRACUSE
VILLANOVA
W. VIRGINIA
Repeat
Villanova
Syracuse
Seton Hall
St. Johns
Georgetown
Rutgers
Providence
Pittsburgh
 
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
Home Games
1
Connecticut
Connecticut
Cincinnati
Georgetown
Cincinnati
DePaul
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
2
Georgetown
Georgetown
Connecticut
Marquette
Connecticut
Louisville
DePaul
Connecticut
3
Louisville
Pittsburgh
DePaul
Pittsburgh
Louisville
Pittsburgh
Louisville
Notre Dame
4
Marquette
Providence
Georgetown
Providence
Marquette
Providence
Notre Dame
Providence
5
Notre Dame
USF
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
Notre Dame
Seton Hall
St. John's
St. John's
6
St. John's
Villanova
Rutgers
Villanova
St. John's
USF
USF
USF
7
USF
West Virginia
Syracuse
West Virginia
Seton Hall
Villanova
West Virginia
Syracuse
                 
 
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
Away Games
1
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Louisville
Cincinnati
DePaul
Cincinnati