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Big East slate released with an epic flaw

Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 1:36 pm
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By Matt Norlander


We're at our most parched as sports fans when we get hot flashes over the fact a schedule has been released. It's the first tangible step and sign that we're closer to a season beginning (this year's NFL drama and dilemma excluded).

With the unveiling of the slate there's sign of rebirth and reason for true anticipation. Players and fans alike can envision the coming season, tallying up wins and losses in their heads, those tallies unfailing in their unpredictability.

The Big East, the best league in college basketball, released its intra-conference schedule today, only in opponents. The times and dates will come later this summer. It's got some hitches and glitches, most notably, the fact there's some irregularity with traditional rivals not getting home-and-home competition. The conference's premier and most storied/heated annual battle, Syracuse vs. Georgetown, will only be played once. Due to the 18-team setup, the schedule agreement is that each team plays three teams twice, six teams at home and six other teams away.

Somewhere, John Thompson II has a look of disgust on his face.

And make no mistake about it: There are plenty of ticked-off alumni on both sides of the aisle because of this, despite its precedence. It's the first time in five years the Big East has done this to Syracuse and Georgetown; many believed the Big East wouldn't clip the rivalry after so many fans on both sides felt incomplete without two games back in 2007.

When it comes to no-brainer sellouts and easy TV draws, there are certain things that shouldn't be messed with. No matter how exciting neo-rivalry Syracuse-UConn is, Orange fans want two cracks, not one, at stifling Hoya Paranoia. SU fans aren't comforted by the fact they'll get two gimme games against Providence, since it means they sacrifice a game in Washington, D.C., where plenty of Syracuse alumni are based. (Syracuse's other two-gamers are against Connecticut and Louisville.)

And Georgetown fans have to give up their home game against the Orange this year. Since the two schools were such a catalyst into turning the Big East into what it is today, league officials should really make it a point to have the teams play twice per year, no exceptions. Next season, when TCU joins and bloats the conference to an egregious 17 squads, teams will then only play the same opponent twice per season. This could be the Big East's way of telling Orange and Hoyas fans, "Deal with it. Because it's going to be slimmer pickings from here on out."

As for the rest of the league, there's plenty to like. After all, 11 teams went to The Dance last season. Georgetown and UConn get manageable slates, while Syracuse, Marquette and Cincinnati have their hands full.

CINCINNATI

 

Home

DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova

Away

Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

 

 

CONNECTICUT

 

Home

Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away

Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

 

 

DE PAUL

 

Home

Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

Away

Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

 

 

GEORGETOWN

 

Home

Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova

Away

DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

 

 

LOUISVILLE

 

Home

Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

Away

Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

 

 

MARQUETTE

 

Home

Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova

Away

Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

 

 

NOTRE DAME

 

Home

Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away

Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

 

 

PITTSBURGH

 

Home

Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

Away

Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

 

 

PROVIDENCE

 

Home

Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away

Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

 

 

RUTGERS

 

Home

Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Away

Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, West Virginia

 

 

ST. JOHN’S

 

Home

Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Away

Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF

 

 

SETON HALL

 

Home

Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, West Virginia

Away

Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

 

 

USF

 

Home

Cincinnati, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

Away

DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova

 

 

SYRACUSE

 

Home

Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, West Virginia

Away

Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Villanova

 

 

VILLANOVA

 

Home

Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

Away

Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, West Virginia

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

Home

Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova

Away

Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

 

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Category: NCAAB
Tags: Big East
 
Comments

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Big East slate released with an epic flaw

Get rid of the deadweight teams (DePaul, Rutgers, South Florida, TCU). That would get it down to 13 and Syracuse and Georgetown would be more likely to play twice. If it weren't for freaking football, three of these teams wouldn't even be in the league (I still don't know why DePaul is in the league).  I read somewhere the Big East gets more revenue from basketball than football, why should we care about growing football when almost every school in the conference outside of Morgantown cares far more about basketball?

If they want to make it 12, they can drop Providence. I wouldn't personally miss them but they are a founding member of the conference and some of the older members may object. I never liked Marquette in the league, they are a newer member, and they are a travel nightmare for most schools, but they've been good in basketball for the past few years.

Or maybe make it that teams play more opponents twice and don't play some opponents at all. Make it so the top teams play more games against each other and the dead weights play each other twice. There is no reason TCU and UConn should ever play in basketball (could you imagine the travel between the two schools?)



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Big East slate released with an epic flaw

This is a shock, but as a Syracuse fan, I'm not upset. I was born in the 80s and don't remember the great games the two teams have had during that time period. In my opinion, the rivalry has lost its touch. No disrespect to Georgetown fans, but the Hoyas have not ranked nearly as high and as regularly as Syracuse or other teams in the Big East, in the past decade. Meaning - when the games are played, they are played with one school having a lot to lose and the other a lot to win in terms of rankings. On the other hand Syracuse vs. UConn, Pitt, Louisville is almost always a top 15 matchup no matter what time of the year. Those are the games, as a Syracuse game, I'm most focused on.


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