Villanova sets hoops schedule

Posted: September 06, 2012

VILLANOVA'S basketball team, coming off a 13-19 season, will open this year at the Pavilion against Jeff Ruland's District of Columbia team on Nov. 9 in a regional-round game of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project. The Wildcats' Big East opener is Jan. 2 at home against St. John's.

Right now, other than some starting times and TV affiliations, the only question is how many of the conference games are going to be held at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Wildcats play Purdue and either Alabama or Oregon State in the championship rounds of the 2K, at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15-16. They go to LaSalle on Nov. 25, and Penn on Dec. 8. They get Saint Joseph's (Dec. 11) and Temple (Dec. 5) at home. This is the last time the game with the Owls will not count in the conference standings.

The other Big East home games are against Pitt on Jan. 16, Louisville on Jan. 22, Syracuse (with an 11 a.m. start) on Jan. 26, Providence on Feb. 3 (Super Bowl Sunday), South Florida on Feb. 9, Rutgers on Feb. 18, Marquette on Feb. 23 and Georgetown in the finale on March 6.

On the road they'll face USF on Jan. 9, Syracuse on Jan. 12, Providence on Jan. 19, Notre Dame on Jan. 30, DePaul on Feb. 5, Cincinnati on Feb. 12, Connecticut on Feb. 16, Seton Hall on Feb. 25 and Pitt on March 3.

Pitt and Syracuse are leaving after this season to join the ACC.

The Rutgers and Seton Hall games are both tipping off at 9 p.m.

In the conference six games will be on ESPNU, and five others on either ESPN or ESPN2. The rest are part of the Big East Network package. The two games at MSG, Temple, St. Joe's and Delaware (Dec. 16) are also on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

SCHEDULE

Wells Fargo Center Games TBD

Thursday, Nov. 1: CARLETON (Exhibition)

Nov. 9-11-15-16: 2K Sports Classic

Friday, Nov. 9: UDC

Sunday, Nov. 11: MARSHALL

Thursday, Nov. 15: Purdue, 9 (New York)

Friday, Nov. 16: vs. Alabama/Oregon St., 5/7 (N.Y.)

Tuesday, Nov. 20: COLUMBIA, TBA

Sunday, Nov. 25: at La Salle, TBA

Saturday, Dec. 1: at Vanderbilt, 5

Wednesday, Dec. 5: TEMPLE, 9:00

Saturday, Dec. 8: at Penn, TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 11: SAINT JOSEPH'S, 7

Sunday, Dec. 16: DELAWARE, 4

Saturday, Dec. 22: at Monmouth, TBA

Friday, Dec. 28: NJIT, TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 2: ST. JOHN'S, 8

Wednesday, Jan. 9: at USF, TBA

Saturday, Jan. 12: at Syracuse, TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 16: PITTSBURGH, 7

Saturday, Jan. 19: at Providence, TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 22: LOUISVILLE, TBA

Saturday, Jan. 26: SYRACUSE, 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: at Notre Dame, 7

Sunday, Feb. 3: PROVIDENCE, TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 5: at DePaul, 7

Saturday, Feb. 9: USF, 3

Tuesday, Feb. 12: at Cincinnati, TBA

Saturday, Feb. 16: at Connecticut, 12

Monday, Feb. 18: RUTGERS, 9

Saturday, Feb. 23: MARQUETTE, 6

Monday, Feb. 25: at Seton Hall, 9

Sunday, March 3: at Pittsburgh, TBA

Wednesday, March 6: GEORGETOWN, 7

March 12-16: Big East Tournament

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