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The 2022-23 Big East schedule dropped Friday, with a slate of 20 games on FOX.
Additionally, a special highlight of past season coverage is back on FS1’s “Big East Opening Night Tip-Off,” which will feature whip-round coverage of eight teams’ season openers on Nov. 7.
The conference season begins with coverage on FS1 March 8-10 and on FOX March 11 at 6:30 pm ET with the championship game in the 41st consecutive Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Along with the full schedule listed here, we’ve ranked the top 10 games to watch in the Big East this coming season.
Saturday, December 17 – Providence at Seton Hall – 12:30 pm ET, FOX
Ed Cooley and the reigning Big East regular season champions open their conference slate with a trip to Newark to face the Shaheen Holloway Pirates. No one shined like Holloway last March Madness, as the 45-year-old led 15-seed St. Peter’s to an Elite Eight run that will go down as one of the best in NCAA Tournament history. These two teams figure to battle it out in the conference logjam following Creighton, Villanova and Xavier, so this is a significant way for both teams to start Big East play.
Sunday, December 25 – DePaul at Creighton – 4:30 pm ET, FOX
It’s college basketball on Christmas Day. FOX’s national exposure to the conference is a smart TV move in the Big East, which has already shown great success when paired with the NFL.
This game follows the Christmas Day showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium at 1 pm ET on FOX.
It gives the Bluejays one of many opportunities for national attention for the consensus front-runner in the Big East heading into the season and a potential top-10 team in the country. A frustrated DePaul entered two years under Tony Stubblefield.
Wednesday, December 28 – Villanova at UConn – 6:30 pm ET, FS1
This will be the most anticipated match of the holiday break. When the Wildcats and Huskies met last year in Hartford, UConn overcame a Dan Hooley layup and a four-point deficit with 21 seconds left to stun Jay Wright and Villanova. Now, leading the Cats next door is Kyle Neptune, who could once again be a top-15 team in the country. On the other hand, the Huskies enter a crucial season after another disappointing March, and this season’s conference matchup at the XL Center could serve as a launch pad for the campaign. It’s also a Big East Tournament semifinal.
Saturday, December 31 – UConn at Xavier – Noon ET, FOX
I love this. With 12 hours to go before the New Year’s countdown, the Huskies and Musketeers roaring into Cincinnati should create an epic atmosphere at the Cintas Center. Sean Miller is back at Xavier, and the Musketeers will look to be part of a top-20 team. The Huskies are coming off one of their toughest weeks this season. If you like to play big man this is the game for you. UConn’s Adama Sanogo could win Big East Player of the Year and it will be interesting to see who joins him in the front court. Xavier counters that the 1-2 punch in Jack Noong and Zach Fremantle is truly dynamic.
Wednesday, Jan. 4 – UConn at Providence – 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1
There are many layers to the rivalry between the Huskies and Friars. The big thing about the two teams meeting in Rhode Island is that they won’t be square off with the fans in the building in Providence. Last year, many efforts were made to get the game played between the two programs, but it never came to fruition. That led to a lot of brawling between the two teams and their fans, making the show a club day. Another cover of this rivalry was Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley meeting in the Providence/Rhode Island game when Hurley was at his former stop. Whenever these two opposites meet, it makes for some hoops theater. This is a weeknight game in the early days of 2023.
Friday, January 13 – Villanova at Butler – 7 pm ET, FS1
Friday night college basketball at Hinkle Fieldhouse? Where is Gene Hackman when we’re looking for him? This matchup between the Wildcats and Bulldogs is interesting for several reasons. First, Tad Matta is back at Butler after five years away from college hoops. With Chuck Harris and Simas Lukosius back, as well as NC State transfer Manny Bates highlighting several offseason improvements, the Dawgs could be a sleeper in the conference. This is a Friday night battle that can serve as proof. On the other hand, Villanova had a tough time beating Hinckley and the atmosphere should be electric. In fact, the Wildcats have lost four of Butler’s six games. This is a great college hoops weekend table set.
Friday, January 20 – Villanova at St. John’s – 7 pm ET, FS1
Can you tell we like Friday Night Window? This matchup between two historic brands comes to Madison Square Garden for a weekend of college hoops action. It’s a great season for St. John. Mike Anderson leads the Red Tide in his fourth year at the helm of the pressure to reach the NCAA Tournament, something he has yet to do. Posh Alexander and Illinois transfers Andre Curbelo headline SJU’s backcourt, while DePaul transfer David Jones is the conference’s third-leading returning scorer. Villanova plays a very different, deliberate style from the Johnnies’ “40 Minutes of Hell” turnover-based scheme. It would make for an impressive prime-time game in Manhattan and a valuable resume opportunity for the Red Tide.
Saturday, February 4 – Villanova at Creighton – 7:30 pm ET, FOX
A battle of the two teams that could be in the conference in prime time on major broadcast TV in Omaha? That plays. Placing both matchups between the Wildcats and Bluejays in February is the smartest schedule in the Big East. An extra element of that time? Wildcats star Justin Moore is on pace to return to action after recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in the NCAA Tournament against Houston. Speaking of February matchups, the second game between these two teams comes three weeks later on February 25th at the Wells Fargo Center at Noon ET on FOX.
Saturday, February 18 – Villanova at Providence – 4:30 pm ET, FOX
The newly named Amica Sports Pavilion – formerly known as The Dunk – should serve well and be the first night matchup for the Wildcats/Friars. It’s a battle between the conference regular season champions and the tournament champions. The last time these two teams met in Rhode Island, Collin Gillespie scored 33 points to lead Villanova to a big road win. Performance is covered by this knife.
With Gillespie gone, it creates an interesting storyline for how the Wildcats backcourt performs this coming season. Jared Bynum charges the nuts.
Saturday March 4 – Wild Card Saturday!
We cheated a little here. The final Saturday of Big East play should be a treat. There should be major conference tournament implications. The top five teams in the league will receive a first-round bye, while the remaining six teams will play at MSG on Wednesday. Here’s what the hood looks like. Three games will be broadcast on March 4 on FOX, with the remaining two games airing on FS1. The marquee matchup will air in prime time on Fox at 7:30 pm ET when Villanova hosts UConn at the Wells Fargo Center. What a time for those two long-time rivals to square off. Could it be a preview of the conference tournament? Here’s what the rest of the day looks like.
St. John’s at Marquette (FOX/FS1) Butler at Xavier (FOX/FS1) Seton Hall at Providence (FOX/FS1) Creighton at DePaul (FOX/FS1)
That’s a roll on the list. Below is the entire Big East on FOX schedule (all times ET).
Dec. 10 Villanova vs. Boston College, 5 p.mDec. 17 Providence at Seton Hall 12:30 p.mDec. 25 DePaul at Creighton 4:30 p.mDec. 31 Connecticut at Xavier noonJanuary 7 Creighton at Connecticut noonJan. 15 Marquette at Xavier Noon/4:30 p.mJan. 16 Georgetown at Villanova noonJan. 22 Butler at Connecticut (XL) Noon* (May air on FS1 due to NFL)February 4 St. John at Xavier 5 pmVillanova at Creighton 7:30 p.mFebruary 11 Providence at St. John (MSG) noonConnecticut at Creighton 2 p.mFebruary 18 Seton Hall in Connecticut (XL) noonVillanova at Providence 4:30 p.mFeb. 25 Creighton at Villanova (WF), noonFeb. 26 Providence at Georgetown 12:30 p.mMarch 4 Wildcard #1 TBDWildcard #2 TBDConnecticut at Villanova (WF) 7:30 p.m
John Fanta is a national college basketball broadcaster and writer for FOX Sports. He covers sports in a variety of capacities, from calling games on FS1 to serving as lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Network to commentating on the 68 Media Network field. Follow him on Twitter @John_Fanta.
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