by John Fanta
FOX Sports College basketball writer
2022-23 Great East The schedule dropped on Friday, with the roster featuring 20 games on FOX.
In addition, the highlight of last season’s coverage is back with FS1’s “Big East Opening Night Tip-Off,” which will feature extensive coverage of the eight-team opening season on November 7.
The conference season will once again lead to the Big East 41 straight championships at Madison Square Garden, with FS1 covered from March 8-10 and broadcast of the championship game on FOX March 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
With full schedule included over hereHere, we have a summary of the top 10 must-watch games in the Big East this coming season in chronological order.
Ed Cooley and the Big East regular season champions opened their convention roster with a visit to Newark to meet the Shaheen Holloway Pirates. No one shone quite as well as Holloway last March, as the 45-year-old topped 15th seed St. These two teams battle it out in the impasse of the next conference CretonAnd the Villanova And the XavierSo this is an important way for both teams to start playing in the Big East.
It’s college basketball on Christmas Day. The FOX National Convention Show is a smart television move by the Big East, which has seen huge success in the past when paired with the NFL.
This game will follow a Christmas Day showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins from Hard Rock Stadium at 1 PM ET on FOX.
It provides one of many national highlight opportunities for the Bluejays, who are the unanimous front-runners in the Big East as they head into the season and could be a top 10 team in the country. An upset DePaul is entering year two under Tony Stelfield.
This would be a highly anticipated match for the holiday season. When wild cats And the Huskies UConn met last year in Hartford, overcoming Dan Hurley’s dismissal and a four-point deficit by 21 seconds to shock Jay Wright and Vilanova. Now, Kyle Neptune is on the sideline leading the Cats, who could be the top 15 team in the country once again. On the flip side, the Husky are entering a crucial season after another disappointing March, and their early-season conference meet at XL Center could serve as a springboard for the campaign. It’s also a rematch in the Big East Championship semi-finals.
Saturday December 31 – UConn at Xavier – Noon ET, FOX
I like this. As the countdown begins 12 hours before the new year begins, Cincinnati’s huskies and jockeys should provide a great vibe at Sentas Center. Sean Miller is back at Xavier, and the Knights appear to be part of a potential Top 20 team. The Husky family will go through one of the toughest weeks of the season in this showdown. If you love to play the big guy, this is the game for you. UConn’s Adama Sanogo could win this year’s Big East Player, and it will be interesting to see who joins him in the front yard. Xavier faces a really dynamic 1-2 punch at Jack Nunge and Zach Freemantle.
Wed Jan 4 – UConn at Providence – 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1
There are a lot of classes for the rivalry between huskies and brothers. The biggest one, and one that’s specific to the two teams that meet in Rhode Island, is that they didn’t square in Providence with fans in the building. Last year, despite numerous efforts to make the game happen between the two programs, it never came to fruition. This led to a lot of banter between the two teams and their fan bases, making this confrontation a date on the calendar. The other layer of this rivalry is that Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley were meeting at a Providence/Rhode Island game when Hurley was at his previous stop. Any time these two contrasting personalities meet, it’s a stage for hoops. This is a must-see night game in the early days of 2023.
Friday January 13th – Villanova at butler – 7 PM ET, FS1
Friday night college basketball at Henkel Fieldhouse? Where is Gene Hackman when we need him? This match between Wildcats and Bulldogs is interesting for a variety of reasons. First, Tad Matta is back at Butler after five years away from college hoops. With the return of Chuck Harris and Simas Lukosius as well as the NC State Manny Bates transfer highlighting several off-season promotions, Dawgs could be sleeping in the conference. This Friday night fight could serve as validation. On the flip side, Vilanova had a hard time winning at Henkel Stadium and the atmosphere should be fraught. In fact, the Wildcats have lost four of their last six games at Butler. These are cute college hoops for the weekend table.
Fri, January 20 – Vilanova in St. John’s – 7 PM ET, FS1
Can you tell we love the Friday night window? This rivalry between two historic brands will come at Madison Square Garden to stop the weekend of college hoops games. It’s a big season for Saint John. Mike Anderson is heading into his fourth year of driving with the pressure in place to catapult Red Storm to the NCAA Championship, something he hasn’t done yet. Bosch Alexander and Illinois moved to Andre Corbelo for the SJU back title while DePaul’s transfer David Jones is the conference’s third-highest scorer. Vilanova plays a completely different and intentional style than Jonesy’s “40 Minutes of Hell” spin-based style. It’s an interesting primetime game in Manhattan, and a valuable appeal opportunity for Red Storm.
Saturday February 4th – Villanova at Creighton – 7:30pm ET, FOX
The first two teams battle in prime time conference over big TV broadcasts from Omaha? will play. It’s a very clever schedule by Big East to put together all of the matches between the Wildcats and Bluejays in February. The added element of that timing? Wildcats star Justin Moore is on his way back to the court by coming off a hamstring injury he suffered at the NCAA Championship against Houston. Speaking of matches in February, the second game between these two teams will come three weeks later on February 25 inside the Wells Fargo Center at Noon ET on FOX.
Saturday, February 18 – Villanova in Providence – 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox
The newly named Amica Sports Pavilion – formerly The Dunk – should be well served and swinging for a Wildcats/Friars game early in the evening. It’s the regular season champions’ battle against the conference title holders. When these two teams last met in Rhode Island, Colin Gillespie put together 33 points to lead Villanova to a big win on the road. The performance was crowned with this dagger.
Gillespie is gone, creating an interesting story about how the Wildcats backcourt will work in the upcoming season. Jared Bynum will ship the brothers.
Saturday 4 March – Wild Card Saturday!
We cheated a bit here. The last Saturday of the Big East play collectively should be awesome. There should be big implications for the conference championship. The top five teams in the league get a first round, while the other six teams will play on Wednesday at MSG. This is what the board looks like. There will be three televised competitions on FOX on March 4th, with the other two matches relegating to FS1. The highlight match airs prime time on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET when Villanova hosts UConn at the Wells Fargo Center. What a long time ago the rivalry between these two opponents was. Could you have a conference session preview? This is what it will look like for the rest of the day.
St. John’s in Marquette (FOX/FS1)
Xavier’s Butler (FOX/FS1)
Seton Hall in Providence (FOX/FS1)
Creighton in DePaul (FOX/FS1)
This is a wrap list. Below is the full Big East on the FOX schedule (all times ET):
- Dec 10 Villanova vs Boston College 5pm
- December 17 Providence at Seton Hall 12:30 p.m.
- December 25 DePaul at Creighton 4:30 p.m.
- December 31, Connecticut at Xavier Nun
- January 7, Creighton in Connecticut No.
- January 15 Marquette at Xavier Noun / 4:30 p.m.
- January 16 – Georgetown at Villanova N
- January 22 Butler in Connecticut (XL) noon* (may air on FS1 due to NFL)
- February 4 St. John’s at Xavier 5pm
- Vilanova at Crichton 7:30 p.m.
- February 11 Providence at St. John’s Back (MSG)
- Connecticut at Creighton 2 pm
- February 18 Seton Hall at Connecticut (XL) at noon
- Villanova in Providence 4:30 p.m.
- February 25, Creighton at Villanova (WF) at noon
- February 26, Providence, Georgetown, 12:30 p.m.
- March 4 Wildcard #1 TBD
- Wildcard #2 to be determined
- Connecticut at Villanova (WF) 7:30 p.m.
John Fanta is a National College Basketball announcer and writer for FOX Sports. It covers sports in a variety of capacities, from invoking games on FS1 to serving as the main host on the BIG EAST Digital Network to providing commentary on The Field of 68 Media Network. Follow him on Twitter @John Fanta.
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