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Big East releases conference schedule

Sep 5, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

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The Big East, now led by new commissioner Mike Aresco, announced its conference schedule Wednesday.

“BIG EAST men’s basketball and unparalleled national media exposure have always been synonymous,” Aresco said in a statement. “The 2012-13 schedule is unmatched in the scope of national, regional and local telecasts.  Our coaches and student-athletes are committed to excellence at the highest level.  I know the upcoming season will be filled with outstanding and exciting play.”

For the conference, the season kicks off on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2012, with Cincinnati traveling to Pittsburgh at noon.

Marquette hosts Connecticut to follow up on New Year’s Day at 8 p.m.

Louisville, who will likely be among the favorites to win the conference with Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, and Gorgui Dieng returning, begins its conference slate hosting Providence on Jan. 2.

This upcoming season marks the final for Pittsburgh and Syracuse in the Big East before they move to the ACC for the 2013-14 season.

On Feb. 2, the Orange travel to Pittsburgh for a noon tip-off. Syracuse looks to reload after losing Fab Melo, Dion Waiters, Kris Joseph, and Scoop Jardine, while Pittsburgh welcomes two impact freshmen in James Robinson and Steven Adams.

To view the rest of the schedule released Wednesday, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. sanguillen35 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    A school sponsered study about claims of child abuse finds that the university failed to report the accusations to police (conducting their own investigation instead), a head coach that publicly attacked the accuser, evidence withheld for 8 years putting untold number of children at risk: this isn’t PSU it’s Syracuse basketball. Where’s the outrage? Where’s the media? Where’s the NCAA? It is evident that the media’s intense focus on the PSU scandal was driven by their effort to take the spotlight off of ESPN, a brother in arms, and Syracuse, the educational Mecca of sports journalism. Don’t get me wrong Sandusky should rot. So should anyone involved in a coverup that put a single child at risk, including Paterno, but the stench coming out of Centre County reeks no more badly than that of upstate New York. The outrage should be no different…Bob Costas.

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