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Breaking down the Big East schedule

6/24/2010

When you’ve got 16 teams to maneuver through a conference schedule, "fair and balanced" tends to go out the window.

So now that the Big East has released its conference schedule for the 2010-11 season, including the three repeat opponents each school will play, someone will cry foul.

Syracuse, for example, has to play Georgetown, Villanova and sleeper Seton Hall twice (plus travel to Louisville, Marquette and Connecticut), while Villanova, one of the favorites, has repeats with Georgetown and Pittsburgh but has a slightly easier road slate.

But the truth is, this year it’s really hard to tell what’s easy and what’s hard. With a number of Big East stars in New York City tonight, waiting for their names to be called in the NBA draft, the league is in a state of flux.

Pittsburgh, an overachieving team a year ago, will be the likely preseason favorite, but the pecking order of the conference won't be nearly so cut and dry.

Which means whether you think this schedule is fair or not, it ought to be entertaining.

Note: Repeat opponents in italics

CINCINNATI

Home: Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, West Virginia

Away: DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Syracuse, Villanova

CONNECTICUT

Home: Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

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

DEPAUL

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

GEORGETOWN

Home: Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

LOUISVILLE

Home: Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

MARQUETTE

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

Away: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova

NOTRE DAME

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova

Away: Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

PITTSBURGH

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

PROVIDENCE

Home: Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova

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

RUTGERS

Home: Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova

ST. JOHN’S

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse

Away: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

SETON HALL

Home: Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

Away: Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia

SOUTH FLORIDA

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

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, West Virginia

SYRACUSE

Home: Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova

VILLANOVA

Home: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away: Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

WEST VIRGINIA

Home: Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF

Away: Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova