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The Big East is usually one of the last conferences to get its schedule arranged because so many Big East schools play all or some of their games in arenas that are also home to NBA and NHL teams. The NBA and NHL teams get to pick their dates first and then the college teams like Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall and St. John's get to choose from the leftovers.
Well, this year the NBA didn't release its schedule until after LeBron James (and all of his fellow 2010 free agents) decided who they would sign with. That pushed the release of the NBA schedule back a couple weeks from its usual mid-summer announcement.