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Big East could use a few more challenges

The Big East's non-conference schedule is once again filled with too many gimmies and not enough true tests of its best teams.

Updated: December 12, 2002, 12:22 PM ET
By Gregg Doyel | Special to ESPN.com

The Big East takes on all comers in basketball -- all comers named St. Francis. Pittsburgh is playing St. Francis (Pa.), while Seton Hall and St. John's are playing St. Francis (N.Y.).

The Big East also is big on Norfolk State. Both Pittsburgh and Georgetown are playing the Spartans, who are highly coveted because of their propensity to -- let's be honest -- lose.

The Big East plays some of the best basketball in the country. If only its members would play more of the best basketball ...

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