By John Fanta
FOX Sports activities Faculty Basketball Author
The 2022-23 Massive East schedule dropped Friday, with the slate that includes 20 video games on FOX.
Moreover, a spotlight to final season’s protection is again with FS1’s “Massive East Opening Night time Tip-Off,” which is able to characteristic whip-around protection of season openers for eight groups on Nov. 7.
The convention season will as soon as once more result in the forty first consecutive Massive East Event at Madison Sq. Backyard, with protection on FS1 from March 8-10 and the championship recreation airing on FOX March 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
With the entire schedule listed right here, we’ve acquired a rundown of the highest 10 video games to observe within the Massive East this upcoming season, in chronological order.
Saturday, Dec. 17 – Windfall at Seton Corridor – 12:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Ed Cooley and the reigning Massive East common season champions open up their convention slate with a go to to Newark to fulfill Shaheen Holloway’s Pirates. No one shined fairly like Holloway this previous March Insanity, with the 45-year-old main 15-seed Saint Peter’s on an Elite Eight run that can go down as top-of-the-line in NCAA Event historical past. These two groups determine to be battling within the logjam of the convention following Creighton, Villanova and Xavier, so it is a important method for each groups to start out Massive East play.
Sunday, Dec. 25 – DePaul at Creighton – 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
It is school basketball on Christmas Day. The nationwide FOX publicity for the convention is a brilliant TV transfer by the Massive East, which has seen main success prior to now when paired with the NFL.
This recreation will observe the Christmas Day showdown between the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins from Exhausting Rock Stadium at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.
It gives certainly one of many nationwide highlight alternatives for the Bluejays, who’re the consensus frontrunner within the Massive East heading into the season and will very effectively be a top-10 crew within the nation. Upset-minded DePaul enters 12 months two underneath Tony Stubblefield.
Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Villanova at UConn – 6:30 p.m. ET, FS1
This will probably be a really anticipated matchup off the vacation break. When the Wildcats and Huskies met final 12 months in Hartford, UConn overcame a Dan Hurley ejection and four-point deficit with 21 seconds left to shock Jay Wright and Villanova. Now, it is Kyle Neptune on the sideline main the Cats, who might very effectively be a top-15 crew within the nation once more. On the opposite aspect, the Huskies enter an important season after one other disappointing March, and this early-season convention matchup on the XL Heart might function a launching pad for the marketing campaign. It is also a rematch of the Massive East Event semifinals.
Saturday, Dec. 31 – UConn at Xavier – Midday ET, FOX
I like this one. With the countdown at 12 hours earlier than a brand new 12 months begins, the Huskies and Musketeers squaring off in Cincinnati ought to make for a tremendous ambiance on the Cintas Heart. Sean Miller is again at Xavier, and the Musketeers look the a part of a doable top-20 crew. The Huskies will probably be persevering with certainly one of their hardest weeks of the season on this showdown. If you happen to like massive man play, that is the sport for you. UConn’s Adama Sanogo might win Massive East Participant of the 12 months, and it will likely be fascinating to see who joins him within the frontcourt. Xavier counters with a very dynamic 1-2 punch in Jack Nunge and Zach Freemantle.
Wednesday, Jan. 4 – UConn at Windfall – 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1
There are lots of layers to the rivalry between the Huskies and Friars. The most important one, which is restricted to the 2 groups assembly in Rhode Island, is that they haven’t squared off at Windfall with followers within the constructing. Final 12 months, regardless of quite a few efforts to make the sport occur between each packages, it by no means got here to fruition. That led to loads of banter between the 2 groups and their fan bases, which makes this showdown a calendar date to circle. The opposite layer to this rivalry is that Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley used to fulfill within the Windfall/Rhode Island recreation when Hurley was at his earlier cease. Any time these two contrasting personalities meet, it makes for some hoops theater. It is a weeknight recreation to observe within the first days of 2023.
Friday, Jan. 13 – Villanova at Butler – 7 p.m. ET, FS1
Friday evening school basketball at Hinkle Fieldhouse? The place’s Gene Hackman once we want him? This matchup between the Wildcats and Bulldogs is fascinating for a wide range of causes. First, Thad Matta is again at Butler after 5 years away from school hoops. With Chuck Harris and Simas Lukosius again in addition to NC State switch Manny Bates highlighting a number of offseason upgrades, the Dawgs could possibly be a sleeper within the convention. It is a Friday evening battle that might function validation. On the opposite aspect, Villanova has notoriously had a troublesome time profitable at Hinkle and the ambiance needs to be electrical. In truth, the Wildcats have misplaced 4 of their final six video games at Butler. It is a good school hoops weekend table-setter.
Friday, Jan. 20 – Villanova at St. John’s – 7 p.m. ET, FS1
Are you able to inform we just like the Friday evening window? This matchup between two historic manufacturers will come at Madison Sq. Backyard to tip off the weekend of school hoops motion. It’s a giant season for St. John’s. Mike Anderson heads into his fourth 12 months on the helm with the stress in place to get the Purple Storm to the NCAA Event, one thing he hasn’t completed so far. Posh Alexander and Illinois switch Andre Curbelo headline SJU’s backcourt whereas DePaul switch David Jones is the third-leading returning scorer within the convention. Villanova performs a really totally different, deliberate fashion from the Johnnies’ “40 minutes of hell,” turnover-based scheme. It makes for an intriguing primetime recreation in Manhattan, and a treasured resume alternative for the Purple Storm.
Saturday, Feb. 4 – Villanova at Creighton – 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX
The battle of the potential high two groups within the convention in primetime on massive broadcast TV from Omaha? That can play. It’s very sensible scheduling by the Massive East to position each matchups between the Wildcats and Bluejays in February. The added factor of that timing? Wildcats star Justin Moore is on tempo to probably return to motion by then coming off his achilles harm suffered within the NCAA Event towards Houston. Talking of the matchups in February, the second recreation between these two groups will come three weeks in a while Feb. 25 inside Wells Fargo Heart at Midday ET on FOX.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – Villanova at Windfall – 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
The newly named Amica Sports activities Pavilion – previously referred to as The Dunk – needs to be well-served and rocking for a Wildcats/Friars early night matchup. It’s a battle of the reigning common season champions towards the reigning event champions within the convention. When these two groups final met in Rhode Island, Collin Gillespie put up 33 factors to cost Villanova to an enormous highway win. The efficiency was capped with this dagger.
Gillespie is gone, creating an fascinating storyline to how the Wildcats backcourt will operate within the upcoming season. Jared Bynum will cost the Friars.
Saturday, March 4 – Wild Card Saturday!
We cheated a little bit bit right here. The ultimate Saturday of Massive East play collectively needs to be a dandy. There needs to be main convention event implications. The highest 5 groups within the league get a primary spherical bye, whereas the opposite six should play on Wednesday at MSG. Right here’s what the slate appears to be like like. There will probably be three contests televised on FOX on March 4, with the opposite two video games touchdown on FS1. The marquee matchup airs in primetime on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET when Villanova hosts UConn on the Wells Fargo Heart. What a time for these two longtime rivals to sq. off. May or not it’s a convention event preview? Right here’s what the remainder of the day appears to be like like.
St. John’s at Marquette (FOX/FS1)
Butler at Xavier (FOX/FS1)
Seton Corridor at Windfall (FOX/FS1)
Creighton at DePaul (FOX/FS1)
That’s a wrap on the listing. Beneath is your entire Massive East on FOX schedule (all occasions ET):
- Dec. 10 Villanova vs. Boston Faculty 5 p.m.
- Dec. 17 Windfall at Seton Corridor 12:30 p.m.
- Dec. 25 DePaul at Creighton 4:30 p.m.
- Dec. 31 Connecticut at Xavier Midday
- Jan. 7 Creighton at Connecticut Midday
- Jan. 15 Marquette at Xavier Midday/4:30 p.m.
- Jan. 16 Georgetown at Villanova Midday
- Jan. 22 Butler at Connecticut (XL) Midday* (could air on FS1 resulting from NFL)
- Feb. 4 St. John’s at Xavier 5 p.m.
- Villanova at Creighton 7:30 p.m.
- Feb. 11 Windfall at St. John’s (MSG) Midday
- Connecticut at Creighton 2 p.m.
- Feb. 18 Seton Corridor at Connecticut (XL) Midday
- Villanova at Windfall 4:30 p.m.
- Feb. 25 Creighton at Villanova (WF) Midday
- Feb. 26 Windfall at Georgetown 12:30 p.m.
- March 4 Wildcard #1 TBD
- Wildcard #2 TBD
- Connecticut at Villanova (WF) 7:30 p.m.
John Fanta is a nationwide school basketball broadcaster and author for FOX Sports activities. He covers the game in a wide range of capacities, from calling video games on FS1 to serving as lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Community to offering commentary on The Subject of 68 Media Community. Comply with him on Twitter @John_Fanta.
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