Big East Men’s Basketball Schedule: Week Four
We’ve been through HOLIDAY WEEK ~! Due to all of this high-quality clash over the past 10 days or so, things are getting a bit calm around these games for most of this week. Friday and Saturday are pretty important days, however.
Wednesday December 1: Providence Friars vs RV Texan technology Red Raiders (7:30 p.m. Central, FS1) – Yes, it’s true, the Great East/ Big 12 Battle begins Wednesday night. I maintain that this event would be more fun if it could be limited to a day or at least a weekend, or heck, because we will get there next week, even a full week. That’s not what happens though, so we’re just going to enjoy the games as they unfold. Here the Brethren are hosting a team winning votes in this week’s AP poll, so it’s a great opportunity for PC. They’re 6-1 with an increasingly impressive road win over Wisconsin and a not-so-inspiring loss to Virginia on neutral ground, so getting that W would be a big deal. Tech will come undefeated, but they have yet to play a KenPom.com among the 240 best teams this season or play a real game on the road.
Friday December 3: Georgetown Hoyas at Creighton Bluejays (noon Central, FloHoops.com) – I emphasize this for one reason only, but there is a funny secondary reason. This is the Big East Conference’s first game for women’s basketball this season, which is why it’s here. The funny secondary reason is that the game was moved to the CHI Health Center in Omaha in order to release DJ Sokol Arena due to the NCAA tournament volleyball games on Thursday and Friday. It’ll likely be an odd experience, considering the Bluejays have averaged less than 900 fans per home game this season AND it’s a midday start, but it’s still pretty neat for both teams to play in. the big arena that CU’s men’s hoops team play on a regular basis.
Friday December 3: St. John’s Red Storm vs # 8 Kansas Jayhawks (6 p.m. Central, FS1) – This one comes to you live from Long Island’s new UBS Arena, aka the brand new home of the New York Islanders. I’m not sure why St. John’s chose to play the game there over Madison Square Garden or even Carnesecca Arena, but there you go. Hopefully the home court advantage transfers and that doesn’t somehow turn into 10,000 Jayhawks fans screaming their hearts out.
Saturday December 4: VR Royal Eagles Marquette against # 23 Wisconsin Badgers (11:30 am Central, Fox) – I’m not saying Fox took a hiatus from this upcoming game with one team receiving AP votes and the other team dropping from no votes last week to the top 25 this week, but you definitely won’t hear a Fox. Sports the executive does not complain either. It will be both Marquette’s first real road game of the season and the first time for new head coach Shaka Smart to lead the Golden Eagles to the Kohl Center. Before the season, I would have said that MU had a pretty good chance of knocking out the Badgers at the Kohl Center, and after Providence did so earlier this season, I was feeling pretty good about the idea. But Johnny Davis missed that PC game for Wisconsin, and this guy is on an absolute radiator right now, which is how Wisconsin knocked out a much-loved Houston team to get into the top 25.
Saturday December 4: DePaul Blue Demons vs RV Loyola Chicago Ramblers (3 p.m. Central, FS1) – It’s set-up or shutdown time for DePaul as they set their record at 6-0 to start the season. They have a victory over Rutgers it seems less impressive per second, and a bunch of wins over some directional schools. This battle for supremacy in Chicago gives them both a chance to show what’s going on to their crosstown rivals and to make a major national statement.
Saturday December 4: Creighton Bluejays vs # 19 Iowa State Cyclones (8 p.m. Central, FS1) – At a glance, at the start of the season it looked like a really good setup for the Big East / Big 12 battle. Both teams with a lot of question marks and this match would give both teams a chance to say. something about themselves. Now that has turned into a match against a ranked opponent for Creighton and a ‘are you real? Game for the state of Iowa. As long as the Cyclones overtake Arkansas Pine Bluff earlier in the week, they’ll be 7-0 with wins over three Major Seven opponents in this one, and that includes a W against Xavier. Can Creighton find a way to make a statement for himself and the whole of the Grand Est in this game?
Sunday December 5: # 2 Connecticut Huskies against # 24 Irish Combatant of Notre Dame (11h Central, FS1) – Listen, if Geno Auriemma continues to schedule the best non-conference games for his team, we’re going to keep highlighting them. In this case we are taking a break as the Irish have just jumped into the top 25 this week after beating the Georgia team which crushed Marquette. and then- # 16 Oregon State at that same Daytona Beach Invitational where the Golden Eagles were. As you read this, UConn hasn’t played since collapsing against South Carolina and they won’t be playing until they make it to Seton Hall on Friday. It will be a quick turnaround after a long layoff and a game on the road, so it will be interesting to see how they handle it.
Here is the full men’s basketball schedule for the week!
Big East MBB Program: Week 4
|Tuesday, November 30||Butler vs. Saginaw Valley State||4:00 p.m.||FS1|
|# 17 Connecticut vs Maryland Eastern Shore||6:00 p.m.||CBS Sports Network|
|Georgetown vs. Longwood||6:00 p.m.||FS2|
|RV Marquette vs. Jackson State||20:00||CBS Sports Network|
|Creighton vs. North Dakota State||20:00||FS2|
|Wednesday December 1||RV Xavier vs. Central Michigan||5:30 p.m.||FS1|
|# 25 Seton Hall vs. Wagner||6:00 p.m.||FS2|
|# 6 Villanova at Penn||6:00 p.m.||ESPN +|
|Providence vs. RV Texas Tech||7:30 p.m.||FS1|
|Friday 3 December||St. John’s vs. # 8 Kansas||6:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Saturday 4 December||# 25 Seton Hall vs. Nyack College||11:00||FS2|
|RV Marquette at # 23 Wisconsin||11:30 AM||Fox|
|# 6 Villanova vs. Saint-Joseph||11:00||FS1|
|Providence vs. Rhode Island||11:00||CBS Sports Network|
|# 17 Connecticut vs Grambling State||4:00 p.m.||FS2|
|DePaul vs. RV Loyola Chicago||15:00||FS1|
|Creighton vs. # 19 State of Iowa||20:00||FS1|
|Sunday 5 December||Georgetown in South Carolina||1:00 p.m.||SEC Network|
|RV Xavier in Oklahoma State||5:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|St. John’s vs. Fordham||6:00 p.m.||FS1|