Big East: A look at the schools' travel

Eric Francis

The addition of Xavier, Butler, and Creighton to the BIG EAST came as no surprise to anyone who follows VU Hoops.

Those schools increase the conference's reach into the midwest solidifying the cities of Cincinnati and Indianpolis but also move the conference west of the Mississippi and into Nebraska.

Putting the schools on the map, one quickly notices a Northeast Corridor of Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Providence- as the schools are based near the major metropolises of Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Providence where the longest distance between schools is 372 miles.

The other five schools quickly create a MidWest grouping where Creighton's Omaha location puts the nearest opponent 416 miles away. The Blue Jays will indeed travel the most as they make the move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the new BIG EAST as they will log over 7,500 [one-way] miles visiting the other nine schools.

Georgetown will have the shortest distance traveled with 4,000 miles.

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Here are the Travel Distances (by opponent and total) for each of the 10 schools...


BU CU DP GTown Marq PC SHU SJU Nova X
Butler 0 517 178 476 238 792 644 660 588 99 4192
Creighton 517 0 416 988 426 1265 1134 1148 1088 614 7596
DePaul 178 416 0 589 67 849 719 733 678 265 4494
Georgetown 476 988 589 0 611 372 212 229 135 388 4000
Marquette 238 426 67 611 0 846 725 738 690 318 4659
Providence 792 1265 849 372 846 0 160 143 237 722 5386
Seton Hall 644 1134 719 212 725 160 0 17 80 569 4260
St. John's 660 1148 733 229 738 143 17 0 95 585 4348
Villanova 588 1088 678 135 690 237 80 95 0 507 4098
Xavier 99 614 265 388 318 722 569 585 507 0 4067

4192 7596 4494 4000 4659 5386 4260 4348 4098 4067

Do you plan on making a trip to watch Villanova play at one of the new schools?

For home airports, the following were used for consistency,

Butler- IND
Creighton- OMA
DePaul- ORD
Georgetown- IAD
Marquette- MKE
Providence- PVD
Seton Hall- EWR
St. John's- LGA
Villanova- PHL
Xavier- CVG

All distances are one-way and in nautical miles assuming direct, non-stop flights.

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