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Big East opponents announced!

The BIG EAST Conference announced this afternoon the final decisions on which opponents each school will play home and away in men's basketball for the 2012-13 season. Thanks to the sudden departure of West Virginia from the conference, each member of the (temporarily) 15-team league will play four opponents twice this season.

The 135 game regular-season conference schedule has each team will set to play either nine or 10 out of 18 league games against teams that appeared in last Spring's NCAA tournament (Villanova will play 10). All 135 regular-season conference games will be televised, either by the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports.

The decisions regarding repeat opponents are driven by a poll of coaches taken at the end of the season, which divides the league into tiers to produce competitive match-ups and scheduling, and it is influenced, "within the parameters of television selections and geographic rivalries."

For Villanova, the four repeat-opponents will be Pittsburgh, Providence, South Florida and Syracuse. This is the second consecutive year in which Villanova will face USF at home and on the road.

The full 2012-13 conference schedule with dates, times and television selections was not announced. The Big East expects to announce those in September, around the same time as the Wildcats’ release a completed 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule.

2012-13 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Schedule Breakdown

CINCINNATI
Home Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova
Away Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse
CONNECTICUT
Home Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
Away Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF
DE PAUL
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova
Away Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse
GEORGETOWN
Home DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall,Syracuse
Away Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
LOUISVILLE
Home Cincinnati, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF,Syracuse
Away Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
MARQUETTE
Home Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall,USF, Syracuse
Away Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova
NOTRE DAME
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova
Away Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse
PITTSBURGH
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse,Villanova
Away Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s,Villanova
PROVIDENCE
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Seton Hall,Syracuse, Villanova
Away Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse,Villanova
RUTGERS
Home Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF
Away Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova
ST. JOHN’S
Home Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF
Away Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova
SETON HALL
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
Away DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence,Rutgers, St. John’s
USF
Home Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova
Away Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova
SYRACUSE
Home Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s,Villanova
Away Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova
VILLANOVA
Home Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF,Syracuse
Away Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF,Syracuse

Each school’s four repeat opponents are in italics