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2014 Big East Basketball Schedule Released

At long last, we can dissect how Villanova is going to go 18-0 in the league this season!

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The Big East has released the 2013-14 men's basketball schedule for your analyzing pleasure. You can view the full composite schedule on the Providence Journal's website. Villanova's conference games are listed below.

2013-14 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Conference Schedule

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV
Tuesday, December 31 at Butler 730p FOX Sports 1
Sunday, Jan. 5 Providence 7p FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Seton Hall 7p CBSSN
Saturday, Jan. 11 at St. John's 7p FOX Sports 1
Saturday, Jan. 18 DePaul 4p FSN National
Monday, Jan. 20 Creighton (WF) 7p FOX Sports 1
Saturday, Jan. 25 at Marquette 2p FOX Sports 1
Monday, Jan. 27 at Georgetown 9p FOX Sports 1
Monday, Feb. 3 Xavier 7p FOX Sports 1
Friday, Feb. 7 Seton Hall 7p FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at DePaul 7p FOX Sports 1
Sunday, Feb. 16 at Creighton 5p FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Providence 7p FOX Sports 1
Saturday, Feb. 22 St. John's (WF) 130p FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, Feb. 26 Butler 8p FOX Sports 1
Sunday, March 2 Marquette (WF) 2p CBS
Thursday, March 6 at Xavier 9p FOX Sports 1
Saturday, March 8 Georgetown (WF) 1p FOX Sports 1

Wednesday, March 12
BIG EAST First Round 7:00 FOX Sports 1
BIG EAST First Round 9:30 FOX Sports 1

Thursday, March 13
BIG EAST Quarterfinals 1:00 FOX Sports 1
BIG EAST Quarterfinals 3:30 FOX Sports 1
BIG EAST Quarterfinals 7:00 FOX Sports 1
BIG EAST Quarterfinals 9:30 FOX Sports 1

Friday, March 14
BIG EAST Semifinals 7:00 FOX Sports 1
BIG EAST Semifinals 9:30 FOX Sports 1

Saturday, March 15
BIG EAST Championship Game 8:30 FOX Sports 1

Instant Analysis: Villanova plans to play four conference games at the Wells Fargo Center, against Creighton, St. John's, Georgetown and Marquette. Both Georgetown and Marquette have been hosted at the WFC before to good success, but whether the Nebraska-based Creighton proves a draw in Philadelphia remains to be discovered. They are a good team that can compete at the top of the league, however, so Villanova will hope the hype there sells tickets.

We can assume that Nova will also play Syracuse in the city, since the Orange have always helped to pack the arena when they play at Nova.

Almost all of Villanova's games are being picked up on Fox Sports 1, with Seton Hall getting shipped off to CBS Sports Network and Marquette getting sold to the over-the-air CBS mothership. The latter will be a great chance at national exposure whether or not the TV dials ever switch over to Fox Sports 1 this season. One game will also appear on FSN National.

Scheduling two of the Wells Fargo games during Spring Break may prove to be a mistake for Nova. That's two of the biggest draws at the biggest arena on the schedule that will be minimized in their impact by having a diminished student presence. Why Villanova ever moved away from scheduling Spring Break to coincide with the Big East tournament is a mystery. Under that arrangement, students were generally on campus for the bulk of the conference schedule and had the freedom to travel to New York City for a week to attend the tournament (without missing classes) if they could obtain tickets.

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