Continuing a partnership that dates back to 1979, ESPN and the Big East Conference have announced the 2012 Big Monday and the entire 2011-12 men’s basketball schedule on the network’s various platforms. With ESPN having the rights to all of the men’s basketball games, games will be seen either on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the ESPN-owned Big East Network which syndicates games across the country to regional sports networks and over the air TV stations. This schedule covers just the main ESPN platforms. The Big East Network schedule will be announced at a later date. ESPN has the rights to at least 70 conference games and the entire Big East Conference Tournament.
In the meantime, we have the Big Monday and the ESPN TV schedules.
ESPN and the BIG EAST Conference announced its 2011-12 men’s college basketball television schedule for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Overall, the networks will combine to televise a minimum of 70 conference games plus an extensive schedule of non-conference matchups. Additional conference games may be added to the schedule.
A schedule for ESPN Regional Television’s produced and syndicated telecasts is to be determined. ESPN3.com will provide a simulcast of every ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television telecast.
Conference action will tip off on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. with Notre Dame at Pittsburgh on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. It will mark the first of four consecutive ESPN2 BIG EAST telecasts.
The schedule will be highlighted by the popular weekly Big Monday series beginning with a doubleheader of top teams Jan. 16: Louisville at Marquette at 3:30 p.m. ET and Pittsburgh at Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Five of the eight matchups will feature a showdown between teams ranked in ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz’s early men’s preseason top 25 poll.
BIG EAST Big Monday Schedule (all games on ESPN):
Date Time (ET) Game Jan. 16 3:30 p.m. No. 9 Louisville at No. 13 Marquette Jan. 16 7:30 p.m. No. 17 Pittsburgh at No. 4 Syracuse Jan. 23 7 p.m. No. 4 Syracuse at No. 19 Cincinnati Jan. 30 7 p.m. No. 17 Pittsburgh at West Virginia Feb. 6 7 p.m. No. 6 Connecticut at No. 9 Louisville Feb. 13 7 p.m. No. 4 Syracuse at No. 9 Louisville Feb. 20 7 p.m. No. 6 Connecticut at Villanova Feb. 27 7 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgetown
- The Saturday lineup features two Saturday Primetime telecasts and stops by College GameDay: Louisville at Pittsburgh Jan. 21 and Syracuse at Connecticut Feb. 25. Both games will tip off at 9 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay is hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight. The two-hour Saturday morning edition is aired on ESPNU at 10 a.m. and continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN while the one-hour evening edition at 8 p.m. is on ESPN.
- The schedule includes 63 appearances by the six teams ranked in Katz’s early preseason top 25 poll (No. 4 Syracuse, No. 6 Connecticut, No. 9 Louisville, No. 13 Marquette, No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 19 Cincinnati), including 14 games pitting ranked teams against each other.
- For the first time ever, ESPNU will televise four Monday night BIG EAST games, all at 9 p.m.: Cincinnati at Georgetown (Jan. 9); Notre Dame at Rutgers (Jan. 16); Marquette at DePaul (Feb. 6); and DePaul at St. John’s (Feb. 20).
- In March, ESPN will once again televise all 15 games of the BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU 2011-12 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Schedule
Dates, times and television listings subject to change
Date Time (ET) Game Network Tue, Dec 27 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Wed, Dec 28 7 p.m. Georgetown at Louisville ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Fri, Dec 30 9 p.m. West Virginia at Seton Hall ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Sat, Dec 31 2 p.m. Providence at Georgetown ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Sun, Jan 1 1 p.m. Villanova at Marquette ESPNU Tue, Jan 3 7 p.m. Louisville at St. John’s ESPNU Wed, Jan 4 7 p.m. Marquette at Georgetown ESPNU Thu, Jan 5 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at DePaul ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Sat, Jan 7 4 p.m. Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU Mon, Jan 9 7 p.m. West Virginia at Connecticut ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 9 p.m. Cincinnati at Georgetown ESPNU Tue, Jan 10 7 p.m. Louisville at Providence ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Wed, Jan 11 7 p.m. Syracuse at Villanova ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. St. John’s at Marquette ESPNU Sat, Jan 14 11 a.m. Connecticut at Notre Dame ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Marquette ESPNU Mon, Jan 16 3:30 p.m. Louisville at Marquette ESPN / ESPN3.com 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Syracuse ESPN / ESPN3.com 9 p.m. Notre Dame at Rutgers ESPNU Tue, Jan 17 7 p.m. Georgetown at DePaul ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Wed, Jan 18 7 p.m. Cincinnati at Connecticut ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. Seton Hall at Villanova ESPNU Sat, Jan 21 1 p.m. Villanova at St. John’s ESPNU 3 p.m. Cincinnati at West Virginia ESPNU 6 p.m. Syracuse at Notre Dame ESPN / ESPN3.com 9 p.m. Louisville at Pittsburgh ESPN / ESPN3.com Mon, Jan 23 7 p.m. Syracuse at Cincinnati ESPN / ESPN3.com Wed, Jan 25 7 p.m. Villanova at Louisville ESPN / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. West Virginia at St. John’s ESPNU Sat, Jan 28 Noon Marquette at Villanova ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 1 p.m. West Virginia at Syracuse ESPNU 4 p.m. Georgetown at Pittsburgh ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Mon, Jan 30 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at West Virginia ESPN / ESPN3.com Wed, Feb 1 7 p.m. Connecticut at Georgetown ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. Rutgers at Providence ESPNU Sat, Feb 4 11 a.m. South Florida at Georgetown ESPNU Noon Syracuse at St. John’s ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Sun, Feb 5 2 p.m. Villanova at Pittsburgh ESPN / ESPN3.com Mon, Feb 6 7 p.m. Connecticut at Louisville ESPN / ESPN3.com 9 p.m. Marquette at DePaul ESPNU Wed, Feb 8 7 p.m. Georgetown at Syracuse ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. Cincinnati at St. John’s ESPNU 9 p.m. Seton Hall at Rutgers ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 9 p.m. Notre Dame at West Virginia ESPNU Sat, Feb 11 Noon Louisville at West Virginia ESPN / ESPN3.com 3 p.m. Cincinnati at Marquette ESPNU Sun, Feb 12 1 p.m. St. John’s at Georgetown ESPN / ESPN3.com Mon, Feb 13 7 p.m. Syracuse at Louisville ESPN / ESPN3.com Wed, Feb 15 7 p.m. Villanova at South Florida ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. Rutgers at Notre Dame ESPNU 9 p.m. Providence at Cincinnati ESPNU Thu, Feb 16 9 p.m. West Virginia at Pittsburgh ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Sat, Feb 18 Noon Marquette at Connecticut ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 or 9 p.m. Notre Dame at Villanova ESPNU Sun, Feb 19 1 p.m. Syracuse at Rutgers ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. South Florida at Pittsburgh ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Mon, Feb 20 7 p.m. Connecticut at Villanova ESPN / ESPN3.com 9 p.m. DePaul at St. John’s ESPNU Wed, Feb 22 7 p.m. West Virginia at Notre Dame ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Thu, Feb 23 9 p.m. Louisville at Cincinnati ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Fri, Feb 24 9 p.m. Marquette at West Virginia ESPN / ESPN3.com Sat, Feb 25 Noon Notre Dame at St. John’s ESPN / ESPN3.com 5 p.m. Rutgers at Seton Hall ESPNU 9 p.m. Syracuse at Connecticut ESPN / ESPN3.com Mon, Feb 27 7 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgetown ESPN / ESPN3.com Wed, Feb 29 7 p.m. Marquette at Cincinnati ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 7 p.m. St. John’s at Pittsburgh ESPNU Thu, Mar 1 9 p.m. Villanova at Rutgers ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com Sat, Mar 3 Noon Pittsburgh at Connecticut ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com 2 p.m. Cincinnati at Villanova ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
There you have it.