Marquette releases full Big East schedule

Marquette’s 2015-16 schedule is finally complete. The Golden Eagles and Big East released the entire conference slate Tuesday afternoon. Marquette kicks off the conference season with a visit from Seton Hall Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. They conclude the regular season with a trip to Indianapolis to face the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday, Mar. 5

Here are some quick notes on the schedule before taking a deeper dive into the conference slate.

The Golden Eagles will have 10 conference games televised on Fox Sports 1 and another three on CBS Sports Network. At least one game will be televised on Fox. The final three or four (the Butler game Mar. 5 is the uncertainty) games will be televised by Fox Sports Regional. Marquette plays 10 games on Saturdays (five of which at home), six games on Wednesdays and two games on Tuesdays.

After hosting Seton Hall, the Golden Eagles hit the road for their first of three two-game road trips against Georgetown and Providence. Both the Hoyas and Friars finished in the top-four in the conference and return plenty of talent.

Marquette’s first Saturday home game of the conference schedule is Jan. 9 against St. John’s. Following the matchup with the Red Storm, Marquette takes on conference favorite Villanova in Philadelphia.

The Golden Eagles then come home for two home games against Xavier and DePaul. The Musketeers are one of the most talented teams entering the season and the Blue Demons knocked off Marquette on the road last year.

After that two-game home stand, the Golden Eagles alternate road and home games at St. John’s, vs. Butler, at Seton Hall and vs. Xavier. After welcoming Providence to Milwaukee Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Golden Eagles play Creighton for the first time all season at home three days later, then travel to DePaul Saturday, Feb. 20 before playing the Bluejays for the second time in 11 days in Omaha. Marquette technically has a week off between conference the St. John’s rematch and the Butler home game, but that is broken up by a visit from Stetson Jan. 27.

Marquette’s final three home games could be the most challenging. The best candidate for National Marquette Day seems to be a Feb. 27 tilt against Villanova. Al’s Day would likely be three days later in Marquette’s home finale against Georgetown. Then, Marquette concludes the season against Butler.

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