Rutgers will do battle against the Bearcats of Cincinnati, the Huskies of Connecticut, and the Pirates of Seton Hall, twice. The Scarlet Knights will not face Louisville or Pittsburgh at all in conference action.
The 2006-2007 season will be the second such season in a row where each team will play a 16-game conference schedule. All teams will square off against 10 opponents once and must play three opponents twice. The coming season will be the last season for the BIG EAST to have a 16-game conference slate. The subsequent season will see the conference move to an 18-game schedule when each team will play every opponent once and three opponents twice."This schedule is more balanced competitively than last year, especially at the perceived top of the conference," said Commissioner Michael Tranghese. "With the strength and depth that we've shown as a 16-team league, we were still able to produce a large number of marquee matchups without simply forcing the perceived top three or four teams to play only each other twice."