Favorable Home Schedule for UConn Men

With the Connecticut men's basketball team banned from the NCAA tournament and the Big East tournament in 2013, the Huskies will have to adjust their team goals heading into the 2012-13 season. At the top of that list will be winning the Big East regular season conference championship.

That won't be an easy task. It never is. In the ultra competitive Big East, coaches and players search for the slightest possible advantage and the schedule announced by the conference office Thursday gives the Huskies a bit of a favorable home lineup.

UConn's only matchups against Louisville, Syracuse, Georgetown, Rutgers and Villanova will be home games. The Huskies will play Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's and Seton Hall on the road.

Each Big East team gets four repeat opponents and UConn's home-and-home series will be against Cincinnati, DePaul, Providence and USF.

With West Virginia gone to the Big 12 Conference, the Big East will move on with 15 league teams. Each will play 10 league opponents once and four opponents twice. Nine of UConn's conference games will be against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season.

The selection of repeat opponents is based on television contractual obligations, the projected strength of teams, competitive balance, rivalries, geography, and schedule history. Of the 30 home-and-home series, only seven are the same as last season. UConn's repeat opponents last season were Syracuse, Notre Dame and Seton Hall.

This will be the final Big East season for Syracuse and Pittsburgh, both headed to the ACC in 2013-14. UConn's final Big East home game against Syracuse will be at home. The Huskies will travel to Pitt. Two of the Big East's greatest rivalries will end with those games.

The complete Big East schedule, including venues, game dates, starting times and television plans, will be released at a later date.

Here is the complete Big East men's 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


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