Men's Basketball Conference Schedule Released

West Virginia's Big East conference men's basketball schedule was announced today by the league, and the Mountaineers appear to have gotten a bit of a break in the slate set forth as they begin to rebuild from the loss of the five players that were so vital to its resurgence on the national scene.

WVU will play Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Seton Hall twice in home and home series. However, the Mountaineers will avoid regular season matchups with Louisville and Syracuse. West Virginia will play Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Florida, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Villanova, St. John's and Connecticut once each. Five of the single game matchups will be on the road, with the other five coming at home.

The decisions regarding repeat opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries and television contractual obligations. All teams that did not meet last season will be meeting this year. All single-game home and away matchups from last year have been flipped for this season.

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."

The 2006-07 campaign will be the last season in which the Big East plays a 16-game conference slate. The league will move to an 18-game schedule in 2007-08 when each team will play every opponent once and three opponents twice.

Team Repeat Will Not Play
Cincinnati Georgetown, Rutgers, West Virginia Connecticut, Marquette
Connecticut Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse Cincinnati, Notre Dame
DePaul Notre Dame, St. John's, USF Providence, Seton Hall
Georgetown Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Villanova Providence, USF
Louisville Connecticut, Marquette, USF Rutgers, West Virginia
Marquette Louisville, Pittsburgh, Providence Cincinnati, St. John's
Notre Dame DePaul, USF, Villanova Connecticut, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Georgetown, Marquette, West Virginia Notre Dame, Rutgers
Providence Marquette, St. John's, Seton Hall DePaul, Georgetown
Rutgers Cincinnati, Connecticut, Seton Hall Louisville, Pittsburgh
St. John's DePaul, Providence, Syracuse Marquette, Villanova
Seton Hall Providence, Rutgers, West Virginia DePaul, Syracuse
USF DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame Georgetown, Villanova
Syracuse Connecticut, St. John's, Villanova Seton Hall, West Virginia
Villanova Georgetown, Notre Dame, Syracuse St. John's, USF
West Virginia Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall Louisville, Syracuse

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