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September 5, 2013

BIG EAST Conference Announces 2013-14 Schedule

The BIG EAST announced its 2013-14 conference basketball schedule on Thursday afternoon, completing the St. John's men's basketball slate for the upcoming campaign, including league game dates, tip times and television information.

FOX Sports also announced game times and broadcast data for several non-conference contests, and the remainder of the Red Storm non-conference broadcast schedule will be announced shortly.

To date, St. John's is slated to play in 23 nationally-televised games in 2013-14, with a majority coming on America's newest national sports network and BIG EAST Conference partner, FOX Sports 1. Two additional conference contests will be nationally-televised on the CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports Network (national) will air one league matchup and FOX Sports Network (regional) will carry a pair of non-conference games.

New York's Team will showcase its talented and veteran roster to basketball fans all throughout the city with games at Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and Carnesecca Arena before and after the New Year. The Red Storm has New York City covered in 2013-14, with nine home games at the newly-renovated "World's Most Famous Arena," and 11 at Carnesecca Arena on the St. John's campus in Queens. In addition, the Red Storm plays three neutral site games at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center.

In all, St. John's could play 17 regular season games in 2013-14 against teams that participated in the postseason in 2012-13 (NCAA - Bucknell, Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Villanova, Wisconsin; NIT - Providence; CIT - Youngstown State). By comparison, the Red Storm looked to face 19 such squads headed into last season and finished the year with the No. 37 strength of schedule in the nation.

The BIG EAST will ring in the New Year - and a new era of college hoops - with a five-game telecast marathon stretching from noon to Midnight on Dec. 31. The New Year's Eve games, which will be televised consecutively by the conference's media partner FOX Sports 1, will tip off the BIG EAST's 2013-14 men's basketball conference schedule, which was released today.

As part of the BIG EAST's landmark partnership with FOX Sports, every BIG EAST conference game will be televised on national and regional networks, with the majority to air on FOX Sports 1, which began broadcasting to approximately 90 million homes across the country on Aug. 17.

Led by the legendary announcing team of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery, who has been calling BIG EAST basketball for over thirty years, FOX Sports 1 will nationally televise more than 100 games involving BIG EAST teams this coming season, beginning with non-conference play on Friday, Nov. 8 and extending through the entire 2014 BIG EAST tournament at Madison Square Garden from March 12-15.

From the BIG EAST's version of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball drop through the fireworks of the annual BIG EAST Tournament in the World's Most Famous Arena, the 2013-14 conference schedule will be a months-long celebration of the BIG EAST's return to its basketball roots," said BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman. "We have 10 outstanding teams with rich traditions of basketball excellence, and our comprehensive partnership with FOX Sports will ensure that our fans across the country can enjoy every moment of BIG EAST action."

Tuesday night will be a BIG EAST TUESDAY SHOWDOWN on FOX Sports 1, as the network showcases at least one BIG EAST game each Tuesday during the season. The Tuesday schedule concludes with a March 4 doubleheader featuring Creighton at Georgetown and Marquette at Providence.

Additional highlights of the 2013-14 schedule include:

  • Each team will play an 18-game schedule, marking the first time since 1994-95 that the league will feature a full double round-robin format.

  • The New Year's Eve marathon will feature all 10 teams, including the first BIG EAST home games for the conference's newest members: Butler, Creighton and Xavier. The marathon will tip off with St. John's at Xavier at noon, followed by Seton Hall at Providence at 2:30 p.m., DePaul at Georgetown at 5 p.m., Villanova at Butler at 7:30 p.m. and Marquette at Creighton at 10 p.m.

  • FOX Sports 1 will air A SUPER SATURDAY HOOPS doubleheader, featuring Marquette vs. St. John's and Michigan State vs. Georgetown, live from Madison Square Garden, on Feb. 1, the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII in the New York/New Jersey region.

  • The quest for the 2013-14 BIG EAST regular season crown will conclude with four games on Saturday, March 8 - Georgetown at Villanova, Providence at Creighton, St. John's at Marquette and Seton Hall at Butler.

  • The BIG EAST Championship at The Garden, one of the elite events in all of college sports, is college basketball's longest running conference tournament at the same venue. The 10-team tourney will begin with a first-round doubleheader on Wednesday, March 12. Two quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Thursday afternoon and evening, March 13, followed by a semifinal doubleheader Friday, March 14 and the championship game Saturday, March 15.

  • In addition to the Tuesday night showcase on FOX Sports 1, fans will be able to enjoy BIG EAST basketball on virtually every day of the conference season in Jan. and Feb., including multiple games each Saturday. Other than Dec. 31, all 10 teams will play on the same day only once, Saturday, Jan. 25.

  • FOX Sports 1 will air 108 regular-season games, and an additional nine tournament games. FOX ports 2 will air 12 games. (To find the channel location for FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 on local distributors, use the channel locator at http://msn.foxsports.com/.)

  • CBS Sports Network will air 18 games, and two additional games will air on CBS.

  • FOX Sports Network will air up to 18 games regionally. FOX Sports (FBC) will televise one game featuring BIG EAST teams.

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