New Year's Marathon highlights 2015-16 BIG EAST men's basketball schedule

BY foxsports • September 8, 2015

The 2015-16 BIG EAST Conference men's basketball schedule was released Tuesday and features another year of wall-to-wall television coverage through the league's partnership with FOX Sports. The schedule includes a five-game New Year's Marathon on FS1 and a third consecutive season of double round-robin competition culminating with the 2016 BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden. 

This season, FS1 will carry more than 100 BIG EAST games nationally, and FOX broadcast network will increase its coverage of BIG EAST action to a record 12 games, all on weekends. All 90 conference regular-season games will be nationally televised. Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery will be back to serve as FOX Sports' lead announce team. 

The BIG EAST, which will be in the third season of its 10-team, basketball-centric membership, will start league play on Dec. 30 and 31. On Dec. 30, Seton Hall plays at Marquette and Georgetown travels to DePaul. The three games on Dec. 31 are: Xavier at Villanova, Providence at Butler, and Creighton versus St. John's at Carnesecca Arena.

The New Year's Marathon will take place on Saturday, Jan. 2, with all 10 teams in action on FS1. The games will begin at 11 a.m. ET with DePaul at Seton Hall and end at approximately midnight when Villanova at Creighton concludes. 

CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network again will televise selected BIG EAST conference games, with CBS Sports carrying two league games and CBS Sports Network set to air 14 conference contests. CBS Sports Network also will televise at least four non-league games.   

FS1 will be the television home of the 2016 BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 9-12, 2016. The BIG EAST Tournament, which will be held at the World's Most Famous Arena for the 34th consecutive year, is college basketball's longest running postseason basketball conference tourney held at the same venue. 

The BIG EAST had previously announced that FS1 will telecast the four BIG EAST home contests in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, an eight-year, eight-game series between the BIG EAST and the Big Ten Conference held during the first full week of the regular season. Those games are: Nebraska at Villanova on Nov. 17, Illinois at Providence on Nov. 18, and Rutgers at St. John's along with Iowa at Marquette on Nov. 19.

The BIG EAST will conduct its Men's and Women's Basketball Media Day on Oct. 14 at Madison Square Garden.

2015-16 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Composite Conference Schedule

(All times Eastern. Neutral sites in parentheses where applicable -- CA =€“ Carnesecca Arena in New York; MSG = Madison Square Garden in New York; WF = Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia)

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Seton Hall at Marquette, 7 p.m., FS1

Georgetown at DePaul, 9 p.m., FS1


Thursday, December 31

Xavier at Villanova, 12 p.m., FS1`                        

Creighton at St. John's (CA), 2 p.m., FS1                  

Providence at Butler, 2:30 p.m., CBSSN                   


New Year's Marathon

Saturday, January 2   

DePaul at Seton Hall, 11 a.m., FS1                             

Butler at Xavier, 1 p.m., FS1                    

St. John's at Providence, 3:30 p.m., FS1 

Marquette at Georgetown, 5:30 p.m., FS1

Villanova at Creighton, 10 p.m., FS1 


Tuesday, January 5

Marquette at Providence, 7 p.m., FS1

Butler at DePaul, 8 p.m., FSN

Georgetown at Creighton, 9 p.m., FS1                            


Wednesday, January 6

Seton Hall at Villanova, 7 p.m., FS1

Xavier at St. John's (CA), 9 p.m., FS1


Saturday, January 9

DePaul at Georgetown, 12 p.m., FS1                             

Creighton at Seton Hall, 2 p.m., FS1     

St. John's at Marquette, 2 p.m., FSN                                        


Sunday, January 10

Villanova at Butler, 7:30 p.m., FS1                             


Tuesday, January 12

DePaul at Xavier, 6:30 p.m., FS1

Providence at Creighton, 8:30 p.m., FS1


Wednesday, January 13

Georgetown at St. John's (MSG), 6:30 p.m., FS1

Marquette at Villanova, 8:30 p.m., FS1


Saturday, January 16

St. John's at Butler, 12 p.m., FS1

Villanova at Georgetown, 1 p.m., CBS Sports

Xavier at Marquette, 2 p.m., FS1

Seton Hall at Providence, 4:30 p.m., FS1


Sunday, January 17

Creighton at DePaul, 1 p.m., FS1


Tuesday, January 19

Butler at Providence, 6:30 p.m., FS1

Georgetown at Xavier, 8:30 p.m., FS1


Wednesday, January 20

DePaul at Marquette, 8 p.m., FS1

Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m., CBSSN


Saturday, January 23

Providence at Villanova (WF), 12 p.m., FOX

Seton Hall at Xavier, 2 p.m., FSN

Butler at Creighton, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Marquette at St. John's (MSG), 8 p.m., CBSSN


Tuesday, January 26

Creighton at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m., FS1

Xavier at Providence, 8:30 p.m., FS1   


Wednesday, January 27

DePaul at Butler, 7 p.m., CBSSN

St. John's at Seton Hall, 7 p.m., FS1


Saturday, January 30

Butler at Marquette, 12 p.m., FS1

Xavier at DePaul, 2 p.m., CBSSN

Seton Hall at Creighton, 8 p.m., FSN

Providence at Georgetown, 8 p.m., FS1


Sunday, January 31

Villanova at St. John's (MSG), 12 p.m., FOX


Tuesday, February 2

Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m., FS1

Providence at DePaul, 9 p.m., FS1


Wednesday, February 3

St. John's at Xavier, 6:30 p.m., FS1

Creighton at Villanova, 8 p.m., CBSSN

Marquette at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m., FS1


Saturday, February 6

Marquette at Xavier, 12 p.m., FS1

DePaul at Creighton, 2 p.m., FSN

Villanova at Providence, 2:30 p.m., FS1

Butler at St. John's (CA), 4:30 p.m., FSN

Georgetown at Seton Hall, 9 p.m., CBSSN


Monday, February 8

St. John's at Georgetown, 7 p.m., FS1


Tuesday, February 9

Xavier at Creighton, 8 p.m., CBSSN

Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m., FS1


Wednesday, February 10

Providence at Marquette, 7 p.m., CBSSN

Butler at Seton Hall, 7 p.m., FS1


Saturday, February 13

Georgetown at Providence, 12 p.m., FOX

Xavier at Butler, 2:30 p.m., FOX

Creighton at Marquette, 8 p.m., FSN

St. John's at Villanova (WF), 8 p.m., CBSSN


Tuesday, February 16

Creighton at Butler, 7 p.m., FS1


Wednesday, February 17

Providence at Xavier, 8:30 p.m., FS1

DePaul at St. John's (CA), 8 p.m., CBSSN

Seton Hall at Georgetown, 9 p.m., FS1


Saturday, February 20

Xavier at Georgetown, 12 p.m., FOX

Marquette at DePaul, 2 p.m., FSN

Butler at Villanova, 2:30 p.m., FOX


Sunday, February 21

Seton Hall at St. John's (MSG), 12 p.m., FS1


Wednesday, February 24

Villanova at Xavier, 7 p.m., FS1

Marquette at Creighton, 8 p.m., CBSSN


Thursday, February 25

Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m., FS1

St. John's at DePaul, 9 p.m., FS1


Saturday, February 27

Butler at Georgetown, 12 p.m., CBS Sports

Villanova at Marquette, 1:30 p.m., FOX

DePaul at Providence, 4 p.m., CBSSN


Sunday, February 28

Xavier at Seton Hall, 12:30 p.m., FS1

St. John's at Creighton, 2:30 p.m., FS1


Tuesday, March 1

DePaul at Villanova, 7 p.m., FS1

Georgetown at Marquette, 9 p.m., FS1


Wednesday, March 2

Seton Hall at Butler, 8:30 p.m., FS1

Creighton at Providence, 9 p.m., CBSSN


Saturday, March 5

Seton Hall at DePaul, 12 p.m., FSN

Georgetown at Villanova (WF), 12 p.m., FOX

Providence at St. John's (MSG), 12:30 p.m., FS1

Marquette at Butler, 2:30 p.m., FOX/FSN

Creighton at Xavier, 2:30 p.m., FOX/FSN