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Big East releases conference slate

Big East Breakup Basketball

The logo for the Big East Conference is displayed on a row of courtside chairs at the Big East Conference women’s basketball tournament in Hartford, Conn., Friday, March 8, 2013. The Big East has reached an agreement with seven departing basketball members that will allow them to separate from the football schools and create their own conference on July 1. Commissioner Mike Aresco told The Associated Press on Friday the seven Catholic schools that are leaving to form a basketball-centric conference will get the Big East name, along with the opportunity to play their league tournament in Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)


The Big East will open conference play with a quartet of games, headlined by the defending-national champions.

Villanova will host DePaul (6:30 ET), Providence visits Xavier (7 p.m.), Creighton welcomes Seton Hall ( 8 p.m.) and Georgetown goes to Marquette (8:30 p.m.) on Dec. 28, to tip off league play, it was announced Tuesday.

Other highlights include Xavier travelling to Georgetown on New Year’s Eve, Xavier at Villanova on Jan. 10, the five-game Big East marathon on Jan. 16 and Villanova at Xavier on Feb. 11.

The Big East tournament runs March 8-11.

Click here for the full schedule.