Um, Syracuse’s Big East schedule is stacked

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So this is why Syracuse usually doesn’t load up its non-conference slate with killer opponents. The Big East does it for ‘em.

The Orange was among the teams with the nastiest Big East conference schedules when the league released matchups Thursday. Home and homes with UConn, Louisville and Providence and road tests at Cincy, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John’s and Villanova. (Chalking up DePaul as a W, but that may be hasty.)

Top it off with home games vs. Georgetown, Marquette, Pitt, Seton Hall, USF and West Virginia and that’s schedule where double-digit victories isn’t a given. (An 11-5 mark should be attainable.) Marquette, Pitt and Cincy are in the same boat.

Also hosing the Orange, (or at least their fans)? Only one game against Georgetown. It’s at home, but the Hoyas-Orange rivalry is one of those that deserves home-and-home showdowns every season.

Contrast that with UConn’s manageable schedule:

  • Home: Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia
  • Away: Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

I figure that’s 13 wins, or the most favorable schedule of the bunch (if there is such a thing in the Big East).

The one aspect that could help Syracuse and possibly hurt UConn is no dates have been announced yet. If UConn’s toughest games are grouped together in one batch with a semi-daunting road game thrown in (such as Rutgers) and things could balance out a bit.

Then again, St. John’s more than survived its brutal stretch last season. ‘Cuse could surely do the same and probably should given that the Orange will be one of the teams to beat next season.

2011-12 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Schedule Breakdown

CINCINNATI

Home: DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova

Away: Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

CONNECTICUT

Home: Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away: Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

DE PAUL

Home: Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

GEORGETOWN

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova

Away: DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

LOUISVILLE

Home: Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

Away: Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

MARQUETTE

Home: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

 NOTRE DAME

Home: Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

PITTSBURGH

Home: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

PROVIDENCE

Home: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

RUTGERS

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, West Virginia

ST. JOHN’S

Home:Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF

SETON HALL

Home: Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

USF

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

Away: DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova

SYRACUSE

Home: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, West Virginia

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Villanova

VILLANOVA

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

Away: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, USF, West Virginia

WEST VIRGINIA

Home: Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova

Away: Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

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