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Big East releases conference schedule

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The Big East, now led by new commissioner Mike Aresco, announced its conference schedule Wednesday.

“BIG EAST men’s basketball and unparalleled national media exposure have always been synonymous,” Aresco said in a statement. “The 2012-13 schedule is unmatched in the scope of national, regional and local telecasts.  Our coaches and student-athletes are committed to excellence at the highest level.  I know the upcoming season will be filled with outstanding and exciting play.”

For the conference, the season kicks off on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2012, with Cincinnati traveling to Pittsburgh at noon.

Marquette hosts Connecticut to follow up on New Year’s Day at 8 p.m.

Louisville, who will likely be among the favorites to win the conference with Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, and Gorgui Dieng returning, begins its conference slate hosting Providence on Jan. 2.

This upcoming season marks the final for Pittsburgh and Syracuse in the Big East before they move to the ACC for the 2013-14 season.

On Feb. 2, the Orange travel to Pittsburgh for a noon tip-off. Syracuse looks to reload after losing Fab Melo, Dion Waiters, Kris Joseph, and Scoop Jardine, while Pittsburgh welcomes two impact freshmen in James Robinson and Steven Adams.

To view the rest of the schedule released Wednesday, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Preview: Schedule and times released for 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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The schedules and times for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge  have been released.

Below, NBCSports.com takes a look at the best games from each day, along with the full schedule.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Game of the Day: NC State vs. Michigan

Don’t get me wrong, Indiana vs. UNC should be great, too, but NC State-Michigan sees a match-up between two teams who are glad to welcome back a key starter from last season to go along with a Top-10 recruiting class from 2012.

For Michigan, guard Trey Burke returns after a stand-out freshman year and will be joined by freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.

NC State brings a loaded back-court of their own, assuming Lorenzo Brown’s injury heals as planned and freshman Rodney Purvis is cleared by the NCAA to join the Wolfpack. CJ Leslie returns to solidify the frontcourt.

They tip at 7:30 p.m.

Rest of Schedule:

7:15 p.m.—Minnesota vs. Florida State

Iowa vs. Virginia Tech

9:15 p.m.—Maryland vs. Northwestern

Nebraska vs. Wake Forest

9:30 p.m.—North Carolina vs. Indiana

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Game of the Day: Ohio State vs. Duke

The 9:30 nightcap provides the best game on Day 2, setting against each other two teams who are losing their biggest contributors from last season.

Jared Sullinger and Austin Rivers are gone to the NBA, but both teams should be in the Top 20 to begin the season. Duke will be without guard Andre Dawkins, who is redshirting this season, leaving guard duties to Seth Curry and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon.

Another interesting few recruiting sidenotes: Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood chose Duke over Ohio State. Incoming Duke freshman Amile Jefferson had Ohio State in the mix before choosing the Blue Devils.

Rest of Schedule:

7:00 p.m.—Wisconsin vs. Virginia

7:15 p.m.–Purdue vs. Clemson

7:30 p.m.—Michigan State vs. Miami

9:00 p.m.—Georgia Tech vs. Illinois

9:15 p.m.—Boston College vs. Penn State

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Kentucky’s non-conference Rupp Arena schedule released (and it’s weak)

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Fresh off a national championship and reloaded with a Top 3 recruiting class in the country, Kentucky’s Rupp Arena non-conference schedule was released and, if you were looking for a high-level trifecta like North Carolina, Kansas, and Louisville from this past season, you’re not going to find it.

The top billing? Baylor on December 1 in Lexington.

Other than Scott Drew’s Bears, Kentucky takes on Northwood and Transylvania in exhibitions, then will open its season against Lafayette on November 16, followed by Morehead State, Long Island, Samford, Portland, Lipscomb, Marshall, and Eastern Michigan.

To the credit of coach John Calipari and his team, the Wildcats play neutral-court games against Maryland and Duke in the non-conference, as well as travel to Notre Dame and Louisville, but if you’re looking to catch a big game at Rupp Arena, you might have to wait until SEC play begins.

Check out the full schedule:

Nov. 1 – vs. Northwood (Exhibition)

Nov. 5 – vs. Transylvania (Exhibition)

Nov. 9 — Maryland (Barclays Center Classic, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Nov. 13 — Duke (Champions Classic, Georgia Dome)

Nov. 16 – vs. Lafayette (Barclays Center Classic)

Nov. 21 – vs. Morehead State (Barclays Center Classic)

Nov. 23 – vs. Long Island (Barclays Center Classic)

Nov. 29 — @ Notre Dame (SEC/Big East Challenge)

Dec. 1 – vs. Baylor

Dec. 4 – vs. Samford

Dec. 8 – vs. Portland

Dec. 15 – vs. Lipscomb

Dec. 22 – vs. Marshall

Dec. 29 — @ Louisville

Jan. 2 – vs. Eastern Michigan

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Big East unveils 2012-13 conference schedule matchups

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On Thursday, the Big East conference announced its conference schedule and locations for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh will soon departing for the ACC, and both drew Villanova as a home-and-home opponent.

The Orange also drew Georgetown, Louisville, and Providence twice.

USF, coming off a strong showing in the 2011-12 season, will have Connecticut, Louisville, Marquette, and Villanova.

Jim Calhoun and Connecticut, banned from the 2012-13 postseason, have drawn Cincinnati, DePaul, Providence, and USF twice.

Take a look at the rest of the schedule, listed below.

CINCINNATI  
Home Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre DamePittsburghRutgers, St. John’s, USF, Villanova
Away Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Notre DamePittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse
   
CONNECTICUT  
Home CincinnatiDePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
Away CincinnatiDePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF
   
DE PAUL  
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre DamePittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova
Away Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre DamePittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse
   
GEORGETOWN  
Home DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, RutgersSt. John’s, Seton Hall, Syracuse
Away Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, RutgersSt. John’s, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
   
LOUISVILLE  
Home Cincinnati, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Seton HallUSFSyracuse
Away Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Seton HallUSFSyracuse, Villanova
   
MARQUETTE  
Home Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton HallUSF, Syracuse
Away Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton HallUSF, Villanova
   
NOTRE DAME  
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova
Away CincinnatiDePaulLouisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, USF, Syracuse
   
PITTSBURGH  
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaulMarquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
Away CincinnatiDePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Villanova
   
PROVIDENCE  
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Seton HallSyracuseVillanova
Away Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, SyracuseVillanova
   
RUTGERS  
Home CincinnatiGeorgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’sSeton Hall, USF
Away Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, St. John’sSeton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova
   
ST. JOHN’S  
Home Connecticut, DePaulGeorgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF
Away Cincinnati, DePaulGeorgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova
   
SETON HALL  
Home Cincinnati, Connecticut, LouisvilleMarquetteProvidenceRutgers, USF, Syracuse, Villanova
Away DePaul, Georgetown, LouisvilleMarquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, ProvidenceRutgers, St. John’s
   
USF  
Home Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, LouisvilleMarquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova
Away Cincinnati, ConnecticutLouisvilleMarquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova
   
SYRACUSE  
Home Cincinnati, DePaul, GeorgetownLouisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Villanova
Away Connecticut, GeorgetownLouisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova
   
VILLANOVA  
Home Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, PittsburghProvidence, Rutgers, St. John’s, USFSyracuse
Away Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, PittsburghProvidence, Seton Hall, USFSyracuse

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Pools set, schedule released for Nike EYBL finale at Peach Jam

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Peach Jam, Nike’s largest amateur event of the year, is set to take place from July 18-21 in South Carolina. It is certified for college coaches and takes place during the important July live recruiting period.

After the fourth installment of the Nike circuit a few weeks ago, in Oakland, qualified teams were finalized and now are categorized into pools.

CIA Bounce, led by Andrew Wiggins, Xavier Rathan Mayes and Tyler Ennis, have compiled a 17-3 record so far on the circuit, the best of any competing team.

They will be in Pool C, which also features Mac Irvin Fire, led by Top 5 prospects Jabari Parker (2013) and Jahlil Okafor (2014). Check out the rest of the pool match-ups, found below.

EYBL 17U POOL A EYBL 17U POOL B EYBL 17U POOL C EYBL 17U POOL D
California Supreme Indy Spiece CIA Bounce Mean Streets
Houston Hoops Team United Texas Texas Titans All Ohio Red
CP3 All-Stars Oakland Soldiers Mac Irvin Fire Team Takeover
MoKan Elite Boo Williams BABC Baltimore Elite
Bluff City Legends Team Final Wisconsin Playground The Family
Arkansas Wings NJ Playaz Howard Pulley E1T1
16 & Under Nike Peach Jam Pools
16 U POOL A 16U POOL B 16U POOL C 16U POOL D
M. Hawks/Team Scan CIA Bounce CP3 All-Stars Southern Stampede
Houston Hoops All Ohio Red Team Texas Titans Team Texas Elite
Mean Streets Team Takeover Team Final The Family
Boo Williams California Supreme Mac Irvin Fire E1T1

To see schedules, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Complete with Butler and VCU, A-10 releases 2012-13 conference schedules

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With scheduled departures and the fast-tracked entrance of Butler and Virginia Commonwealth for the 2012-13 season, the Atlantic 10 has had some shake-ups in recent months.

On Tuesday, the league released its list of conference matchups for the 2012-13 season.

It is a 16-game slate, with each team playing every other team once, and one team twice. Dates and times are to be released at a later date.

Newcomer Butler will play St. Louis twice, while VCU will double up on Richmond.

Below is the complete list, via an A-10 press release:

BUTLER

Home – CHA, DUQ, URI, UR, SBU, SLU, TU, XU

Away – UD, FOR, GW, LAS, UM, SJU, SLU, VCU

CHARLOTTE

Home – UD, FOR, LAS, UM, SJU, TU, XU, VCU

Away – BU, DUQ, GW, URI, UR, SBU, SLU, TU

DAYTON

Home – BU, DUQ, FOR, UR, SBU, SJU, TU, XU

Away – CHA, GW, LAS, UM, URI, SLU, VCU, XU

DUQUESNE

Home – CHA, GW, URI, SBU, SJU, SLU, VCU, XU

Away – BU, UD, FOR, LAS, UM, UR, SBU, TU

FORDHAM

Home – BU, DUQ, UM, URI, UR, SJU, SLU, TU

Away – CHA, UD, GW, LAS, SBU, SJU, VCU, XU

GEORGE WASHINGTON

Home – BU, CHA, UD, FOR, LAS, SBU, SLU, TU

Away – DUQ, LAS, UM, URI, UR, SJU, VCU, XU

LA SALLE

Home – BU, UD, DUQ, FOR, GW, UM, UR, SJU

Away – CHA, GW, URI, SBU, SLU, TU, VCU, XU

MASSACHUSETTS

Home – BU, UD, DUQ, GW, URI, UR, SJU, TU

Away – CHA, FOR, LAS, URI, SBU, SLU, VCU, XU

RHODE ISLAND

Home – CHA, UD, GW, LAS, UM, SBU, VCU, XU

Away – BU, DUQ, FOR, UM, UR, SJU, SLU, TU

RICHMOND

Home – CHA, DUQ, GW, URI, SBU, SLU, VCU, XU

Away – BU, UD, FOR, LAS, UM, SJU, TU, VCU

ST. BONAVENTURE

Home – CHA, DUQ, FOR, LAS, UM, SLU, VCU, XU

Away – BU, UD, DUQ, GW, URI, UR, SJU, TU

SAINT JOSEPH’S

Home – BU, FOR, GW, URI, UR, SBU, TU, XU

Away – CHA, UD, DUQ, FOR, LAS, UM, SLU, VCU

SAINT LOUIS

Home – BU, CHA, UD, LAS, UM, URI, SJU, VCU

Away – BU, DUQ, FOR, GW, UR, SBU, TU, XU

TEMPLE

Home – CHA, DUQ, LAS, URI, UR, SBU, SLU, VCU

Away – BU, CHA, UD, FOR, GW, UM, SJU, XU

VCU

Home – BU, UD, FOR, GW, LAS, UM, UR, SJU

Away – CHA, DUQ, URI, UR, SBU, SLU, TU, XU

XAVIER

Home – UD, FOR, GW, LAS, UM, SLU, TU, VCU

Away – BU, CHA, UD, DUQ, URI, UR, SBU, SJU

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_