The format for league play is a 16-game schedule, which has been in place since the 2005-06 season. Each team will play 16 conference games - seven opponents home only, seven opponents away only, and one opponent both home and away.
The 2010-11 schedule will showcase the same repeat opponents for the second straight year. The repeat opponents include two-time defending national champion Connecticut playing Notre Dame, Rutgers facing Syracuse, DePaul matching up against Marquette and Georgetown playing USF. Also, Cincinnati faces off against Louisville, Providence plays Villanova, Seton Hall battles St. John’s and West Virginia meets Pittsburgh.
The regular-season concludes on Feb. 28. The BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship will be held at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., March 4-8.
Exact tip times and television network designations will be announced at a later date.
The BIG EAST captured its eighth overall and second straight NCAA National Championship last April behind Connecticut’s NCAA Division I women’s basketball record-breaking 78 consecutive wins. The BIG EAST was a constant in the national polls and finished with five teams in the top 25.
The Conference again swept the national player of the year awards, in addition to having eight different student-athletes earn all-America accolades. For the seventh straight year, the BIG EAST led all leagues nationally in Championship attendance, and home attendance figures continue to rise.