The Big East announced complete schedules for its member institutions today, including Georgetown’s. The Hoyas have 30 games on the schedule, including 17 home contests, all at the Verizon Center. Though the Blue and Grey’s opponents have been known for quite some time, dates and times of the conference matchups were not finalized until this morning. The announcement finalizes the basketball team’s schedule for 2012-2013.
The Hoyas begin their Big East slate with a matchup against Marquette in Wisconsin on January 5. This leaves the team with almost two weeks off after their last out-of-conference matchup against American on December 22. The Hoyas then head back to DC to take on Pittsburgh on January 8 – the conference home opener is scheduled for the day before classes start for the semester, perhaps signifying a solid student turnout for the teams’ last battle before the Panthers leave for the ACC.
They then head up to Madison Square Garden for the second time this season to take on historic rival St. John’s on the 12th. The Red Storm make a return trip to DC on February 2 for a 4 p.m. start. The late start time seems to be a trend for this year’s schedule, with one late-season matchup with Rutgers scheduled for 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 (great news for hungover Hoyas who just can’t muster the noon start times).
After the first St. John’s matchup, Head Coach John Thompson III and company return home to face Providence before hitting the road for contests against USF and Notre Dame. The game against the Fighting Irish will be played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in South Bend and will be nationally televised on ESPN.
After the brief road trip, the Hoyas return to the District for their second longest homestand of the season, in a week that starts with a projected top-five team, Louisville, on January 26 and continues with Seton Hall and Rutgers.
The team then heads to scenic northern New Jersey for the first of two matchups against Rutgers on February 9 (with the home game on March 2). From there, the Hoyas head to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats, who have been a thorn in their side for quite some time – including a devastating double overtime loss in the Big East Tournament last season.
Georgetown then hits the road on February 23 for their last conference matchup at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse. It’s on a late Saturday afternoon, making it a prime candidate for road-tripping, devoted Hoya fans. The trip continues with a matchup against UConn four days later in Storrs.
The Hoyas wind down their schedule with a game in Philadelphia against a potentially dangerous Villanova team on March 6 before heading home for one of the biggest season finales in recent memory – a home matchup against Syracuse in the teams’ last-ever Big East regular season matchup. The March 9 matchup occurs on the second Saturday of Spring Break, meaning students have to cut their vacation plans short by a couple of days if they want to catch the game (Vox doesn’t believe this will be a problem in the slightest).
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