Andy Edwards (@DLNAndyEdwards)
The Big East released its 2012-13 schedule Wednesday, giving Villanova fans their first look at the Wildcats’ road to redemption.
Villanova will open its conference season with a home game against St. John’s on January 2, the conference announced. The Wildcats, fresh off a 13-19 season that included a 5-13 mark in league play, travel to South Florida for their first Big East road game a week later.
USF, Syracuse and Pittsburgh are the three schools that Villanova will face twice in the regular season. The Wildcats meet the Orange, one of the conference’s preseason favorites in their last year before moving to the ACC in 2013, for the first time on January 12 in the Carrier Dome. The re-match will tip off at 11 a.m. on January 26.
Villanova takes on Louisville, a Final Four team from a season ago, on January 22. The Wildcats close their season by hosting Georgetown on Wednesday, March 6.
Here is Villanova’s complete Big East schedule:
(times TBA unless otherwise noted):
Weds Jan. 2 vs. St. John’s, 8p.m., ESPNU
Weds Jan. 9 @ USF Local/ESPN3.com
Sat Jan. 12 @ Syracuse Local/ESPN3.com
Weds Jan. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, 7p.m., ESPNU
Sat Jan. 19 @ Providence Local/ESPN3.com
Tue Jan. 22 vs. Louisville Local/ESPN3.com
Sat Jan. 26 vs. Syracuse 11a.m., ESPNU
Wed Jan. 30 @ Notre Dame, 7p.m., ESPN2
Sun Feb. 3 vs. Providence, TBA, Local/ESPN3.com
Tue Feb. 5 @ DePaul, 7p.m., ESPN2
Sat Feb. 9 vs. USF 3p.m., ESPNU
Tue Feb. 12 @ Cincinnati, Local/ESPN3.com
Sat Feb. 16 @ Connecticut, Noon, ESPN/ESPN2
Mon Feb. 18 vs. Rutgers, 9p.m., ESPN
Sat Feb. 23 vs. Marquette, 6p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
Mon Feb. 25 @ Seton Hall, 9p.m., ESPNU
Sun March 3 @ Pittsburgh, Local/ESPN3.com
Weds March 6 vs. Georgetown, 7p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
Villanova will also play the following nonconference games; times TBA unless otherwise noted. All credit to the guys at VUHoops.com, who put this list together:
Thurs Nov. 1 vs. Carleton University (Canada) – WFC (Exhibition)
Fri Nov. 9 – vs. University of D.C. (Div. II) (22-6, 13-2 East Coast) – Pavilion (2k Sports Classic)
Sun Nov. 11 – vs. Marshall (21-14, 9-7 Conference USA) – Pavilion (2k Sports Classic)
Thurs Nov. 15 – vs. Purdue (22-13, 10-8 Big 10) – Madison Square Garden (2k Sports Classic)
Fri Nov. 16 – vs. Alabama OR Oregon State – Madison Square Garden (2k Sports Classic)
Tue Nov. 20 – vs. Columbia (15-15, 4-10 Ivy) – Pavilion
Sun Nov. 25 - @ La Salle (21-13, 9-7 Atlantic 10) – Tom Gola Arena
Sat Dec. 1 @ Vanderbilt (25-11, 10-6 Southeastern) – Nashville, TN (5:00pm, Big East/SEC Challenge)
Weds Dec. 5 vs. Temple (24-8, 13-3 A-10)
Sat Dec. 8 @ Pennsylvania (19-13, 11-3 Ivy)
Tue Dec. 11 vs. St. Joseph’s (20-14, 9-7 Atlantic 10) – Pavilion
Sun Dec. 16 vs. University of Delaware (18-14, 12-6 Colonial) – Pavilion
Sat Dec. 22 @ Monmouth University (12-20, 10-8 Northeast) – Multipurpose Activity Center (7:00p)
Fri Dec. 28 vs. NJIT (15-17, 5-5 Great West)
Villanova’s regular-season opener comes Nov. 9 at the Pavilion against the University of the District of Columbia in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic.
The Wildcats still have to release their full schedule, including games at the Wells Fargo Center.