Big East Schedules Announced; Scarlet Knight Drafted

June 28th, 2010

The news was rather quiet for the area schools last week with the notable exception of the Big East releasing the home/road opponents for each of its' member schools this coming season. Hope springs eternal and the three coaching changes have injected some serious life (and buzz) into Rutgers, St. John's and Seton Hall. Mike Rice has the job that may require the most "rebuilding", but with veteran rosters (and some very good incoming recruits) the table is set for both Kevin Willard (Seton Hall) and Steve Lavin (St. John's) to make some noise. Below are the conference schedules for each of the three teams, with repeat opponets in bold

Rutgers

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

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova

Quick analysis: Scarlet Knights may have gotten a manageable schedule, not that there really is such a thing in the Big East. Likely preseason favorites Georgetown and Pittsburgh are home-only, and Villanova is a repeat opponent. They get in-state rival Seton Hall twice and their third repeat opponent is Providence, who may be well on their way to replacing DePaul as the Big East's worst team due to their many personnel issues (worst being Greedy Peterson being dismissed from the program). 

St. John's 

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

Away: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia

Quick analysis: The Red Storm have a few extremely tough road-only games on their slate with trips to Louisville, Seton Hall, Villanova and West Virginia on deck. They also get long-time rival Georgetown as a repeat opponent and both Connecticut and Syracuse, two programs that routinely bring a number of fans to MSG, are home-only games. Cincinnati and Notre Dame, their other repeat opponents, are teams that look to be middle of the pack/bubble squads at first glance. 

Seton Hall

Home: Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

Away: Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia

Quick analysis: The Pirates' road-only opponents offer up four teams that are traditionally tough at home: Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. But they also get two of the likely contenders at home in Georgetown and Villanova and the Red Storm won't be a slouch when they visit The Rock either. This could also be the season in which the Pirates end their long losing streak to Connecticut, who is a home-only matchup. Their repeat opponents are Marquette, in-state rival Rutgers and Syracuse. The Golden Eagles should be a solid squad despite the loss of Lazar Hayward while many expect the Orange to remain a contender despite losing Andy Rautins and Wesley Johnson. 

Ndiaye drafted, then has rights traded

Former Rutgers center Hamady Ndiaye was the lone player from a metropolitan-area college to hear his name called during Thursday's NBA Draft, as he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 56th overall pick. His right were then sent to Washington as part of the deal that sent his rights along with those of Trevor Booker (Clemson) to the nation's capital in exchange for the rights to Lazar Hayward (Marquette) and Nemanja Bjelica (Serbia). The Timberwolves also received the 45th pick, which was used to draft Brazilian Paulao Prestes. Former Rider guard Ryan Thompson will be playing in summer leagues for the Celtics and Kings