The Big East released it’s 2015-16 conference schedules today. A look at the highlights of Seton Hall’s 18-game slate.
Despite a historically tough road trip to Marquette to start off the season on December 30th and a trip to the Pavilion two games later, Seton Hall’s schedule is easier in the early goings. The Hall will alternate home and away contests (with favorable home games against DePaul and Creighton) until early February when they host Marquette, Georgetown and Butler during a three-game home stand. This contrasts with finishing the Big East with 4 road games out of 6.
Just two games will air on CBS Sports Network after three contests did a season ago while a non-league game against Wichita State on Saturday, December 19th has been picked up by Fox’s flagship station. 13 games will air on Fox Sports 1 while the remaining 3 are set for FSN.
Seton Hall will not embark on any three-game road trips after doing so once in each of the prior two seasons. The Pirates will only play consecutive road games in the aforementioned six-game stretch to conclude their season.
While last season’s tip-off times were about as good as it can get after a conveyor belt of 9pm tips during the Big East’s inaugural season, this season falls somewhere in the middle. There will be three tip times after 8:30 at Prudential Center, two of which fall on weeknights (Villanova, Marquette) and one on a Saturday (Georgetown, 9pm). Further, Seton Hall’s road trip Georgetown is a 9pm tip, although late-tipping road games are of course easier to watch via TV.
On the flip side, the Hall gets to take on St. John’s at the Garden in a Sunday matinee, a Sunday afternoon Senior Night against Xavier and Saturday afternoon clash with Creighton in Newark.
There will be no New Year’s Eve Marathon this season, perhaps due to the college football playoffs (don’t you just love NCAAF at this point?) falling on the same date. Instead, the Big East’s marathon will take place on Saturday, January 3rd. So much for starting a tradition. Seton Hall and DePaul lead the way with an 11am start time at Prudential Center, so unless Seton Hall is really playing well at that point, expect a fairly empty arena for the Big East home opener.
On a personal note, covering the Sunday game at MSG, weeknight game at Villanova and Saturday afternoon road trip to Providence are certainly in the cards; a late Wednesday game at the Verizon Center is simply not possible, though.