ESPN and the BIG EAST Conference have announced the 2011 Big Monday Presented by Bud Light schedule of league games. Action commences on Jan. 17 with a special two-game slate beginning with Villanova at Connecticut at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by Syracuse at Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. The schedule runs seven weeks, and concludes with Villanova at Notre Dame on Feb. 28, the final Monday of the regular season. All games start at 7 p.m. (excluding the Jan. 17 doubleheader) on ESPN and are simulcast on ESPN3.com
Eight different teams are featured in the schedule, including four teams ranked in ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz’s early men’s preseason top 25 poll: No. 7 Pittsburgh, No. 8 Villanova, No. 17 Syracuse and No. 21 Georgetown.
All eight teams are coming off 2010 postseason berths, including NCAA Final Four participant West Virginia. Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Villanova are featured three times each in the package, while Notre Dame and West Virginia will be seen twice.
ESPN Big Monday-BIG EAST Schedule (All games are on ESPN and simulcast on ESPN3.com; schedule subject to change)
|Jan 17||3:30 p.m.||Villanova at Connecticut|
|7:30 p.m.||Syracuse at Pittsburgh|
|Jan 24||7 p.m.||Notre Dame at Pittsburgh|
|Jan 31||7 p.m.||Louisville at Georgetown|
|Feb 7||7 p.m.||Pittsburgh at West Virginia|
|Feb 14||7 p.m.||West Virginia at Syracuse|
|Feb 21||7 p.m.||Syracuse at Villanova|
|Feb28||7 p.m.||Villanova at Notre Dame|