The Big East Conference released the 2015-16 schedule on Tuesday afternoon and Big East Coast Bias has got you covered. We talked about it here and, now, as some time has passed, BECB manager Chris Novak is here with five conclusions that he's jumped to within the first few hours of its release. Here... we go.
1. Once again, Creighton got a bad draw
Is this some kind of punishment for what the Bluejays and Doug McDermott did in their first year in the conference? Holy moly. Last season they had arguably the toughest stretch in the entire conference when from January 21-February 7, the Jays had to travel to Hinkle, the Pavilion, Cintas Center and Madison Square Garden. This year, from February 13-March 5, the last game of the season, another daunting task awaits. The Bluejays will travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Hinkle, The Dunk and the Cintas Center with a home matchup spliced into the mix with the Golden Eagles who will be very talented heading into this season. I'm not one for conspiracy talk, but the Bluejays have been given no favors whatsoever by the schedule makers in back-to-back seasons.
2. DePaul will either sink or swim - and we'll know by the end of January
It hasn't been a fun time on the campus of DePaul University or at the Rosemont Horizon in the past few years for DePaul. It doesn't look to be getting much better this season either. The Blue Demons' early road in the conference is tough to say the very least. In the first month, they'll take on Georgetown, Butler and Xavier twice, and add in trips to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Newark, New Jersey to take on Marquette and Seton Hall as well. This start to the season is going to make or break DePaul this year, and recent trends suggest that it might not end so kindly.
3. Georgetown's final four games are brutal
Shoveling Xavier, Butler, Marquette (in Milwaukee) and Villanova (in Philadelphia) for the Hoyas' final game of the regular season to rid any thought of a conspiracy against Creighton, huh? ...I see you, Big East. Anyways, the Hoyas certainly will reap rewards with playing six of their last 11 games at home in Washington D.C. However, those final four games are arguably the toughest out of anybody's schedule to conclude the 2015-16 regular season. The Hoyas will have to earn every bit of it if they want to prevent Villanova from winning a third consecutive Big East regular season championship.
4. Villanova's final lap to a title isn't any easier, either
The 'Cats will try for the legendary Tom Emanski Trifecta this year with the prime contenders being Georgetown and Butler. Guess who 'Nova plays in their final five games of the season? You guessed it! The 'Dawgs and the Hoyas! To the benefit of Villanova, they'll be hosting BU and G'Town at the Pavilion and the Wells Fargo Center respectively but will have to travel to Cincy and Milwaukee in between, as well as a late season matchup with DePaul who could play a vicious spoiler role if their season becomes a loss at that point. 'Nova is certainly a favorite but, like Georgetown, they'll have to earn this.
5. This season is going to be FUN!
How can you not draw THAT conclusion? We get a rematch of the Big East Championship to kick off conference play for the Musketeers and Wildcats. Kris Dunn and the Friars will travel to Philadelphia to meet Jalen Brunson, Ryan Arcidiacono and the Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center for a Saturday afternoon matchup on the big FOX network. We'll have matchups featuring Henry Ellenson and Brunson. What will we see from St. John's in their first year of The Chris Mullin Era?
Is it November yet? I'm excited, ladies and gentlemen. I hope you are too.