Big East men's basketball schedules released

It is official, DePaul will be playing home-and-home series during the Big East season against Rutgers, Marquette and St. John's. 

The rest of the games break down this way: 
  • Home: Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, USF, Syracuse, West Virginia
  • Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Villanova
The full release of all the Big East men's basketball match-ups can be found here.
Continue reading for some initial thoughts on the Blue Demons' 2009-10 Big East schedule. 

Toughest Game:

Two of the road games really stand out as difficult tests for DePaul. Traveling to Connecticut is never an easy task. Also, Villanova will be a Final Four caliber team next season and the Blue Demons will have to go to Philadelphia for the game. The Wildcats are one of the early favorites in the Big East and the game against DePaul will be a must-win for them.
"Easiest" Game: 
I put the word easiest in quotations, because it was evident during the 2008-09 season that no game in the Big East is easy for anyone, and especially not DePaul. Still, home games against a young Rutgers squad and a rebuilding Marquette team could be chances for victory for the Blue Demons. Also, South Florida is a strange squad, but having the Bulls travel to Allstate Arena should give DePaul the upper hand in that match-up as well.
Defending Champions Arrive:
Big East regular season champion Louisville travels to Allstate Arena this season. The Cardinals are going to be loaded again, even after losing two NBA Draft lottery picks in Terrence Williams and Earl Clark.
On the Road at Home:
When Marquette came to Allstate Arena last season the atmosphere resembled a Golden Eagles home game in some respects. The Marquette fans filled a number of the upper sections of the arena. Will the Golden Eagles' fans travel as well this season even if their team is struggling a bit? My guess is yes. It could feel like a road game for the Blue Demons again.

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