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Big East slate includes room for make-ups

Big East slate includes room for make-ups

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Big East slate includes room for make-ups

Creighton will have four home games during a five-game stretch in January and won't play league favorite Villanova until February.

The Big East announced the remainder of its league games Monday.

CU has known since October it would open the Big East season against Marquette on Monday. Then it would play three more times before Christmas — at St. John's Thursday, at UConn Saturday and vs. Xavier on Dec. 23. But the rest of the conference slate hadn't been sorted out. Until Monday.

The Big East plans to conduct a 20-game round-robin schedule, though nothing is set in stone due to the pandemic. The league scheduled fewer games in February to prepare for the possibility of postponements.

For example, Creighton is slated to take a week off between a road trip to Marquette on Feb. 6 and a home game against Villanova on Feb. 13. Then the Jays will have an early two-week break before hosting DePaul on Feb. 24.

As it stands now, all of CU's league games after Christmas will be played either on a Wednesday or Saturday.

The Jays are set to host UConn for the first time Jan. 23, which concludes a five-game stretch of four home contests. The regular season ends with a trip to Villanova on March 3 and a home game against Butler on March 6. That's subject to change, though.

DePaul hasn't played a regular-season game yet due to COVID-19 protocols. Xavier, Butler and UConn are in lockdown because of positive tests and their originally planned Big East openers have all been postponed.

Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman indicated in October that conference officials weighed multiple scheduling options — including bubbles, pods or regionalized models. Those are presumably still on the table.

But Ackerman said in October the conference preferred to continue with a traditional home and-away travel structure for league games, unless safety concerns force a change.

The Big East moved to a 20game conference schedule this year after UConn joined the league last summer.

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