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Irish Insights


Irish's Big East men's basketball slate announced

Notre Dame already knew its Big East repeat and single-game opponents for the men's basketball season, and now the Irish know when and where they play their league foes.

The Big East released its conference schedule and nationally televised game schedule Wednesday, and the Irish open league play at home against Seton Hall Jan. 5.

Notre Dame, which went 22-12 last year and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, close Big East play at Louisville March 9.

Notre Dame will have four Saturday-Monday turnarounds, including its first two Big East games. The Irish travel to Cincinnati on Jan. 7 after opening conference play against Seton Hall.

Other two-day turnarounds are back-to-back home games against Rutgers (Jan. 19) and Georgetown (Jan. 21), back-to-back road games against DePaul (Feb. 2) and Syracuse (Feb. 4) and road games against Providence (Feb. 16) and Pittsburgh ( Feb. 18).

Notre Dame's nationally televised conference games include 10 on ESPN or ESPN2 (Jan. 7 at Cincinnati; Jan. 15 at St. John's; Jan. 21 vs. Georgetown; Jan. 30 vs. Villanova; Feb. 2 at DePaul; Feb. 4 at Syracuse; Feb. 9 vs. Louisville; Feb. 18 at Pittsburgh; March 2 at Marquette; March 5 vs. St. John's) and two on CBS (Feb. 24 vs. Cincinnati and March 9 at Louisville).

The Irish appear on ESPN2 when they play host to Kentucky on Nov. 29 and when they play Purdue on Dec. 15 in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Notre Dame's home game against Niagara will be on ESPNU on Dec. 21.

For the complete Big East men's basketball schedule, click here.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.