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Big East Conference Schedule Announced

There are no Fordhams or URIs on here, just a bunch of teams with serious tournament aspirations (and DePaul). Check out how Xavier's conference schedule sets up for 2014-15.

Where will Xavier be positioned when play reaches MSG this year?
Where will Xavier be positioned when play reaches MSG this year?
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The Big East announced the conference's men's basketball schedule today, which means we finally have a complete look at the upcoming season for Xavier.

With only four non-conference opponents that finished last season in the KenPom top 100, the Big East season is going to be a pivotal part of Xavier's resume as they look to return to the NCAA tournament again this season. Here is the full slate, from opening night to the Big East Tournament (last year's final KenPom rating is in brackets):

Friday, Nov. 14 Northern Arizona (Opening Night) [262]
Tuesday, Nov. 18 Long Beach State (home game as part of the Wooden Legacy) [148]
Friday, Nov. 21 Stephen F. Austin [57]
Monday, Nov. 24 Murray State [115]
Thur./Fri./Sun., Nov. 27/28/30 Wooden Legacy in California

Saturday, Dec. 6 Alabama [92]
Tuesday, Dec. 9 IUPUI [330!]
Saturday, Dec. 13 at Missouri [78] 
Saturday, Dec. 20 at Auburn [129]
Sunday, Dec. 28 Florida Gulf Coast [171] 
Wednesday, Dec. 31 Georgetown [65]

Saturday, Jan. 3 at DePaul [198]
Wednesday, Jan. 7 Seton Hall [98]
Saturday, Jan. 10 at Butler [104]
Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Villanova [14]
Saturday, Jan. 17 Marquette [76]
Thursday, Jan. 22 at Providence [61]
Saturday, Jan. 24 DePaul [198]
Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Georgetown [65]
Saturday, Jan. 31 at Seton Hall [98]

Wednesday, Feb. 4 Creighton [24]
Saturday, Feb. 7 Providence [61]
Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Marquette [76]
Saturday, Feb. 14 St. John's [61]
Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Cincinnati [23]
Saturday, Feb. 21 Butler [104]
Monday, Feb. 23 at St. John's [61]
Saturday, Feb. 28 Villanova [14]

Saturday, Mar. 7 at Creighton [24]

Wed.-Sat., Mar. 11-14 BIG EAST Tournament

As you can see, Xavier once again eases into the conference schedule, with a very good chance to be 3-1 or 4-0 with a couple of road wins before heading off to face Villanova. February might also give the Muskies a chance to make a move, with five of seven conference games at home and the potential resume booster of the Crosstown Shootout.

If you want a .pdf with the full schedule including TV coverage and tip times, we've got you right here.

We've already started discussing the ups and downs of the schedule, and we will have the results of that dialogue for you in our award-deserving Sunday Conversation format tomorrow morning to read with your coffee if you - like our guy @CliffyBallgame - have stopped your subscription to the local fish wrapper. In the meantime, jump into the comments here and let us know what you think. Where is the pivotal stretch of the season? Where does the team need to make hay? How many conference games will Xavier win this year?