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Xavier men's basketball Big East schedule with TV information

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This seems so far away still...

GAME TIME BABY!
GAME TIME BABY!
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This seems so far away still...The Big East conference schedule has finally been released, meaning we know the who, when, and where of every game Xavier will play this year (except for those determined by tournament results). Here's the whole shebang in one sort of easy to read table:

DEC/JAN FEB MAR
at Villanova St. John's Creighton
Thursday, December 31, 2015 Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Saturday, March 05, 2016
12 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 2:30 P.M.
TV: FS1 TV: FS1 TV: FSN-Local
. .
Butler Marquette
Saturday, January 02, 2016 Saturday, February 06, 2016
1 P.M. 12 P.M.
TV: FS1 TV: FS1
. .
at St. John's at Creighton
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016
9 P.M. 8 P.M.
TV: FS1 TV: CBSSN
. .
DePaul at Butler
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016
6:30 P.M. 2:30 P.M.
TV: FS1 TV: FOX National
. .
at Marquette Providence
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Wednesday, February 17, 2016
2 P.M. 7 P.M.
TV: FS1 TV: FS1
. .
Georgetown at Georgetown
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Saturday, February 20, 2016
8:30 P.M. 12 P.M.
TV: FS1 TV: FOX National
. .
Seton Hall Villanova
Saturday, January 23, 2016 Wednesday, February 24, 2016
2 P.M 7:00 P.M.
TV: FSN-Local TV: FS1
. .
at Providence at Seton Hall
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Sunday, February 28, 2016
8:30 P.M. 12:30 P.M.
TV: FS1 TV: FOX National
.
at DePaul
Saturday, January 30, 2016
2 P.M.
TV: CBSSN


Let's just take things as they come. First off, that's a brutal opener. Xavier lost to 'Nova by 13, 12, and 17 last season and 23 and 17 the year before. That's a clean 0-5 since joining the Big East by an average of more than 16 points per game. If you had given me a choice of games to open the conference season, at 'Nova at noon would have been my very last choice.

After that, things ease up considerably though. If you assume Cintas will be a fortress and Xavier can handle business on the road against weaker opponents, it's not too much of a stretch to be hoping for six straight wins after that first game. The road is never a given and Butler and Georgetown are not the kind of teams you should overlook, but those are six games that Xavier should win if they fancy themselves serious contenders for the league crown.

The middle of February will be where the conference season is made or broken for X. Five games in fifteen days that kicks off with the always-arduous road trip to Creighton followed by @Butler, Providence, @Georgetown, and Villanova will test the team's mettle and the staff's ability to turn them around and have them ready to play during a repeated stretch of tough games. If Xavier wins three of those five, they should be able to control their own destiny down the stretch.

The TV schedule was good to Xavier fans this year, with the team only twice banished to CBSSN. X also has two FSN-local games, but the rest of the slate features a dozen FS1 dates and two Saturdays in February in which Xavier will play road games on national TV.

There's a lot of ground to cover between now and then, but this announcement has me hyped for conference basketball. What is your early read on the conference schedule for Xavier?