Big East releases conference schedule
NEW YORK (AP) A five-game marathon featuring all of the Big East's teams again highlights the conference's schedule for 2015-16.
Conference play for the 3-year-old, basketball-centric league begins Dec. 30 with Seton Hall at Marquette and Georgetown at DePaul. The league will again play an 18-game, double round-robin schedule. That all leads to the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 9-12. It will be the 34th Big East tournament at the Garden.
Villanova was the regular-season and tournament champion last season. The Big East had six teams in the NCAA Tournament: Villanova, Providence, Georgetown, St. John's, Butler and Xavier.
Two schools have new coaches this season: Dave Leitao at DePaul and Chris Mullin at St. John's.