Villanova’s basketball team, which has no seniors back from a team that finished 21-12 and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, will open its season on Nov. 11 at home against Monmouth.
The Big East schedule was released last week. The Wildcats start the conference at West Virginia on Dec. 28.
They have 15 games against teams that were in the NCAA field last season. And they’ll be on national television a minimum of 18 times, beginning with a Thanksgiving Day game against UC Riverside at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. They’ll get either Boston College or St. Louis in the second round.
They’ll play Missouri in the first part of the Jimmy V Classic in New York on Dec. 6.
Defending national champion Connecticut will be at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 20 for ESPN’s “Big Monday.” The other games being taken to South Philly are Boston University on Dec. 13, Syracuse on Jan. 11, Marquette on Jan. 28 and Notre Dame on Feb. 25. There’s also an exhibition against New York Tech there on Nov. 8.
In the Big 5, they host LaSalle on Nov. 15 and Penn on Dec. 3. They’ll go to Temple on Dec. 10 and be at Saint Joseph's a week later.
The Wildcats also get Delaware (Nov. 18) and American (Dec. 22) at the Pavilion.
Here is the Wildcats’ schedule (rest of game times to be released):
8 (Tuesday) NEW YORK TECH (WFC) Exhibition
11 (Friday) MONMOUTH
15 (Tuesday) LA SALLE +
18 (Friday) DELAWARE
24 (Thursday) UC Riverside 1 4:30 p.m./ESPN2
25 (Friday) BC or Saint Louis 1 ESPN2/ESPNU
27 (Sunday) 76 Classic 1 ESPN2/ESPNU
3 (Saturday) PENN+
6 (Tuesday) vs. Missouri 2 7:00 p.m./ESPN
10 (Saturday) at Temple+ 5:00 p.m./ESPN2
13 (Tuesday) BOSTON UNIVERSITY (WFC)
17 (Saturday) at Saint Joseph’s +
22 (Thursday) AMERICAN
28 (Wednesday) at West Virginia*
1 (Sunday) at Marquette* 1:00 p.m./ESPNU
5 (Thursday) USF*
8 (Sunday) DEPAUL*
11 (Wednesday) SYRACUSE* (WFC) 7:00 p.m./ ESPN2
14 (Saturday) at Cincinnati*
18 (Wednesday) SETON HALL* 7:00 p.m./ESPNU
21 (Saturday) at St. John’s* 1:00 p.m./ESPNU
25 (Wednesday) at Louisville* 7:00 p.m./ESPN
28 (Saturday) MARQUETTE*(WFC) Noon/ESPN or ESPN2
5 (Sunday) at Pittsburgh* 2:00 p.m./ESPN
7 (Tuesday) PROVIDENCE*
15 (Wednesday) at USF* 7:00 p.m./ESPN or ESPN2
18 (Saturday) NOTRE DAME*(WFC) 9:00 p.m./ESPNU
20 (Monday) CONNECTICUT* (WFC) 7:00 p.m./ESPN
25 (Saturday) at Georgetown* 2:00 p.m./CBS
1 (Thursday) at Rutgers* 9:00 p.m./ESPN or ESPN2
3 (Saturday) CINCINNATI* 2:00 p.m./ESPN or ESPN2
6-10 (Tues.-Sat.) Big East Tournament ESPN/ESPN2
HOME GAMES IN CAPS played at The Pavilion unless otherwise noted
WFC – Home game played at Wells Fargo Center
* Denotes BIG EAST Conference game
+ Denotes Philadelphia Big Five game
1 – 76 Classic, Anaheim, Cal.
2 – Jimmy V Classic, New York, N.Y.
Times are tentative and subject to change
Times and regional television information to be released at a later date