Villanova announces an attractive 2013-14 men's hoops schedule

Villanova head coach Jay Wright.. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Villanova announced Thursday its 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule, which includes an 18-game schedule in the revamped Big East, the traditional four Big Five games, four contests inside the Wells Fargo Center and a trip to the Bahamas over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Wildcats begin their 31-game regular-season schedule on Nov. 8 at the Pavilion against Lafayette. Later that month, they will take on Southern California on Nov. 28 in the opening round of the three-day “Battle 4 Atlantis,” with a possible matchup looming the next day against Kansas.

Villanova will play its first three City Series games in succession – Dec. 4 at home against Penn, Dec. 7 at St. Joseph’s and Dec. 15 versus La Salle at home. Its final Big Five game takes place on Feb. 1 at Temple.

The Wildcats wrap up their pre-conference schedule on Dec. 28 at Syracuse, their former Big East rival that is now a member of the ACC. Three days later, on New Year’s Eve, they open Big East play against Butler at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Villanova will play each of the other nine teams in the Big East on a home-and-home basis.

The Wildcats take on Creighton, featuring All-American Doug McDermott, on Jan. 20 in the first of its four Wells Fargo Center games. The others fall on weekend afternoons – Feb. 22 vs. St. John’s, March 2 against Marquette and March 8 with Georgetown providing the opposition.

The Big East tournament will return to Madison Square Garden, beginning on March 12.

--Joe Juliano