OMAHA, Neb. – Home games against defending BIG EAST Tournament champion Seton Hall and defending BIG EAST regular-season champion and NCAA champion Villanova to start league play highlight Creighton’s 18-game conference scheduled released on Tuesday by conference officials.
The Bluejays will play 18 league games in all during their fourth season in the BIG EAST Conference, playing all nine opponents both home and away. Eight of Creighton’s league games will come on Saturdays, with half of those at home.
Five of Creighton’s six BIG EAST games are against teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last spring. In addition to Seton Hall (Dec. 28) and Villanova (Dec. 31), Creighton also plays at Providence (Jan. 7), hosts Butler (Jan. 11) and visits Xavier (Jan. 16) after a road contest at Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 4 against St. John’s. The Xavier game will be part of the league’s BIG EAST Marathon and take place on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, while the home game against Villanova will mark the first defending national champion to play at Creighton since Oklahoma State on Feb. 8, 1947.
Home games with Marquette (Jan. 21) and DePaul (Jan. 28) sandwich a road contest at Georgetown (Jan. 25) to round out the first half of the league schedule.
The annual Creighton vs. Cancer Pink Out will take place on January 28 at CenturyLink Center Omaha and open the second half of league play. A trip to Butler (Jan. 31) opens a stretch of three out of four road games before CU closes with three of five at home to end the season.
Georgetown (Feb. 19) and Providence (Feb. 22) head to Omaha before CU visits Villanova on Feb. 25 for a game at The Pavilion. It’ll be CU’s first true road game in the regular-season against a defending NCAA champion since meeting Marquette on Feb. 7, 1978.
Creighton’s Feb. 28 home game vs. St. John’s will also serve as Senior Day for Zach Hanson, Cole Huff, Maurice Watson Jr. and Isaiah Zierden, and precede the regular-season finale on March 4 at Marquette.
The BIG EAST also announced the television coverage and start times for many of Creighton’s non-conference games, with the complete line-up available at GoCreighton.com. With the exception of up to three contests at the Paradise Jam, every game will be televised. FOX will televise games against Xavier and Villanova, with FS1, FS2 and FSN broadcasting a total of at least 21 other Bluejay games. CU also will air on CBS Sports Network up to five times, ESPN2 once and BTN once.
Creighton returns four starters from last year’s team that finished 20-15 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. CU went 9-9 last year in the BIG EAST, good for sixth place.