Hoops Releases 2012-13 BIG EAST Schedule
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2012-13 Cincinnati men's basketball schedule

CINCINNATI -
Eleven BIG EAST Conference games on national television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS) and six league home games against teams that advanced to postseason play a year ago highlight the BIG EAST portion of the University of Cincinnati men's basketball schedule released by the conference Wednesday.

Every UC conference game will be televised by either the ESPN family of networks or CBS. Among those 11 national broadcasts is a pair of Big Monday matchups (Notre Dame at Fifth Third Arena, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., ESPN2 and at Louisville, Mar. 4, 7 p.m., ESPN) as well as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day road game at Syracuse (Jan. 21, 3:30 p.m., ESPN). Fifth Third Arena remains under consideration as host site for ESPN's College GameDay show on Feb. 9 prior to UC's contest with Pittsburgh. The game will air on ESPN or ESPN2 at 6 or 9 p.m. A decision by ESPN will be made near the end of January.

The Bearcats also will appear nationally on CBS when they play at Notre Dame Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.

For the season, UC will be seen on national television 14 times when combined with previously announced non-conference matchups against Alabama (Dec. 1, 3 p.m., ESPN2), Xavier (Dec. 19, 7 p.m.,  ESPN2) and New Mexico (Dec. 27, 9 p.m., ESPN2). The finalized schedule, including television and game time information for all of UC's 31 regular-season games has yet to be completed.

"It's nice to see our program gaining respect and prominence with the number of nationally televised games we have this coming season," seventh-year UC head coach Mick Cronin said. "At the same time though, our team understands the responsibility and level of commitment it takes to live up to those expectations."

Nine of UC's BIG EAST Conference foes advanced to postseason play last season, including eight that appeared in the NCAA tournament and four that advanced to at least the regional semifinal round.

Other UC home conference games include St. John's (Jan. 5 on ESPNU at 4 p.m.); Marquette (Jan. 19, ESPNU, 7 p.m.); Rutgers (Jan. 30); Georgetown (Feb. 15, 9 p.m., ESPN); Connecticut (Mar. 2) and USF (Mar. 9).

"Without a doubt our crowd impacts our games," Cronin said. "So, I want to encourage UC fans to help sell out Fifth Third Arena and continue to make it one of the toughest on-campus arenas to play in the country."

For the second consecutive year the Bearcats begin their conference slate on the road at Pittsburgh (Dec. 31, Noon, ESPN2).  Pitt is one of the three league teams -- including Notre Dame and Connecticut - that will play both home and road games against UC this season.

Other BIG EAST Conference road games for the Bearcats include Rutgers (Jan. 12); DePaul (Jan. 15); Seton Hall (Feb. 2, 11 a.m., ESPNU); Providence (Feb. 6) and Connecticut (Feb. 21, 7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2).

2012-13 MBB Schedule Notes
-Counting two exhibition games, UC's complete schedule includes 33 games overall with 20 home dates.
-The schedule features 18 games against 15 teams that advanced to postseason play a year ago. (NCAA tournament field: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Iowa State, Marquette, Mississippi Valley State, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Syracuse, UNLV*, USF and Xavier; NIT field: Oregon* and Seton Hall; CBI field: Pittsburgh. Please note UC will play either Oregon or UNLV in the Global Sports Invitational.)
-Though television broadcast information is not complete, UC currently will appear 14 times on national television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS) during the season, including 11 occasions during league play.
-Among UC's opponents appearing in early preseason rankings (CBSSports.com/ESPN.com) are Louisville (3/2), Syracuse (7/10), Notre Dame (NR/19) and potential opponent UNLV (13/23).
-Ten teams on UC's schedule have been forecasted to make the 2012-13 NCAA tournament field, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi (listing from Aug. 13): Alabama, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Oregon*, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and UNLV*. Please note UC will play either Oregon or UNLV in the Global Sports Invitational.

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