Today, Xavier University’s Department of Athletics released the 2013-14 Men’s Basketball Schedule. It features 11 games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year, and seven games against teams that made the NIT Tournament.
For the first time in quite some time, the Musketeers’ non-conference schedule isn’t that tough. Some notable non-conference games are: vs. Tennessee (Nov. 12, 9 o’clock PM), vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 14, 8 o’clock PM at US Bank Arena), and @ Alabama (Dec. 21, time to be announced).
Perhaps the reason why Xavier’s non-conference schedule isn’t too bad is because their conference schedule will be pretty tough. The Muskies aren’t a mid-major anymore; they’re playing with the big boys now, as they will go up against teams like Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, and Butler. Their first conference game of the season will be on New Year’s Eve against St. John’s.
This year, the Big East Conference is a partner with America’s newest 24-hour sports channel, Fox Sports 1. At least 19 of XU’s games will be aired on Fox Sports 1, and one game on Fox Sports 2. The Musketeers will also be featured on FSN National, CBS Sports Network, and NBC Sports Net. This is the first time in a long time that the Muskies will not be on ESPN or Fox Sports Ohio all season, however, at least 29 of the 31 regular season games will be on TV.
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