BIG EAST program announced for men’s basketball
OMAHA, Neb. – BIG EAST have announced the schedule for the 2021-22 men’s basketball conference and it will start with a big start on December 17 as the top two teams from last season meet when Villanova travels to Omaha.
Creighton’s ninth season in the BIG EAST kicks off on December 17 against Villanova. Creighton or Villanova (or both) have won the BIG EAST regular season title in seven of the past eight seasons. The Bluejays and Wildcats have divided the series of seasons in each of the last two campaigns.
The Bluejays first hit the BIG EAST route on December 20 for a game against DePaul in CU’s final game before the Christmas break. Creighton will look to improve his 17-1 record against the Blue Demons since joining BIG EAST, but will face new head coach Tony Stubblefield for the first time.
After the holidays, Creighton welcomes Georgetown in a rematch of the 2021 BIG EAST tournament title match won by the Hoyas. The Jays then open 2022 on New Years Day with a road trip to Marquette, where CU is an all-time 3-0 record at the Fiserv Forum. The Bluejays remain on the road for a January 5 game in Villanova, which will be played on the Nova campus of the Finneran Pavilion.
The Bluejays are hosting three of their next four games at CHI Health Center Omaha, starting with a Jan. 11 date against Providence. CU hiked Jan. 15 to Xavier before losing at home to St. John’s (Jan. 19) and DePaul (Jan. 22).
Returning to Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time since appearing on Sweet 16 in March, Creighton plays a rare midweek match at Butler on January 26 before closing the month with a home game on January 29 against Xavier.
Three of CU’s first four games in February will be on the road, starting with a February 1 game at UConn. Three days later, Creighton performs at Seton Hall on February 4. Butler visits CHI Health Center Omaha on February 8 before Creighton’s trip to Washington, DC, for a game in Georgetown.
After an eight-day hiatus, Creighton returns to the field on February 20 for a home game against Marquette, then heads east to meet St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena (February 23) and Providence (February 26).
The Bluejays close the year with a pair of home games, hosting UConn on March 2 before entertaining Seton Hall to wrap up the regular season on March 5.
The BIG EAST tournament will again take place at Madison Square Garden and take place March 9-12 in New York City.
Start times and TV coverage are expected to be finalized in the near future and will be updated on the program page on GoCreighton.com once confirmed.
Creighton will have his first official practice of the season on Tuesday as he begins preparations for an exhibition game Oct. 30 against Upper Iowa. The regular season begins Nov. 9 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, with non-conference games against Nebraska, Iowa State, BYU and Arizona State highlighting the slate in addition to three games in the US Virgin Islands at Paradise Jam.