Big East Announces MLK Day Hoops Marathon for 2016-17 Season

The Big East has said they will release the full conference schedule on Tuesday, but the league announced a bit of a teaser on Monday afternoon. The league will hold their Big East marathon on Martin Luther King, Jr Day this season. The news was reported ahead of the announcement by Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. The marathon will involve all 10 teams being in action with the first game tipping at 12pm EST and the final matchup getting started at 9pm. The Big East has had some memorable MLK Day matchups, especially in 2011 when a doubleheader featured games between top 10 teams with #5 Pittsburgh beating #3 Syracuse and #8 UConn taking down #7 Villanova. All five games on January 16th will be televised on FS1.

The league did not have a marathon to open the conference season last year after opening Big East play with all 10 teams on the court on New Year’s Eve in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. Instead some teams opened on December 30th and some on December 31st with a full complement of five games taking place on January 2nd, which the league dubbed a “New Years Marathon”. With the College Football Playoff taking place on New Year’s Eve, it seems likely the Big East is looking for other creative ways to have it’s teams featured — not to mention the marketing — on the same day and playing a marathon on MLK Day seems like a solid idea.

Here are the matchups for the MLK Day marathon this season:

Stay tuned for the full schedule to be released at 12pm on Tuesday.

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