Storm to open Big East season at Xavier

The St. John’s men’s basketball team will start the new Big East era with its first conference game on New Year’s Eve and will end its regular season with a “protected rivalry” game against Marquette in March, according to the conference schedule that was released last Thursday.

The schedule included all 18 conference games plus TV information. Twenty-three Red Storm games will be nationally televised. The majority of games appear on Fox Sports 1, while two will take place on CBS Sports Network and one on the national FOX network.

The Red Storm kick off Super Bowl weekend against Marquette on Feb. 1 as part of a college basketball double header at Madison Square Garden. St. John’s game will be followed by a non-conference matchup between Georgetown and Michigan State.

Each Big East team will play every other team twice – both at home and on the road.

Two conference games will be played at Carnesecca Arena as opposed to Madison Square Garden. They are Jan. 16 against Providence and Jan. 23 against Seton Hall. The Garden will host nine game over the course of the season – seven of them in-conference.

The Big East set aside a “protected rivalry” game for the last weekend of the season. St. John’s rivalry game is a road contest against Marquette on March 8 at a time still to be announced.