At one point during Head Coach John Thompson III’s appearance on ESPNU’s College Basketball Podcast on Feb. 18, host Andy Katz said, “You know, the schedule is completely unbalanced, but you’ve known that for years in the Big East.”
Complaints about unbalanced schedules in the Big East are nothing new. When the league had only 10 teams, the schedule was a double round-robin, meaning that each team would play every other team twice — once on the road, and once at home — a system that is about as fair as possible.
This season, with 15 teams in the league, such a format is impossible, and Georgetown will play each team at least once and four teams (Marquette, Rutgers, St. John’s and Syracuse) twice. Between 2003 — when five teams from Conference USA joined the Big East — and 2012, each team in the Big East played every other team in the league once and three teams twice each season.