June 9, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – When the men’s basketball season rolls around, Notre Dame will not face all of the opponents in the Big East.
The Big East has restructured the layout for its conference with the addition of Virginia Tech. The Hokies mark the 14th team to compete in basketball in the Big East. Due to the large amount of basketball schools in the conference, the Big East opted to split the conference in half.
The new format does not allow the Irish to face Providence, Villanova and Miami. The Irish faced Miami twice in the regular season last year as well as in the Big East tournament.
In Notre Dame’s division are the following schools, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia. The other division contains Boston College, UConn, Miami, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova and Virginia Tech. The Big East has yet to name either division.
Notre Dame will play all six of their division opponents on a home and away basis. The Irish will also play four games against members of the other division. Matt Doherty and his squad will host St. John’s and Boston College. Notre Dame will face UConn and Virginia Tech on the road.