Eagles get air time

Kim Kaiser

One game will be televised on ABC and one on CBS as well. Also included in the conference schedule are three appearances on ESPN, two telecasts on ESPN2 and three broadcasts on the ESPN-Plus C-USA Weekend Package.

Following the games at Southern Mississippi on Jan. 12 and at Charlotte on Jan. 20, nine of the final 11 conference games will be televised. Included in this set are games against Louisville Jan. 13 on ESPN and at DePaul, Jan. 7 on ABC. The team will conclude regular-season conference play against Louisville on March 6 on CBS.

The non-conference schedule has not yet been released, but is expected to be in the coming days. However, head coach Tom Crean told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Nov. 13 game against St. John’s in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City has been confirmed as a televised match up.

“Nobody would be happier to release the non-conference schedule than me, but it’s not done yet,” Crean told the Journal Sentinel. “It’s been a matter of putting the last few things together. There’s things that we still have to work out.”

C-USA will eliminate the American and National divisions it has used since the leagues innaugural 1997-’98 season. The conference will now play as a 14-team league, each team playing the others once, with the exception of three “mirror” teams, which they will face a second time, making a 16-game conference schedule.

Marquette’s three “mirror” games are with Louisville, DePaul and Saint Louis.

“We are extremely pleased with the Conference USA schedule this year,” Crean said. “The level of competition in the league keeps getting better every year and our consistently growing fan base will have the opportunity to witness Marquette battle some of the top teams — not only in our league, but in the country on an up-close level. In addition, the number of television exposures is a recognition of the growth and success of the Marquette program and will allow our fans and alumni across the country to see us play often.”