USF men's hoops gets Pitt, 'Nova twice in '12
The Big East has released its "mirror" opponents for 2011-12 men's basketball -- the three teams each school plays home-and-away to get to an 18-game league schedule. USF has a tough trio, doubling up with regular season Pittsburgh, Villanova and Providence.
Pitt, Nova and Providence went a combined 28-26 in Big East play in 2011 -- that's hardly a favor for the team that finished 15th in last year's standings. The Bulls had Pitt and Providence twice last year, but Villanova replaces Providence, a much tougher task.
Which team has the toughest set of repeat opponents? West Virginia landed Pitt and Notre Dame, who finished 1-2 in the regular-season standings, so their repeats went a combined 34-20. The easiest set is Seton Hall, which gets UConn twice but also gets DePaul and Rutgers, so their repeats were a combined 15-39.
You'd think as a rule the teams that had the most success would get the toughest mirrors, but that's really not the case -- USF's mirrors went 28-26, while the league's top three teams from the 2011 standings have it easier -- Pitt's went 26-28, Notre Dame's 25-29 and Syracuse's 25-29. DePaul, which went 1-17, has three repeats that went a combined 31-23 ...