And now, finally, your Big East schedule

Sure, the Big East schedule took a little longer than most other conferences -- you have LeBron James to blame for that -- but like the prodigal son, the schedule is here now, and that's all that matters.

Yes, the Big East announced its schedule at 3 p.m. ET Friday, complete with analysis, event breakdowns, and a day-by-day look at the games you have to look forward to, provided you're a Big East hoops fan. Perhaps most interesting is the composite schedule, which lists every game you should mark on your calendar in the coming year. There are a few immediately noticeable highlights: Jan. 17's Martin Luther King Day doubleheader featuring Villanova at Connecticut at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by Syracuse at Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. ET, is a doozy of a date. There's also a Feb. 14 Big Monday Valentine's Day matchup between West Virginia and Syracuse that could, if preseason projections hold, play a big role in the deciding the conference champ as the postseason draws near.

Anyway, it's the Big East, and even in a slightly "down" season -- which, to be fair, this year's league might have -- there are still going to be oodles of games that should tickle your basketball-watching fancy. So go pore over the schedule and mark your days accordingly. If the Big East's arenas have indeed figured out which days belong to LeBron, you know basketball can't be that far away.