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Big East basketball conference play is set to begin weekend of December 11

Xavier usually has about three weeks between the Crosstown Shootout and the start of Big East play. Since 2017, the Musketeers have had time off for Christmas and played a few more non-conference games before starting the conference gauntlet.

That won't be the case in 2020.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, the Big East men's basketball conference schedule will begin Friday, Dec. 11, and opening conference games will take place during that weekend.

As a result, Xavier will have less than a week between the 2020 Crosstown Shootout and the start of conference play.

Xavier's rivalry game is the only officially announced game so far for the Musketeers' 2020-2021 season.