Big East looking at scheduling options with leagues, including B1G

By Ramzy Nasrallah on May 4, 2014 at 4:33p
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UPDATE 5pm EDT Sunday: A press conference has just been scheduled for tomorrow at 12:30 EDT at Madison Square Garden. The speakers will be Bill Raftery, Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., President, Providence College, Dan Gavitt, NCAA Vice President of Men’s Basketball Championship and Jim Delany.

There will also be current and former Big East and B1G head coaches in attendance for the announcement. Smoke: Meet fire.


The B1G/ACC Challenge is already the highest-profile conference throw-down in college basketball. Could another series be in the works?

Such an alliance, which could be in place by the 2015-16 season, would be similar to the early-season challenge series that pit teams from the Big Ten against the Atlantic Coast Conference or the Southeastern Conference against the Big 12.

Ackerman declined to specify which league or leagues the Big East might be holding discussions with. Several people associated with Big East schools indicated the Big Ten could be a likely candidate.

Current Big East basketball schools include Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. That arrangement would leave four B1G schools on the outside looking in with no dance partner.

Regardless, the Big East isn't the basketball conference it used to be, but it isn't too shabby either - and considering how weak non-conference scheduling has been around marquee opponents this would be seen as a holistic upgrade. 

Verdict: Please be true.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I want to see a B1G - SEC challenge just for the irony of various fans screaming "SEC SEC SEC!" after finishing 2-12.

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mr.green's picture

B1G should take all comers in challenges. nothing to lose. 

PoKeY21's picture

Just watched The Doors movie for the first time in a long time last night, still pretty excellent. Hard to believe that movies almost 25 years old now.

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ibuck's picture

Who picks the B1G teams that play? Hopefully the teams that seem destined to finish at the bottom of the B1G are the ones that are left out. But I'm sure this will be rotating deal over several seasons.

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hetuck's picture

How long till ESPN sends OSU to Xavier?

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4cornersbuck's picture

We need to prove we can beat Dayton first.

4cornersbuck

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

This should only be the Big East versus the B1G East. Our eastern division should play their top schools and then their bottom three can sit out...
This way it would be the (old) Big East vs (new) B1G East.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Then who do you find for the western half of the conference to play? A B1G - MVC challenge doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Also...Creighton, DuPaul & Marquette are all in B1GW states (and Butler is in split Indiana).

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Fuzzbuck's picture

Good deal. Even if you rotate who is in it from the B1G you still play in it two out of three years- nothing wrong with that. Big East may add teams at some point also.

FROMTHE18's picture

the Big East is still a thing?

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PoKeY21's picture

Think there is anyway of pulling off a conference challenge in football? Probably not with schedules being made so far in advanced and the money lost by playing an away game, but it sure would be fun to watch, right!?!

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hit_the_couch's picture

I don't even think most of those schools have football. If they do, it's either d1aa or d2.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

PoKeY21's picture

Obviously wouldn't want it to be the Big East lol. It would be more fun with the Pac, Acc, or most definitely the Sec. If you did the research I would say the B1G already has close to a "conference challenge" with the MAC. So lets get the Marketers on this. I want intellectual property royalties!

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bucksfan92's picture

This does not interest me at all.  The Big East is now a mid-major and does not deserve a "challenge" with the B1G.  The B1G-ACC stands alone in the CBB world as far as matching equals on the court.  The B1G stands to gain nothing from this. 

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Sure the Big East isn't what it used to be, but I would say OSU playing a team like Villanova or Creighton is a match-up I think we'd rather see than some of the non-conference games we've seen them play lately.

 

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hit_the_couch's picture

Some of the matchups would be good but it's not the same as a few years ago before the catholic 7 ,and the other members had issues, the conference splitting and some of the top teams leaving all together.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Tribune saying it's a done deal:

Big Ten, Big East to launch basketball series

The result is a collaboration called the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

The Tribune has learned that Delany and Ackerman will introduce the new annual series in a news conference Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Eight teams from each league will square off at home sites beginning in the 2015-16 season. The contract runs eight years.

.../snip/...

The eight yearly Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on four consecutive days (Tuesday-Friday) in the first week of the season. Fox Sports1 will telecast the Big East home games, while ESPN and BTN will take the Big Ten home matchups.

Teams will be chosen based on competitiveness and geographical rivalries.

Games such as Northwestern-DePaul, Nebraska-Creighton, Wisconsin-Marquette, Rutgers-Seton Hall and Maryland-Georgetown could be folded into the series, but Delany said he hopes the annual matchups will be “additive, not in lieu of.”

This binds the two regions together,” Delany said, “and builds the basketball for both conferences.”

I think this is a lot less about SoS and a lot more about increasing exposure of B1G teams on the BB mad East Coast. Ohio State, Indiana, Sparty or TSUN playing in Madison Square Gardens is a big deal.

703Buckeye's picture

Games such as Northwestern-DePaul, Nebraska-Creighton, Wisconsin-Marquette, Rutgers-Seton Hall and Maryland-Georgetown could be folded into the series, but Delany said he hopes the annual matchups will be “additive, not in lieu of.

Hello Xavier!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

That part of the article was talking about handling existing rivalries but yeah I'm sure an OSU-XU match up will get pushed.

I'm sure everyone can't wait for the PSU - Villanova match up.

Homey1970's picture

Wanting to see the Ohio State versus State (of) Ohio Challenge.  Buckeyes travel to all D1 Ohio schools to show'em who's boss of the BUCKEYE state!  [of course, excluding the Wright Flyer(s) this year--still blaming that loss on Huffman Prairie and that damn catapult!]

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Jeremypreemo81's picture

like this idea a lot as long as they keep the ACC/B1G matchups.

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BHT's picture

They will according to ESPN:

The Big Ten-ACC Challenge will continue as always.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/10882667/big-east-...

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route4buckeye's picture

Cool. I like the idea of playing Xavier, Butler, Marquette, Georgetown, and Villanova.

Shangheyed's picture

Guarentees quality opponents, one can see what the ACC/B1G has become, this should be nothing less.  Exciting for B1G and for all of college basketball.