Wednesday, the Big 12 announced its men's basketball teams would face those in the Big East as part of a series for four seasons beginning in 2019-20.With both conferences having 10 teams, there will be five home games for each conference every year of the series. Broadcast rights for the yet-to-be-named series will be determined by the home team's conference, with ESPN having the Big 12's television right and Fox Sports controlling the Big East's.The conferences have four scheduled meetings in 2018-19, with Kansas State playing at Marquette, Villanova playing at Kansas, Creighton playing at Oklahoma and Providence playing at Texas. The return games of those matchups will be included in the series' 2019 slate, with the complete 2019 series schedule to be announced in the spring.This season, Big 12 teams, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, are participating in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 26, with the Sooners hosting Vanderbilt and the Cowboys hosting South Carolina. … [Read more...] about Big 12 announces men’s basketball series with Big East
Dave Skretta, Ap Sports Writer Published 9:29 am CDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has announced an extension of its contract to keep its men's basketball tournament in Kansas City through 2024, along with a four-year scheduling pact with the Big East. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday that there was little debate whether to keep the tournament at Sprint Center. The previous contract was set to expire after the 2020 season. As for the Big East alliance, Bowlsby said it was designed to address the scheduling concerns of many coaches. The Big 12 already plays a double round-robin schedule, and as other large leagues go to 20-game conference slates, it has become difficult to add competitive nonconference games. The alliance will begin next year, with five games played at Big 12 venues and five played at Big East venues. Kansas-Villanova, Texas-Providence, Oklahoma-Creighton and Kansas State-Marquette are set, with … [Read more...] about Big 12 extends tourney in KC, announces Big East deal
Adam Baum Cincinnati Enquirer Published 9:53 AM EDT Oct 23, 2018 Coming off a 29-6 season that ended with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a Big East regular-season championship – both firsts for Xavier University's men's basketball program – the question now is: What's next for the Musketeers? After going 15-3 in Big East play and clinching its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, Xavier will have a much different look this season in terms of personnel. The new look has led to questions, which always accompany a new season. Xavier knows that, especially when a team has to replace its head coach and its top-three scorers from the previous season. LOVE XAVIER? Subscribe today to get access to all of our coverage Another question will be where Xavier's men land Thursday at Big East Media Day at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Joining first-year head coach Travis Steele at Media Day will be junior point … [Read more...] about 2018-19 Xavier Basketball: Big East Media day primer
Jerry Carino Asbury Park Press Published 1:54 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018 Does Jim Delany have a game plan to steal — or share — Madison Square Garden during championship week down the road? The Big Ten commissioner seemed to be going there during his remarks at the conference’s men’s basketball media day Thursday. “We’ve talked to (Madison Square Garden) about the future,” Delany told reporters in Chicago. “We’ve presented them with a powerful, promotional plan that we think, along with the other conferences, if you can elevate Madison Square Garden, we think we can elevate it to the next level with regard to college basketball postseason competition. We’ll see where that goes.” RELATED: Myles Johnson's Rutgers' man of mystery RELATED: It's go time for Seton Hall's Cale, Mamu There's one problem: The Big East has that week locked up through 2026. That's why last year, when the Big Ten played … [Read more...] about Is Jim Delany trying to steal the Garden from the Big East?
In multiple ways, the Big East is a better basketball partner for the Big 12 than any other conference. The Big East consists of just 10 schools, which means every member of both leagues would partake in the challenge. Four SEC schools per year sit out the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Also, the Big East is a basketball-centric league. There are no hoop duds in the Big East. At least not in basketball brand.Defending NCAA champion Villanova is in the Big East, along with Xavier, Butler, Creighton, Marquette, DePaul, St. John’s, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Providence. DePaul and St. John’s have fallen on hard times but have splendid traditions. An OSU-DePaul or OU-St. John’s game would be more interesting than OSU-Ole Miss or OU-South Carolina.A potential Big 12/Big East Challenge lineup of Kansas-Villanova, Texas-Xavier, Iowa State-Creighton, Oklahoma-Marquette, Oklahoma State-Providence, Kansas State-Butler, West Virginia-Georgetown, TCU-Seton Hall, Baylor-DePaul and Texas … [Read more...] about Big East challenge would be great for Big 12 basketball