NEW YORK — Just came from the Big East/Fox Sports press conference in midtown Manhattan and here are the highlights.
**As has been widely reported, Butler, Creighton and Xavier will officially join the new 10-team league as of July 1 and begin play next year in men’s and women’s hoops and all Olympic sports. They will join the Catholic 7 of DePaul, Georgetown Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova. Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s and Seton Hall are all founding members of the Big East, which began conference play in 1979. Villanova was added in 1980, while DePaul and Marquette joined in 2006.
**The league announced a 12-year deal with Fox Sports and its new Fox Sports 1 multi-sport channel, which launches Aug. 17. Father Brian J. Shanley of Providence College said the deal — reportedly worth $500 million — offers “stability” to the Big East. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jay Bilas is a former Duke basketball player, an attorney and maybe the smartest man in the room when it comes to college basketball.
So when he says it’s inevitable that the ACC Tournament will eventually come to Madison Square Garden, we should probably pay attention.
“I always thought the ACC Tournament was the best tournament,” Bilas told SNY.tv prior to calling Louisville’s 78-61 victory over Syracuse in the Big East championship for ESPN.
“This is the best tournament, the Big East. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jim Boeheim isn’t alone in thinking that moving the ACC Tournament to Madison Square Garden is a good idea.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the ACC would benefit from such a move, too.
“I don’t know if they would go for it, like Duke and Carolina, but I think they would benefit greatly,” Pitino told SNY.tv following Louisville’s 74-55 victory over Villanova in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.
He added: “I would love to see it, I don’t know if they can pull it off.” To read more of this story, click here
With the last Big East Tournament as we know it set to tip off today, here is a video and a few news updates to keep you posted.
**Above is the SNY Big East Tournament preview featuring Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco. The league also formally announced Tuesday that the Catholic 7 would get to keep the “Big East” name going forward, and said it would soon provide more information about “the expected broadcast media deal, season-ending tournament and additional members of the new conference,” which are expected to be Butler, Creighton and Xavier.
“We think it all worked out logically,” Aresco told SNY, “in terms of the name, the Garden and the finances.”
**At 5 p.m. today, the Big East will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. will be named the Player of the Year.
**For the Big East Tournament schedule, click here.
**Meantime, the Big East officially announced that Notre Dame will head to the ACC on July 1, joining Syracuse and Pitt, meaning that the 14 teams in this current Big East tournament will go to three separate leagues next year.
“This decision makes sense for the Big East,” said Aresco. “In view of Notre Dame’s expressed desire to join the ACC on an earlier timetable, the Big East and Notre Dame were able to arrive at an acceptable resolution. The Big East can now focus fully on its future alignment and rebranding efforts. I want to thank the Notre Dame administration and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick for their efforts in moving toward this orderly transition. Notre Dame has been a valued member of the Big East and we wish them well.”
“From the time of our decision to join the ACC we have stressed our commitment to ensuring that our departure was achieved in a collegial manner,” Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick said. “This agreement realizes that intention and we are very grateful to the members of the Big East and Commissioner Aresco for helping to facilitate this orderly and timely transition.”
Here’s how it breaks down: To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK - Gorgui Dieng
, Louisville’s junior center, has been named Big East Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
The league also announced that Kadeem Batts of Providence and Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse are co-winners of the Big East Most Improved Player Award. Marquette junior forward Davante Gardner has won the Big East Sixth Man Award. His teammate Junior Cadougan has been named the winner of the Big East Sportsmanship Award.
Dieng, a 6-11 center from Kebemer, Senegal, was the force in the paint who helped Louisville tie for the Big East regular-season title. Dieng averaged 10.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots in all games. In Big East play, he was the league rebounding champion with a 10.8 average and was second in blocked shots with an average of 2.8. To read more of this story, click here
As first reported by SNY.tv
, Georgetown forward Otto Porter, Jr.
was named unanimously to the All-Big East First Team and thus will be named the league’s Player of the Year on Tuesday.
The conference will also name Big East Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.
In addition to Porter, Louisville placed two players on the first team, guard Russ Smith and center Gorgui Dieng. The other first team selections were Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley and Providence guard Bryce Cotton.
Porter, a 6-8 sophomore, led the Hoyas to the Big East regular-season crown and was the only unanimous selection. In league games, he was second in the Big East in scoring with an 18.1 average, fifth in rebounding with a 7.3 mark and tied for third in steals with a 1.8 average. He made 44.1 percent from 3-point range, which ranked second in the league.
Smith, a 6-0 junior, was second in the Big East in overall scoring, averaging 17.9 points. He was third in steals with a 2.0 mark. Dieng, a 6-11 junior, averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in all games. In Big East play, he was the league rebounding champion with a 10.8 average and was second in blocked shots with an average of 2.8. To read more of this story, click here
It’s the last Big East Tournament featuring Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville, Notre Dame and others. Enjoy it while you can!
Here’s the schedule:
2013 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN • NEW YORK, N.Y.
Tuesday, March 12 – First Round (ESPNU)
No. 13 USF (12-18) vs. No. 12 Seton Hall (14-17) – 7 p.m.
No. 14 DePaul (11-20) vs. No. 11 Rutgers (14-15) - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 – Second Round (ESPN/ESPN2)
No. 9 Cincinnati (21-10) vs. No. 8 Providence (17-13) - Noon
USF/Seton Hall winner vs. No. 5 Syracuse (23-8) - 2 p.m.
No. 10 St. John’s (16-14) vs. No. 7 Villanova (19-12) - 7 p.m.
Rutgers/DePaul winner vs. No. 6 Notre Dame (23-8) - 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 – Quarterfinals (ESPN)
8/9 winner vs. No. 1 Georgetown (24-5) - Noon
5/12/13 winner vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh (24-7) - 2 p.m.
7/10 winner vs. No. 2 Louisville (26-5) - 7 p.m.
6/11/14 winner vs. No. 3 Marquette (23-7) - 9 p.m.
Friday, March 15 – Semifinals (ESPN)
Thursday afternoon winners - 7 p.m.
Thursday evening winners - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 – Championship (ESPN)
Semifinal winners - 8:30 p.m.
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Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco today announced that after several weeks of cordial and professional discussions, a definitive agreement has been reached that will enable a mutually-beneficial separation of some of the league’s current members and allow an orderly formation of a new conference by the seven basketball schools. The separation will become effective on July 1, 2013 and the new league will retain the rights to the Big East name.
The agreement, which remains subject to formal Board approval, contemplates continued cooperation and playing opportunities between the conferences.
“I am pleased that this agreement has been reached,” said Aresco. “With the long-term well-being of our outstanding institutions and their student-athletes of paramount importance, each group worked through a number of complex issues in an orderly, comprehensive and amicable manner marked by mutual respect. We part ways as friends and colleagues and look forward to the success of both conferences.” To read more of this story, click here
With the Catholic 7 reportedly set to breakaway and become the new Big East as of today, here’s a quick reminder of how the new leagues will look going forward.
Keep in mind that the ACC will reportedly accept Notre Dame this summer assuming the Irish can negotiate an exit from the Big East. Notre Dame had planned on remaining in the Big East until 2014 assuming the Catholic 7 did the same.
But the Catholic 7 are now going to leave and form their new league — taking the Big East name with them — beginning July 1. They also need to hire a commissioner, set up league offices (potentially in New York) and organize bylaws. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK (AP) — Big East football schools will get almost all of a $110 million pot in a deal that will allow seven departing basketball schools to keep the name Big East and start playing in their own conference next season, a person familiar with the negotiations says.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the separation agreement has not yet been finalized. That is likely to happen by the end of the week. The football schools will receive approximately $100 million under the agreement, most of which will go to holdover members Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati. To read more of this story, click here