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Report: Big Ten, Big East ink new hoops challenge

[ 0 ] May 4, 2014 |
The Big Ten and Big East are poised to begin a basketball event in 2015-16, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

The Big Ten and Big East are poised to begin a basketball event in 2015-16, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

The Big Ten and Big East conferences will hold an 11:30 a.m. news conference Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City to announce a men’s college basketball event between the two leagues.

It will start in 2015-16, tip off the season and consist of eight games between teams from the two leagues at campus sites. It will not replace the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that the leagues have agreed to an eight-year deal and the event will be called the Gavitt Tipoff Games in honor of the late Dave Gavitt, who was instrumental in the founding of the Big East and was its first commissioner.

The Big Ten expands to 14 teams with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers this fall, and the event is considered a way for the league to expand its East Coast footprint.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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