Just a few days ago the ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule was announced. Well hang on to your hats folks because the Big Ten will be a part of a new challenge starting in the 2015-16 season with the Big East.
A press conference is to be held on Monday in New York in which both the Big Ten and Big East will announce a partnership through 2020 to hold the challenge between eight teams from each conference yearly. The annual challenge will be named the Gavitt Tipoff Games after Big East founder and innovator Dave Gavitt.
The eight games will take place the first week of the season–four at a Big Ten school and four at a Big East school. The Big Ten home games will be broadcast on ESPN or the Big Ten Network while the Big East home games will be televised on Fox Sports1.
What this means for the Big Ten is that they get to take part in another challenge and add some more pop to the opening week of college basketball. The Big East benefits by playing some really good top-notch talent as the conference tries to establish itself once again as a dominant league.
On a personal note I see no reason why these two conferences will not benefit from playing each other. It also adds some much-needed excitement to the beginning of the season. Not to mention it has the possibility to strengthen some team’s schedule.
The press conference is slated for 11:30 a.m. CT at Madison Square Garden on Monday, May 5th.