Big Ten partners with Big East for season-opening hoops series

Big Ten partners with Big East for season-opening hoops series
May 5, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Big Ten and the Big East are about to see a whole lot more of each other on the basketball court.

The two conferences announced a partnership Monday establishing the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual eight-game series pitting schools from the two conference against one another on four consecutive days at the beginning of the season.

It means many Big Ten teams will be opening basketball season in relative style for the foreseeable future.

The series will begin in the 2015-16 season and be played for eight seasons.

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Here's more specifics from the Big Ten:

"The Gavitt Tipoff Games will feature four home contests each for BIG EAST and Big Ten schools on an annual basis from 2015 through 2022. Two games will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the first full week of each season. Each BIG EAST team will participate a minimum of six times over the eight years, while Big Ten programs will participate a minimum of four times."

The conference even made a point of emphasizing the expanded presence on the East Coast, which will be felt fully in a few months when Rutgers and Maryland become member institutions.