The conference announced the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.
It’s a rarity at this level, in any sport, for a head coach to have had no playing experience in college. It hasn’t prevented Williams from guiding Marquette to the Sweet 16 the last two seasons and a 60-30 regular season record in the Big East.
The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
Yesterday was a relatively drama-free Selection Sunday. Joe Lunardi was a perfect 68 for 68, as Middle Tennessee State, St. Mary’s, Boise State, and La Salle claimed the final spots in the field. Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Indiana earned the top seeds.
NEW YORK (AP) — Neither Syracuse nor Pitt wanted to see its Big East tenure end in the quarterfinals of their last conference tournament.
Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.
The Seton Hall Pirates (15-17) waited until the final minute of regulation to make it interesting, but the team from South Orange rallied in overtime to a 46-42 victory over the South Florida Bulls (12-19).
Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference starting next season, a year earlier than expected, following the split among the Big East’s football schools and seven Catholic schools that forming their own basketball-focused conference.
During this week, you will be inundated with columns written with a common theme — how we should all be nostalgic and sentimental as the final Big East Conference basketball tournament (as we know it) will be played at Madison Square Garden.
It’s now on to the Big East Tournament for Pitt.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and No. 20 Pitt shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul 81-66 on Saturday in the Panthers’ last Big East regular-season game.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — It was a performance to be remembered, though not necessarily a performance to be replicated.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — One of the most common knocks against Jamie Dixon is he doesn’t think outside his own metaphorical box, insisting all the basketball world’s problems can be solved by simply boxing out. Imagine the surprise of his critics when, together, he and the Panthers did both.
On Monday, Pitt’s 2013 football schedule was unveiled and, more to the point, the portion of the schedule that will be played at Heinz Field was what jumped off the page.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that sent No. 23 Pittsburgh to a 62-52 victory over No. 17 Cincinnati on Saturday, keeping the momentum going for one of the Big East’s hottest teams.
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