Monday, December 29, 2014

Big East approves 18-team tourney

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Big East Conference basketball coaches’ proposal to have all teams compete in the league tourney when the conference expands to 18 hoops members in 2013-14 was approved.

Big East approves 18-team tourney

Temple and Villanova will face an 18-team Big East tournament beginning in the 2013-14 season. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Temple and Villanova will face an 18-team Big East tournament beginning in the 2013-14 season. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.  -- The Big East Conference basketball coaches’ proposal to have all teams compete in the league tourney when the conference expands to 18 hoops members in 2013-14 was approved.

There will be two play-in games involving the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th seeds of the tournaments.

To make it work, an additional day will be added to the tournaments. On the men’s basketball side, it is unknown if the play-in games will be played in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the site of the other tournament games.

“It would be in the New York area for sure,” said Dan Gavitt, Big East associate commissioner. “But the decision was just made. We haven’t even considered what those options could be. We haven’t studied that.

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“Fortunately, we got some time.”

On the men's side, the play-in games will be on the Monday of the tournament week. On Tuesday, the top four teams will play the remaining bottom four teams. The winners will advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals. Meanwhile, seeds five-through-12 will play Wednesday for the chance to reach the quarterfinals.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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