Found March 12, 2013 on NESN.com:
The Big East and what it brought to college basketball in its heyday in the 1980s is a big reason why the sport is so popular today. Thus, this week’s Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden will truly be the end of an era. The Catholic 7 of Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence, DePaul, St. John’s and Villanova are creating their own basketball-only conference next season. Those schools will take the Big East name with them as well as the right to play their conference tournament at the historic Garden. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are going to the ACC after this season as well, and Notre Dame will likely join them next season. Louisville is scheduled to join in 2014. Rick Pitino‘s Cardinals are the highest-ranked Big East team in the new polls at No. 4 and also are the +125 opening Bovada favorites to repeat as conference tournament champions. Last year, Louisville entered the Big East Tournament having lost two straight and four of six but beat Seton Hall, Marquette, Notr...
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