|Carnesecca Arena, home of St. John's. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Big East and the Big 12, two of the premier conferences in all of college basketball, announced an agreement on Wednesday morning that will pit the two leagues against one another in early season action for the next four years.
Beginning in December 2019, all 10 teams from both leagues, including St. John's, who is part of the Big East, will play one game a year against a foe from the opposing conference. Home games will be split evenly between the two leagues with TV rights going to the home team. Big East basketball rights are controlled by FOX Sports, while ESPN owns the rights to Big 12 action.
“This full-participation series assures our schools of premier non-conference competition that will only add to the strength of our two conferences,” said Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman. “We look forward to working with the Big 12 to create an exciting new set of rivalries for our players, coaches and supporters.”
“The Big 12 looks forward to competing against the BIG EAST in this scheduling series. It will provide both conferences with high-quality intersectional matchups on an annual basis that will be of interest to basketball fans across the country,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
The agreement takes effect for the 2019-20 season and runs through 2022-23.
Sixty five percent of teams in the Big East and Big 12 secured a spot in last year’s NCAA Tournament field with a pair, eventual national champion Villanova and Kansas, reaching the Final Four.
The full schedule for the first year of the yet unnamed series will be announced this spring.