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Big 12, Big East form men's basketball scheduling alliance

Conference will also continue Big 12/SEC Challenge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While the No. 13 WVU football team prepares for its Big 12 clash with Baylor on Thursday night, all the focus on Wednesday was on the league’s men’s basketball teams in Kansas City. Coaches and select players from all 10 conference teams made the trip to Big 12 Media Day to preview the upcoming season.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby opened the morning at the podium with the announcement that, in an effort to strengthen the Big 12’s non-conference schedule, the league has created a scheduling alliance with the Big East starting in the 2019-20 season. It will also continue the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

“We will coordinate on sites around the SEC Challenge and this is going to be earlier in the year,” said Bowlsby of the four-year partnership with the Big East. “It's likely to be late November, early December, all ten teams from each league will participate and we will have five home sites and five road sites, which is a little bit of an interesting coordination challenge.”

Four games have already been set for next year: Kansas State at Marquette (Dec. 1), Villanova at Kansas (Dec. 15), Creighton at Oklahoma (Dec. 18) and Providence at Texas (Dec. 21). The complete schedule for the opening year will be released in the spring of 2019.

Bowlsby said the broadcast rights for each matchup will fall under home team’s conference national television rights agreement. The Big 12’s TV rights are controlled by ESPN, while the Big East’s by FOX Sports.

“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 in an official Big 12 Conference release. “We look forward to working with the Big 12 to create an exciting new set of rivalries for our players, coaches and supporters across the country.”

Bowlsby also announced an extension of the Big 12’s agreement with Kansas City for the conference’s men’s basketball championship tournament through 2024. Beginning next season, it will also be the sight of the women’s tournament, which will be held at the Memorial Coliseum.

“There’s been 17 men's championships here. This year's will be the 18th, 11 of them at the Sprint Center,” Bowlsby said. “Interestingly enough for us, we don't have much debate at this point about the site of our tournament. I think our men's tournament has been the best in the country. This is a wonderful venue at which to host it.”

Hear Commissioner Bowlsby’s complete statement from Big 12 Media Day:

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