Do you like the Gavitt Games, but wish that the Big East would face a better conference instead?
Well, you’re in luck! According to FanCred’s Jon Rothstein, the Big 12 and Big East are starting a challenge next year.
The Big East and Big 12 are planning an annual "challenge" between the two leagues, per multiple sources. Event is likely to begin during the 19-20 season and could be finalized by next month.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 24, 2018
This is a pretty natural fit for a few reasons. Both leagues have ten teams, Most teams are a two or two and a half hour plane ride, at most. Both leagues are generally good and can boost the other’s RPI, and both leagues are generally balanced from 1-10 and have a lot of upperclassmen talent.
Additionally, Marquette already has a home-and-home with Kansas State, Creighton has one with Oklahoma, Providence has one with Texas, and Villanova has one with Kansas.
With all of that in mind, this is a potentially great annual event brewing between the two conference.