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Big East extends deal with Madison Garden to keep conference tournament in New York City

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NEW YORK, N.Y.–The Big East has reached a 10-year deal to continue hosting its conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City, commissioner Mike Aresco announced Wednesday at the conference’s media day.

Wednesday’s announcement means that, despite rumors of a challenge from the ACC, Big East basketball will remain at The World’s Most Famous Arena. The deal adds six years to the current four-year deal that was set to expire in 2016.

The timing is key for the Big East, who is the middle of major television negotiations for the rights to its sports media, which will likely be the bedrock for the conference’s financial stability for years to come.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave the Big East after the 2012-13 season, with Notre Dame reportedly beginning discussions to do the same in the near future.

To fill the void, the conference will be adding Memphis, Temple, UCF, Houston, and SMU to the mix, which gives them a presence in more major media markets than ever before, despite perhaps a downgrade in overall national recognition.

By adding Temple (Philadelphia), SMU (Dallas), Memphis, and Houston, as well as San Diego and Boise State in football, the Big East has boosted the possibility of football revenue and an increased value to the overall media deal it eventually signs.

And keeping basketball in New York City doesn’t hurt, either.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

Jim Larranaga
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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

Steve Alford
Associated Press
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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.