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Report: Notre Dame to stay in the Big East for one more season

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It seems to be official now that Notre Dame will be playing at least one more season in the Big East.

It was announced back in September that the Irish would be taking their non-football talents to the ACC, but it wasn’t clear when that change was actually going to be made and when a decision was going to become official.

Well, apparently all of that happened last Friday.

Only no one knew about it until Mike Brey spilled the beans on a conference call this morning.

The Chicago Tribune has the details:

“We do know we’ll be in the Big East next season,” Brey said. “That decision was made last Friday. …The last hurrah will be next year, not this year.”

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Big East bylaws mandated a 27-month waiting period before departure and there was some thought that Notre Dame — which wouldn’t owe the league a penny of relocation fees if it waited that long — would negotiate an early exit to jump in with fellow Big East exports Syracuse and Pittsburgh for the 2013-14 athletic calendar.

That, evidently, is not to be. And Brey said he’s fine with it, citing a bit of “buyer’s remorse” in shifting to the ACC.

Perhaps what’s more interesting is that Brey insinuated part of the decision hinged on the fact that he felt that the Catholic 7 would be spending at least one more season as a member of the Big East.

“I feel strongly that the Cathiclic schools are going to be there with us,” Brey said. “That’s one of the reasons we decided to sit tight. It looked like the Catholic schools were not going to be able to formulate the league they’re going to put together.”

So based on what Brey is telling us, the Big East will have 18 teams next season, as Syracuse and Pitt depart for the ACC:

Joining in 2013:

Central Florida
Houston
Memphis
SMU
Temple

Leaving with the Catholic 7:

DePaul
Georgetown
Marquette
Providence
Seton Hall
St. John’s
Villanova

Leaving in 2014:

Louisville (ACC)
Notre Dame (ACC)
Rutgers (Big Ten)

Staying because they have no place better to go:

Cincinnati
Connecticut
South Florida

BUBBLE BANTER: All of the action on the fringe of the NCAA tournament

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Tonight’s bubble action. This post will be updated as the games are completed.

Cincinnati at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Pitt at No. 12 Miami, 7:00 p.m.
No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
Ole Miss at Florida, 9:00 p.m.
Georgia at No. 22 Kentucky, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 9:00 p.m.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.