New York City will be the epicenter of college basketball for a two-week stretch in March in 2018.
The conference is expected to announce on Tuesday that the Big Ten tournament will be headed to Madison Square Garden for the 2018 season, according to a report from Sports Illustrated. MSG isn’t losing the Big East tournament, either, as the Big Ten’s event will run the week prior.
The ACC tournament will be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2018 as well, meaning that three of the best basketball conferences in the country will be holding their league tournaments in the city over an 11-day stretch in 2018. Finding a cheap hotel probably won’t.
There is one interesting thing to note here: Starting the conference tournament a week early means that not only will the Big Ten have to end their regular season a week earlier than usual, there will be at least an 11-day layoff for all NCAA tournament teams between the end of one event and the beginning of the next.
The schedule for the next four Big Ten tournaments looks like this: Chicago (2015), Indianapolis (2016), Washington D.C. (2017), New York (2018).