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UConn rejoins Big East for hoops, other sports; not football

UConn is heading back to the Big East. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees voted to accept an invitation to move its basketball and most other teams from the American Athletic Conference. President Susan Herbst signed a contract with the league. The teams are expected to begin play in the conference at the start of the 2020-21 academic year. The school hasn’t decided where the football team will play because the Big East doesn’t include football.

Men’s Top 25: No. 23 Seton Hall rallies to beat No. 25 Creighton

Khadeen Carrington hit a go-ahead layup with 2:05 to play and No. 23 Seton Hall rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 25 Creighton 90-84 in the Big East Conference opener for both schools. Desi Rodriguez led the Pirates with 23 points.

Similarities strong between No. 15 Gonzaga, No. 25 Creighton

They are separated by 10 spots in the AP college basketball poll and it appears not much else. No. 15 Gonzaga (6-1) and No. 25 Creighton (5-1) are lookalike programs entering Friday’s showdown at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Irish take ACC

Jerian Grant scored 24 points and No. 11 Notre Dame took over with a 26-3 second-half run to rally past No. 19 North Carolina 90-82 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pat Connaughton added 20 points for the third-seeded Irish (29-5). They went from trailing by nine to up double figures with a stunning burst that seized momentum in what amounted to a road game and sent the program to its first title in any league.

Big East, Big Ten set series to honor Gavitt

NEW YORK – Thirty-five years ago, Dave Gavitt was the driving force behind an idea that would change college basketball forever. On Monday, the Big East – the conference he led to such success in so short a period – and the Big Ten announced a series that they hope will get the season off to a big start while honoring Gavitt’s legacy.

Breakup of Big East becomes official

NEW YORK – The Big East made its split official Friday, with seven basketball schools breaking away from the football-playing members in a deal that takes effect on July 1. Commissioner Mike Aresco told the Associated Press that the seven Catholic schools that are leaving to form a basketball-centric conference will get the Big East name, along with the opportunity to play their league tournament in Madison Square Garden.

Campbell first, then a break

It’s an interesting portion of the season and schedule for the Gonzaga men’s basketball team. The Bulldogs hope to remain sharp, enjoy the holidays and prepare for perhaps the most difficult segment of their schedule. Gonzaga has a longer break than the last two seasons with eight days between pre- and post-Christmas games.

Seven schools vote to leave Big East Conference

The seven Big East schools that don’t play major college football are separating from the conference many of them founded so they can build a league focused on basketball. The presidents of the seven schools made the announcement Saturday.

Conference realignment talk includes Gonzaga

The wave of conference realignment has pulled Gonzaga’s name into the discussion. At a meeting in New York on Sunday, presidents and athletic directors of the Big East Conference’s seven Catholic, non-FBS schools discussed numerous options, including the possibility of leaving behind the new-look Big East and creating a basketball-only conference, according to media reports.

Commissioner scoffs at talk of Big East’s demise

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said his league remains “the nation’s best” basketball conference and dismissed talk of the league’s demise. “Is the Big East dead? That’s utter nonsense,” Aresco said. “You always have a perception issue to deal with and that’s why we were out there, vigorously talking about what our conference is. We’re not looking back, we’re looking forward.” Aresco (pictured right) said because Notre Dame’s exit was somewhat expected, it lessened the blow of Wednesday’s announcement. The commissioner, speaking before Saturday’s Louisville-North Carolina game, focused on what the league has, not what it lost. “Nobody’s going to argue that we’re not the strongest basketball conference in the country,” Aresco said. – AP