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It’s Official! Big East, Big 12 agree to series starting in 2019-20 season

Still waiting for the Big 12 to mail over a 2018 conference championship banner to Villanova University...

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Happy Thursday!

While the Big East is still in its deal with the Big Ten for the Gavitt Tipoff Games, it has added another challenge slate to non-conference play. The Big East and Big 12 will partner up for a four-year challenge series that will start in 2019-20. It’s exciting news and will certainly generate some buzz in the years to come. This is a win-win for both sides and another opportunity for the conference to flex its brilliance on college basketball fans who might not be as familiar—or are caught up in the “glory days” of the “old” Big East.

Today is Big East Media Day, and I’ll be heading down to Madison Square Garden to cover the scene. Stay tuned for some preseason polls, awards, and other basketball goodies later on today.

For now, here are your daily links:

Big East, Big 12 agree to series of games | ESPN
The Big 12 and Big East have agreed to a scheduling agreement starting in 2019-20.

2019-20 College Basketball Early Season Tournaments And Events | Blogging the Bracket
A regularly updated list of the 2019-20 men’s college basketball season’s early season tournaments and neutral-site games. This list is an excellent resource for making your college basketball-related holiday travel plans.

Paschall learning to be a little more vocal for Villanova |
Despite his imposing physical presence, Villanova’s Eric Paschall isn’t the boisterous vocal type, even if the 6-foot-8, 255-pound redshirt senior forward often cuts a yell after he hits...

Defending champion Villanova basketball team in an unfamiliar position | The Morning Call
Villanova basketball team will open in an unfamiliar position.

National Champion Villanova Reloads After 4 Key Losses | The New York Times
The banner for Villanova's 2018 national championship was dropped from the rafters as "We Are The Champions" roared during the grand opening of the program's $65 million renovated arena.