Reports: Big Ten, Big East to announce annual basketball series
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The Big Ten and Big East conferences are expected to announce an annual basketball season tipoff series on Monday, according to multiple reports.
A joint press conference has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Monday at Madison Square Gardens.
The season-opening series is reportedly scheduled to begin at the start of the 2015-16 season and encompass eight games across four days. The games will be evenly split between Big Ten and Big East sites (four home games each).
Big Ten, Big East to launch season-opening Dave Gavitt Tipoff Games challenge in 2015-16. Story: http://t.co/VWn6Ai2N7L— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 4, 2014
Per ESPN.com's report, each of the Big Ten's 14 programs will play in the series at least four times during the eight-year deal, while each Big East team will get a minimum of six appearances.
The Big East conference, which was restructured last year, has 10 member schools, including Georgetown, Marquette and Creighton.
Match-ups for the inaugural slate of games won't be announced until next spring.