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This article is about the league founded in 2013. For the previous league of the same name, see Big East Conference (1979–2013). For its successor, the current football-playing league, see American Athletic Conference.
Big East Conference
(Big East)
Big East Conference logo
Established July 1, 2013
Association NCAA
Division Division I (non-football)
Members 10 (All-sports Members)
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 10; women's: 12)
Region Northeastern and Midwestern United States
Headquarters New York City, New York
Commissioner Val Ackerman (since 2013)
Website bigeast.org
Locations
Big East Conference locations

The Big East Conference (stylized as BIG EAST) is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in NCAA Division I in all sports except football, which is not sponsored. The conference has been officially recognized as a Division I multi-sport conference, effective on August 1, 2013.[1] Its nucleus is composed of the "Catholic Seven" members of the Big East Conference (1979–2013): DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John's University, and Villanova University.[2] In December 2012, these schools chose to split from the football playing schools in order to focus on basketball, and in March 2013 reached a settlement, whereby they retained existing conference Big East name, organization, tournament site and logos. Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University also joined the conference on its July 1, 2013 launch date.[3] The football-playing members of the old Big East, along with several other schools, formed the American Athletic Conference, which retains the old Big East's charter and structure. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date, and the same history up to 2013.[4][5]

Val Ackerman, former WNBA president, has been commissioner since June 26, 2013. On the same day Ackerman was named as commissioner, it announced that it will be headquartered in New York City.[6][7][8] None of the conference's schools sponsor varsity football in the top-level Division I FBS. Georgetown, Villanova, and Butler do operate programs in the second-level Division I FCS, though only Villanova offers scholarships to its football players.

History[edit]

The original Big East[edit]

The original Big East Conference was founded in 1979 as a basketball conference, when Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse invited Seton Hall, Connecticut (UConn), Holy Cross, Rutgers, and Boston College (BC). Holy Cross turned down the invitation, as did Rutgers initially, while BC, Seton Hall, and UConn accepted.[9][10][11] Villanova and Pittsburgh joined shortly thereafter under the leadership of the Big East's first commissioner, Dave Gavitt.[12][13][14]

The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as football-only members.[15] Rutgers and West Virginia upgraded to full Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech did the same in 2000. Temple football was kicked out after the 2004 season, but rejoined in 2012 and intended to become a full Big East member in 2013.

The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference.[16] The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and 2010–13 revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.[17]

The conference reorganized following the tumultuous period of realignment that hobbled the Big East between 2010 and 2013. The Big East was one of the most severely impacted conferences during the most recent conference realignment period. In all, 14 member schools announced their departure for other conferences, and 15 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and four for football only). Three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only).

The present Big East[edit]

Locations of the Big East Conference member institutions for the 2013-14 academic year.

On December 15, 2012 the Big East's seven non-FBS schools, all Catholic institutions – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova – announced that they had voted unanimously to separate from the Big East football playing schools, effective June 30, 2015.[18] Among the many rumor-fueled news stories, it was reported that the so-called Catholic 7, in leaving the Big East, were looking for a more lucrative television deal than they would have received by remaining with the football schools.[19] In March 2013, it was announced that the Catholic 7 were not only parting ways with the football playing schools on June 30, 2013, but that they would retain the Big East name, $10 million from the old conference's treasury, and the right to hold the conference's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.[20]

On March 14, 2013, it was reported that the Big East would be adding members in the next seven to ten days.[21] The following day, ESPN stated that the Big East would add Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as Creighton from the Missouri Valley Conference, with an official announcement to be forthcoming within the next week, although the institutions which were reportedly joining were refusing to comment.[22]

At a news conference in New York City on March 20, 2013, the reorganized league was formally introduced with Butler, Xavier, and Creighton included as members. Additional announcements included details of new contracts for television and for the use of Madison Square Garden as site of the men's basketball tournament.[3][23] It billed itself as a return to Gavitt's original vision of a strong, Northeast-based basketball conference.[5]

During May 2013, the conference added several associate members in lacrosse and field hockey. The University of Denver joined the men's lacrosse league and started play in the 2014 season,[24] while Rutgers University men's lacrosse played the 2014 season in the Big East before moving to the Big Ten in 2014–15.[25] Rutgers also housed its field hockey and women's lacrosse teams in the Big East for 2013–14 before joining the Big Ten, as did Louisville in advance of its 2014 move to the ACC. The 2013–14 school year also saw the arrival of Connecticut and Temple for both women's lacrosse and field hockey, Old Dominion for field hockey only, and Cincinnati for women's lacrosse only;[26] all of these schools remain Big East affiliates in those sports. The launch of a women's lacrosse league in the Big Ten for the 2015 season caused the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) to dissolve after the 2014 season; two Southeastern Conference teams that had been ALC members, Florida and Vanderbilt, joined the Big East as associate members in that sport.[27]

Member schools[edit]

Charter members[edit]

All full members of the Big East are private, Catholic institutions with the exception of Butler.

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment Nickname Colors US News Ranking[28]
Butler University Indianapolis, IN
(843,393)
1855 2013 Private/Non-sectarian 4,667 $157,549,000 Bulldogs Butler Blue & White
         
2 (Midwest)
Creighton University Omaha, NE
(421,570)
1878 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
7,730 $375,221,000 Bluejays Blue & White
         
1 (Midwest)
DePaul University Chicago, IL
(2,718,782)
1898 2013 Private/Catholic
(Vincentian)
25,398 $414,000,000 Blue Demons Royal Blue & Scarlet
         
121 (National)
Georgetown University Washington, D.C.
(646,449)
1789 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
16,437 $1,009,736,000 Hoyas Blue & Gray
         
20 (National)
Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
(598,916)
1881 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
11,599 $401,200,000 Golden Eagles Blue & Gold
         
75 (National)
Providence College Providence, RI
(182,911)
1917 2013 Private/Catholic
(Dominican)
4,585 $167,110,000 Friars Black, White & Silver
              
2 (North)
St. John's University New York City, NY
(8,405,837)
1870 2013 Private/Catholic
(Vincentian)
21,354 $303,057,000 Red Storm Red & White
         
152 (National)
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
(16,254)
1856 2013 Private/Catholic
(Diocesan)
9,745 $224,233,000 Pirates Blue, White & Gray
              
128 (National)
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1842 2013 Private/Catholic
(Augustinian)
10,482 $425,000,000 Wildcats Blue, Light Blue & White
              
1 (North)
Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
(297,517)
1831 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
6,584 $119,509,000 Musketeers Xavier Blue, Silver Gray & White
              
4 (Midwest)

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference US News Ranking[28]
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 2013 Private 11,476 $430,000,000 Pioneers Crimson & Gold
         
Men's Lacrosse The Summit League 91 (National)
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 Public 38,648 $277,600,000 Owls Cherry & White
         
Field Hockey,
Women's Lacrosse
American Athletic Conference 121 (National)
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 Public 25,483 $311,300,000 Huskies Navy Blue & White
         
Field Hockey,
Women's Lacrosse
American Athletic Conference 57 (National)
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 2013 Public 33,329 $1,004,000,000 Bearcats Red & Black
         
Women's Lacrosse American Athletic Conference 135 (National)
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853 2014 Public 49,042 $1,360,000,000 Gators Blue & Orange
         
Women's Lacrosse SEC 49 (National)
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013 Public 24,126 $168,100,000 Lady Monarchs Slate Blue, Silver, & Light Blue
              
Field Hockey Conference USA N/R (National)
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 2014 Private 12,745 $3,673,000,000 Commodores Black & Gold
         
Women's Lacrosse SEC 17 (National)

Former Associate members[edit]

Since the American Athletic Conference did not field lacrosse or field hockey, Rutgers and Louisville's joined the Big East as associate members before joining Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference, respectively in 2014.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference US News Ranking[28]
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 2013 Public 58,788 $693,500,000 Scarlet Knights Scarlet
    
Field Hockey,
Men's & Women's Lacrosse
Big Ten Conference 69 (National)
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2013 Public 22,293 $721,100,000 Cardinals UofL Red & Black
         
Field Hockey,
Women's Lacrosse
Atlantic Coast Conference 161 (National)


Membership timeline[edit]

Vanderbilt University American Lacrosse Conference University of Florida American Lacrosse Conference Old Dominion University Colonial Athletic Association Temple University Atlantic 10 Conference University of Cincinnati Big East Conference (1979–2013) University of Connecticut Big East Conference (1979–2013) University of Denver ECAC Lacrosse League Xavier University Atlantic 10 Conference Creighton University Missouri Valley Conference Butler University Atlantic 10 Conference Horizon League Marquette University Big East Conference (1979–2013) DePaul University Big East Conference (1979–2013) Villanova University Big East Conference (1979–2013) Seton Hall University Big East Conference (1979–2013) St. John's University (New York) Big East Conference (1979–2013) Providence College Big East Conference (1979–2013) Georgetown University Big East Conference (1979–2013)

Big East Conference (1979–2013) members Big East Conference members Associate member

Men's Sports[edit]

In the 2013-14 academic year, the Big East Conference will sponsor championship competition in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Seven schools will be associate members in three sports.[29]

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Creighton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
DePaul Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Georgetown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Marquette Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Providence Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
St. John's Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Seton Hall Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Villanova Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Xavier Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 7 10 9 9 5+1 10 5 8 7 7 77+1

= Associates Denver

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Football Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing
Butler No Pioneer Football League No No No
Georgetown No Patriot League No Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Intercollegiate Sailing Association
Providence No No Hockey East No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
Villanova No Colonial Athletic Association No No No

Basketball[edit]

The 2013-2014 season marked the inaugural season of the reconfigured Big East. Kicking off with media day at Chelsea Piers, the season started with much fanfare and excitement around the country's elite basketball-centric conference. Aided by the lucrative TV agreement with Fox Sports 1, almost all Big East games were televised, helping to maintain and grow Big East basketball as the national brand loved by millions. With a strong first year, the league is poised to continue growing and build a dominant basketball league. For 2014, the Big East has four schools ranked in the top 20 and 6 schools in the top 30 recruiting classes nationally according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals rankings.

Big East Champions & Tournament Bids[edit]

Year Regular Season Champion Player of the Year Tournament Champion Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
2013-2014 Villanova Doug McDermott (Creighton) Providence Bryce Cotton (Providence) Villanova #2 East, Creighton #3 West, Providence #11 East, Xavier #11 Midwest
2014-2015 tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd

All-time wins & NCAA appearances[edit]

This list goes through the 2013–2014 Season.

Team Records Win Pct. NCAA Tournament NCAA Sweet 16 NCAA Elite 8 NCAA Final Four NCAA Runner Up NCAA Champions
Butler 1,492–1085 .579 12 5 2 2 2 0
Creighton 0–0 19 3 1 0 0 0
DePaul 1,407–922 .604 22 10 3 2 0 0
Georgetown 0–0 29 11 9 5 3 1
Marquette 1,536–934 .622 31 16 7 3 1 1
Providence 1,358–888 .605 16 5 4 2 0 0
St. John's 1,765–927 .656 25 6 6 2 1 0
Seton Hall 1,411–1,025–2 .579 9 4 2 1 1 0
Villanova 0–0 34 16 12 4 0 1
Xavier 1,346–935 .590 22 6 2 0 0 0

Soccer[edit]

All full Big East member schools field men's soccer teams.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner Up NCAA Bids
2013 Georgetown Marquette Providence Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. Johns
2014 tbd tbd tbd tbd

Lacrosse[edit]

Big East men's lacrosse is made up of charter members Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, and Villanova, as well as Denver. NCAA regulations state that there must be six teams for a league to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and since Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, and Xavier only field club teams, the Big East had to look elsewhere. Both Denver and Johns Hopkins were rumored as targets for potential invitation and Denver was ultimately invited to join the Big East as a lacrosse-only member. Denver joins the Big East as one of the hottest teams in the country, having reached six NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight years and two Final Four appearances in the last four years. The University of Denver's primary league is The Summit League for all other sports, because of their location in Denver, Colorado. There is still uncertainty to whether or not Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, or Xavier will elevate their programs from the club level, or if any other programs will receive lacrosse-only invitations.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-Up NCAA Bids
2014 Denver Denver Villanova Denver (Final Four)
2015 tbd tbd tbd tbd

Baseball[edit]

Big East full member schools, Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Xavier all field men's baseball teams. DePaul and Marquette have never fielded Big East baseball teams, while Providence fielded one until the late '90s when it was dropped and later replaced with Lacrosse.

Year Regular Season Tournament NCAA Bids
2014 Creighton Xavier Xavier
2015 tbd tbd tbd

Swimming & Diving[edit]

Big East swimming & diving is made up of charter members Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.

Year Regular Season Championship
2014 N/A Xavier
2015 tbd tbd

Cross Country[edit]

Villanova men's cross country team won three straight NCAA National Championships in 1966, 1967 and 1968, as well as a fourth in 1970. They also finished 2nd in 1962 and 1969. Providence men's cross country team have also finished in second in 1981 and 1982.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 Villanova Providence, Villanova
2014 tbd tbd

NCAA National Championships[edit]

School NCAA Runner Up Years NCAA National Champion Years
Villanova 2 1962, 1969 4 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970
Providence 2 1981, 1982 0 N/A

Women's Sports[edit]

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Creighton Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 7
DePaul Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Georgetown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Marquette Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Providence Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
St. John's Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Seton Hall Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 8
Villanova Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Xavier Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 10 10 3+3 6 3+5†† 10 8 6 10 8 8 10 91+7

= Associates Connecticut, Old Dominion and Temple

†† = Associates Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Temple, and Vanderbilt

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing Water Polo
Creighton No No West Coast Conference No No
Georgetown No No Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Intercollegiate Sailing Association No
Providence No Hockey East No No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
Villanova No No American Athletic Conference No Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Basketball[edit]

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013–2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul
2014–2015 tbd tbd tbd

Soccer[edit]

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 Marquette Marquette DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, St. John's
2014 tbd tbd tbd

Swimming & Diving[edit]

Big East swimming & diving is made up of charter members Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.

Year Regular Season Championship
2014 N/A Villanova
2015 tbd tbd

Cross Country[edit]

Providence women's cross country team have been crowned NCAA National Champions in 1995 and 2013, as well as finishing 2nd in 1990 and 2012. Villanova women's cross country team won two straight NCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and six straight NCAA National Championships in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. They also won a solo NCAA National Championship in 1998, as well as placing 3rd in 1995, 2nd in 1996 and 3rd in 2011. Gerogetown women's cross country team won the NCAA National Champions in 2011.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 Providence Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2014 tbd tbd

NCAA National Championships[edit]

School NCAA Runner-up Years NCAA National Champion Years
Villanova 1 1996 9 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010
Providence 2 1990, 2012 2 1995, 2013
Georgetown 0 N/A 1 2011

Facilities[edit]

School Soccer stadium Cap. Basketball arena(s) Cap. Baseball park Cap. Softball park Cap. Lacrosse stadium Cap.
Full Members
Butler Butler Bowl 5,647 Hinkle Fieldhouse 10,000 Bulldog Park 500 Butler Softball Field 500 Non-Lacrosse school
Creighton Morrison Stadium 6,000 M:CenturyLink Center Omaha
W:D. J. Sokol Arena
18,320
2,950
Creighton Sports Complex
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
2,000
24,505
Creighton Sports Complex 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school
DePaul Wish Field 1,000 M:Allstate Arena
W:Sullivan Athletic Center
17,500
3,000
Non-baseball school Cacciatore Stadium 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school
Georgetown North Kehoe Field 1,625 M:Verizon Center
W:McDonough Gymnasium
20,035
2,500
Shirley Povich Field 1,500 Guy Mason Field 200 Multi-Sport Field 2,500
Marquette Valley Fields 1,600 M:BMO Harris Bradley Center
W:Al McGuire Center
18,850
4,000
Non-baseball school Non-softball school Time Warner Cable Stadium
Hart Park Stadium
W:Valley Fields
7,000
5,500
1600
Providence Hendricken Field 1,000 M:Dunkin' Donuts Center
W:Alumni Hall
12,400
1,854
Non-baseball school Raymond Field (RI) 250 Lennon Family Field 1,000
Seton Hall Owen T. Carroll Field 1,800 M:Prudential Center
W:Walsh Gymnasium
18,711
2,600
Owen T. Carroll Field 600 Essex County
Mike Shepard, Sr. Field
300 Non-Lacrosse school
St. John's Belson Stadium 2,168 M:Madison Square Garden
M&W:Carnesecca Arena [a]
19,979
5,602
Jack Kaiser Stadium 3,500 Red Storm Field 250 DaSilva Memorial Field 1,200
Villanova Villanova Soccer Complex 1,500 M&W:Wells Fargo Center
M&W:The Pavilion [b]
20,328
6,500
Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth 1,500 Villanova Softball Complex 250 Villanova Stadium 12,500
Xavier Xavier University Soccer Complex 1,000 Cintas Center 10,250 J. Page Hayden Field 500 Non-softball school Non-Lacrosse school
Associate Members
Cincinnati Women's lacrosse-only member Sheakley Athletics Center 1,200
Connecticut Member only for field hockey and women's lacrosse George J. Sherman–Family Sports Complex 2,000
Denver Men's lacrosse-only member Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium 2,000
Florida Women's lacrosse-only member Donald R. Dizney Stadium 1,500
Temple Member only for field hockey and women's lacrosse Geasey Field N/A
Vanderbilt Women's lacrosse-only member Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex 2,400

Notes:

  1. ^ St. John's men generally play their Big East home schedule in Madison Square Garden and their non-conference home schedule on campus at Carnesecca Arena. In 2012-13, St. John's played only one non-conference game at MSG and two Big East games on campus.[30]
  2. ^ For certain high-profile home games, Villanova uses the Wells Fargo Center, and previously used the Spectrum. In 2005–06, Villanova played three home games at the Wells Fargo Center and the rest on campus at The Pavilion. In 2006, the Wells Fargo Center was also a first-round site for the NCAA Tournament. Under NCAA rules, a venue is not considered a home court unless a school plays four or more regular-season games there; this enabled Villanova to play its first two tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (but Villanova was not considered the host school for that sub-region – the Atlantic 10 Conference was). This situation occurred again in 2009, with Villanova playing (and winning) its first two tournament games at Wells Fargo Center.

See also[edit]

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