There has been a great deal of debate in recent weeks concerning whether the Big East was truly as dominant as folks believed. This talk heated up after South Carolina won the NIT, the SEC ended up with two Final 4 teams and Florida has a shot at the national championship. Many were arguing that this season’s Big East was the best conference in the history of college basketball. The postseason has shown that claim to be false, but conference supremacy is still an open question.
Well maybe not anymore. The New York Daily News is reporting that beginning next season, the two conferences will start a Big East-SEC challenge, similar to the ACC-Big 10 lovefest that ESPN gives every year. Each conference would pick 10 teams to “challenge” each other in December for conference supremacy. I LOVE the idea. While it will produce some clunkers (Ole Miss-Rutgers anyone?), it will also see UCONN, Ville, Nova, Cincy, Pitt, etc against Fla, UK, LSU, Tenn, etc. Very exciting and a good step for the SEC in making itself a “basketball conference.”
And along those lines folks…..with Florida great, LSU still recruiting well, Pearl at Tenn, Andy Kennedy at Ole Miss, joining the Kentucky tradition….the SEC has stepped it up significantly in the last year.