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Rothstein | Big East could play 20 conference games if it adds 11th team

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 07: The Big East logo in the lane before the game between the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Villanova Wildcats on January 07, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
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The Big East could be expanding to a 20-game conference schedule sometime in the near future. However, such a change is only likely if the heralded conference if able to add an 11th team into the fold, a source has informed FanRag Sports.

The league currently has 10 teams and plays its conference schedule by way of a double round-robin format.

“The double round-robin format is ideal,” one source told FanRag Sports. “That needs to be kept in place.”

FanRag Sports reported on Sunday that Big Ten head coaches have already voted in favor of going to a 20-game league schedule. As a result, such a shift is expected to begin during the 2018-19 season. Additionally, the ACC has already announced that it will go to 20 games during the 2019-20 season. FanRag Sports also reported last winter that the Big East and the UConn Huskies had initial talks regarding a potential partnership, but needed to find a solution and a new home for the Huskies’ football program.

It is also worth noting that Big East Media Day is scheduled for Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.



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