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Butler & Xavier to Join Big East

By Paul Swaney -- March 01, 2013 10:49 AM EST

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The landscape of the Big East is changing once again. For the first time in a long time for college basketball fans, it may be changing for the better. The rash of realignment throughout college sports has mainly been driven by football, and in many cases college basketball has been adversely affected. ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Andy Katz, and Dana O'Neil have reported that Butler and Xavier will join with seven other catholic universities to form the Big East conference beginning next season.

The new membership will leave only four schools from the original founding of the Big East conference in 1979; Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, and St. John's. Current members DePaul, Marquette, and Notre Dame will combine with new members Butler and Xavier to form a solid basketball conference. Reports also suggest that Creighton may join the Big East in time for the 2013-2014 season.

This conference make-up can boast Final Four appearances by every single team with the exception of Xavier. Four members have made appearances in the past 10 years (Butler, Villanova, Georgetown, and Marquette). In this instance, basketball fans can look forward to perhaps the most competitive season of conference play in the history of college basketball.

What are your thoughts on this most recent conference realignment?

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