For well over a year now the realignment of college football programs has had a major impact on college basketball. Specifically in the Big East, which for the last several years has been regarded as one of the top college basketball conferences in the country.
The trigger pulling of teams like West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse to move to different conferences to expand revenue on the football frontier of their institutions has caused a colossal shake down on the Big East in college basketball.
This is the last season that Syracuse and Pittsburgh, two of the premiere names in Big East basketball, will be playing in their once proud conference. Up until this season the Big East had 16 teams competing in its basketball conference, often times bringing between 6-8 teams to the NCAA tournament.
West Virginia’s immediate move to the Big 12 brought the Big East’s total this season to 15, not a huge difference, but it is certainly foreshadowing of what might become of the remainder of the Big East in years to come.