Big Ten Could Look At Detroit For Men's Hoops Tourney Site
The Big Ten men's basketball tournament will continue to rotate through Chicago and Indianapolis through '22, but after that, there is a chance it "could be played in other cities within the conference's Midwest footprint, including Detroit," according to Matt Charboneau of the DETROIT NEWS. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said, "There will be other opportunities for other cities to express interest. There's no plan -- Indianapolis and Chicago, great cities -- but there will be a competitive environment and others will have a chance to comment on their interest in the out years." With the opening of Little Caesars Arena, Detroit has become a "more attractive city to big events." Former Michigan State AD Mark Hollis often has "pushed Detroit for big events." Hollis: "There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be considered for Big Ten championships; there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be considered a site for the NCAA regionals" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/12).
ANOTHER BITE OF THE APPLE? Delany: "We’ve talked to (Madison Square Garden) about the future. We’ve presented them with a powerful, promotional plan that we think ... can elevate it to the next level with regard to college basketball postseason competition." In New Jersey, Jerry Carino notes the Big East already has conference championship week at MSG "locked up" through '26. That is why last year, when the Big Ten played its men’s hoops tourney in N.Y. for the first time, the event "took place before championship week." Big Ten coaches were "widely displeased with the early dates." Long term, Delany said, “We’ll have probably 80 percent (of the years) in the Midwestern region and 20 percent out East" (ASBURY PARK PRESS, 10/12).