With Rothstein being the first to report, that might be a clue that CBS is organizing the game to air on CBS Sports Network. As far as I can tell, he was the first to report that Iowa St. and South Carolina would be facing off at Barclays Center last year and that game ended up on CBSSN.
* In late February, I went through some scheduling items with respect to the Gavitt Tipoff games between the Big East and Big Ten. After going the press releases a few times, plus asking around, there are a couple other items to note:
- Nothing is spelled out saying that the Big East & Big Ten would host one game each per night.
- It is possible, due to facility related issues, that the confines of a single week could be relaxed
One matchup has apparently been leaked, again by Rothstein: Nebraska at Villanova
Some of the Big East schools play in arenas with at least one professional team as a tenant. While schools like St. John's and Villanova could conceivably host a game in their smaller on-campus arena, there could be a situation where a game has to move to the following week, or maybe stretch the event into a full week long event to get every game in based on the hosts.
The plan was to release the pairings in the spring and with the leaked matchup, we could see the pairings & dates very soon..