Three new teams join Marquette, rest of 'Catholic 7' in new Big East
Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press
NEW YORK - Butler, Creighton and Xavier are moving to join Marquette in the new Big East.
They will join the so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools who left to start a new conference and are keeping the Big East name.
Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10. Creighton departs the Missouri Valley Conference.
They join Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall and DePaul.
The conference will continue playing its championship tournament at Madison Square Garden.
"I believe we're in the best basketball conference in the country right now," Marquette President Fr. Scott Pilarz, S.J., told Marquette Magazine. "If you look at the history of the schools, the original seven plus the new three, it's obviously an elite group."
"But, when we look toward the future, we've broadened the base of competition. And that's really exciting," Marquette coach Buzz Williams told the magazine.