There are several inter-league NCAA Basketball non-conference series between conferences that have been going on for a while. The most notable has been the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, between consistently two of the top leagues in basketball. But just behind them is the Big 12 and Big East, both of whom have recent national champions in Baylor and Villanova respectively.
These two leagues participate in other challenges but have recently agreed to have their own battle for conference supremacy known as the “Big East–Big 12 Battle”. It started in 2019 and is set for four years for now but hopefully, will end up being around for a long time.
The Big East dominated the first series, winning eight of the 10 games in the 2019-20 season. This past season was severely affected due to covid, with four games being cancelled. The most notable were Seton Hall vs Baylor and St. John’s vs Texas Tech, as those were missed opportunities for the Big East bubble teams.
This time around, it looks as if we’ll have all 10 games played, which will occur throughout the non-conference in November and December.
Last year, the UConn Huskies were the Big East team left out as they just moved back from the AAC. This time around, DePaul will be the odd man out. Considering their struggles at the bottom of the league, this gives their conference a better chance at winning with the Huskies replacing them.
Which of the 10 matchups are going to be “must watch”? Check out how I would rank each of the games in terms of interest and who will be really good for the 2021-22 season.