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Big Ten expands conference basketball schedules next season

Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March.

"This is the mecca of basketball," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "It always has been. And I think it always will be."

The Big Ten will make its conference tournament debut at the Garden. The championship game, traditionally played on selection Sunday, will be played a week earlier on March 4. The Big East already had MSG booked for the following week.

"It's made the schedule a little bit funky, a little bit different. But that's OK," Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said....