Remember when the ACC kinda sorta trolled Maryland by announcing they would be holding their conference tournament at the Verizon Center in 2016? Well, fret about that no longer:
The Big Ten men's basketball tournament will come to Verizon Center in 2017, sources confirm. Speculation right on the money.— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) May 5, 2014
Between this, the potential matchup with Georgetown and the very real matchup with Virginia, the conference move is starting to pay some real dividends for the Terps months before it becomes official.
The Big Ten tournament generally rotates between Chicago and Indianapolis, but that rotation will run through 2016. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers allow the conference to hold the tourney in the D.C. and New York metro areas -- areas that were of course more than minor considerations for their invitations to join in the first place.
It appears Maryland and the BB&T Classic are no longer an item, so beyond the obvious conference tournament ramifications (can you even imagine the Metro clog-up?), it'll get the Terps back at the Verizon Center as well. An official announcement is expected Tuesday, with a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.