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Reports: Big Ten Looking To The East With Big East Basketball Series, Tournament In Washington D.C.

With the additions of Rutgers and Maryland, the Big Ten threw its hat in the ring as a direct presence in the east coast college sports scene. Today, two major pieces of news show that the conference is taking its east coast ties very seriously.

First, Big Ten basketball will reportedly launch an eight-game season tip-off series with the Big East in 2015-16.

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Add to McNamara's list the dormant Georgetown-Maryland series, which was last played in 2008.

Word has also come out that the Big Ten is looking to move its conference tournament from Indianapolis to Washington D.C. for at least one year.

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The tournament would obviously be convenient for Maryland, and it isn't a bad trip for Rutgers (196 miles to the Verizon Center) or Penn State (205 miles), but the next closest Big Ten campus is Ohio State, which is a 6.5 hours away by car. Lincoln, Nebraska is an 18 hour trip. While a move to New York City for a conference tournament might be worth it for the panache that the city brings, and its history of hosting great conference tournaments, a D.C. move for the Big Ten doesn't seems questionable.