According to Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post, the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament will be coming to the Verizon Center from March 8-12.
It is the first time in the tournament’s history that it is being held outside of Indianapolis and Chicago.
The news will officially be announced at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m, courtesy of Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Among those expected to be in attendance are University of Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson and coach Mark Turgeon. Prewitt also stated that Delany promised more East Coast events for the Big Ten.
The tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago in 2015 and 2016 before moving to Washington D.C. It began in 1998 and has seen a variety of teams take the crown. Ohio State has won the tournament five times and Michigan State has taken the top honor on four occasions.
It’s a pretty interesting turn of events, considering the recent additions to the Big Ten. Maryland and Rutgers are East Coast teams that don’t have any ties to the midwest, so this is big. It can be used as a recruiting tool with the pitch that Maryland natives can play on a big stage close to home. Penn State also has a short trip to the Nation’s Capital, so it’s not just affecting the Terrapins.