Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren addresses possibility of new basketball tournament sites after adding USC, UCLA
The Big Ten footprint is set to expand in a massive way once USC and UCLA join the conference. At Tuesday’s B1G basketball media days, conference commissioner Kevin Warren was asked what adding the universities from Los Angeles means for championship sites, like hoops tournaments.
“Regarding the basketball tournaments, quite naturally we have to look at how that works,” Warren told reporters. “We have individuals in our organization now who are working with those potential tournaments will look like.
“I know one thing, they’ll be exciting. Now we have the flexibility to have them really anywhere across the country. So having two great basketball programs, the history and tradition. … We’ll look at ways to build that with our new family members in UCLA and USC, from a location standpoint.”
Indianapolis and Chicago have been the most common sites to host the men’s Big Ten basketball tournament, which was first played in 1998. In 2017, Washington, D.C. hosted the tournament. The following year, it was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The 2023 tournament is set to return to the United Center in Chicago for the first time since 2019. The 2024 tournament is scheduled for the Target Center in Minneapolis.
We’ll see if future B1G tournaments are played out west.