Brad Wanamaker #22 of the Pittsburgh Panthers lays one in against the Tennessee Volunteers during the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
It looks like the SEC-Big East Invitational is set to expand to include more teams. That's a good thing.
The format, as reported by Zags Blog, will apparently include 12 teams from each league. The new format would include all SEC teams and 12 of the 16 Big East teams:
"It will likely start next year," the source said, adding that the series would be in the "mold" of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge which features games on campus locations instead of neutral sites.
ESPN would pick which four Big East teams miss out each year. I'm guessing Pitt shouldn't have a problem being selected most years unless the selection is done on a pure rotation (which I can't imagine).
I think this is great news for the conference. More exposure and we could see some really good matchups down the line. And if the neutral sites are taken out of it, this would give fans the chance at seeing some pretty good teams at The Pete - Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida ... good stuff.