NEW YORK — The breakup of the Big East’s basketball and football schools appears to be on the fast track.
The major college football members will meet in Atlanta today to discuss the departure of the seven basketball schools that are planning to leave the conference and create a new league.
According to media reports, the basketball schools plan to have their new conference up and running for the 2013-14 school year and will pay the football schools to keep the Big East name and play its conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Big East commissioner Mike Aresco says no deal has been completed between the two groups but “some of this stuff is clearly coming down to the wire.”
VIRGINIA 73, NO. 3 DUKE 68
At Charlottesville, Va., Joe Harris scored a career-high 36 points and Virginia celebrated the 11-year anniversary of its last victory over a top-5 team by doing it again. Akil Mitchell added 19 points and 12 rebounds, giving the Cavaliers (20-8, 10-5 ACC) their 16th consecutive victory at home. It came 11 years to the day since an 87-84 victory, also against No. 3 Duke.
Seth Curry led the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-4) with 28 points, all but five coming after halftime.
THE CITADEL 68, FURMAN 57
At Charleston, Mike Groselle scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (8-20, 5-12) past the Paladins (6-22, 3-14).
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 55, WOFFORD 50
At Charleston, Andrew Lawrence and Willis Hall scored 10 points apiece to lead the Cougars (21-9, 13-4 Southern) past the Terriers (12-18, 6-11).
GEORGIA TECH 74, CLEMSON 48
At Atlanta, Georgia Tech (14-14, 7-10 ACC) beat the Tigers (9-19, 5-12) for the eighth consecutive time in the series. Quinyotta Pettaway had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Tigers.