Big East Starts Open Three-on-Three Tournament With Final at MSG

The Big East Conference will host an open three-on-three basketball tournament in New York, with the final to be played at Madison Square Garden before the league’s men’s title game.

The Big East 3x3 Battle, planned as an annual event, is endorsed by the International Basketball Federation, which has promoted growth of the half-court game by creating a network of tournaments and a world championship. The Big East event will cost $160 per team to enter.

“New York City has long been a showcase for talented recreational basketball players, and we are very excited to bring street ball under the Big East Tournament tent,” league Commissioner Val Ackerman said today in a release.

The tournament will have two divisions -- adult elite and adult recreational. It will tip off March 7 on the indoor courts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, with the finals of both brackets to be played at MSG before the Big East tournament men’s championship on March 14.

The basketball federation since 2010 has created three-on-three competitions in cities around the world. It added a three-on-three world championship in 2012 and has expressed a desire for the sport’s inclusion in the Summer Olympics.

In accordance with federation rules, each roster will consist of four players. The winning team in the elite bracket will be eligible to advance to the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament, and possibly secure a spot on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour.

The Big East 3x3 Battle will be operated by North American Sports Group, which owns and operates Hoop It Up 3x3, a basketball tour established in 1989 by the National Basketball Association.

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