Big East, Catholic 7 agreement finalized, but where will the women play their conference tournament?

The Creighton Blue Jays will be one of three teams joining the Catholic 7, but where will their women's basketball tournament be held? - Photo by Mark D. Smith | USA Today Sports

The Catholic 7 will officially separate from the Big East to form their own conference on July 1. However, while the men's basketball tournament will inherit the old conference's rights with Madison Square Garden, the location for the women's tournament is unclear. For more on the Big East conference's transition process, visit SB Nation - College Basketball's storystream.

There has been lots of talk about the new old Big East playing its men's and women's tournaments next year in either Memphis or Hartford.

The ACC wants to play at Madison Square Garden. The Big Ten may want to alternate between Chicago and New York.

The Catholic 7 men, with the addition of Butler, Xavier and Creighton, will inherit the rights to hold their conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.

So who is not being talked about? The Catholic 7 women.

No one seems to care.

It will be a conference with some parity but little strength at the top. Maybe DePaul, but little else. Georgetown seems to have dropped off of the map. St. John's lost a lot when Kim Barnes Arico left for Michigan. Marquette has regressed. Xavier was decent and then coach Kevin McGuff left for Washington. Villanova had a good year but has been down.

Some are speculating that they will play at the home of the higher seeded team, which is rinky dink to say the least.

They need a small venue if they will play in a central location because there will be small crowds.

One location that seems to fit and supports women's basketball is the Arena at Harbor Yards in Bridgeport. It has drawn big NCAA crowds, but largely because of UConn. Fairfield draws well there on occasion.

Let's hope that of all the difference conferences, this aggregation of women's teams ends up with a permanent home. It would be a sad commentary on women's basketball if it does not.

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