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Big East realignment on the way

The Big East will return to two divisions for men's basketball next season and adopt a tournament structure that will exclude two of its 14 schools.

The changes coincide with the addition of Virginia Tech in all sports next season.

Under the structure, Virginia Tech will be joined by Boston College, Connecticut, Miami, Providence, St. John's and Villanova. The other division will consist of Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Each team will play a 16-game league schedule, two games against each member of its division and one against four schools in the other division.

Women's teams won't adopt divisions. Each team will play each other once and three opponents twice.

At the Big East Tournament, the top six teams from each division will play. The two top teams will get first-round byes.

The women's tournament will exclude the two bottom teams, with the top four teams receiving first-round byes.

The Big East adopted a division format in 1995 when it added Rutgers, West Virginia and Notre Dame. The format was dropped after three seasons.

ALABAMA: Reserve center Alfred Moss is questionable for Saturday's game against LSU. Moss, a 6-foot-8 senior center, injured muscle tissue in his lower back when he fell on his tailbone during the first half of Wednesday's loss at Auburn.

ARKANSAS: Joe Johnson's grandmother died, and he has left the team to be with his family. He is doubtful for the Auburn contest Saturday.

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