NCAA Men's Basketball

USC, UCLA planning move to join Big Ten

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

In a seismic shift in college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California and UCLA as conference members beginning in 2024.

The expansion to 16 teams will happen after the Pac-12's current media rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Big Ten the first conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The announcement came almost a year after Oklahoma and Texas formally accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Gonzaga28-4
2 Arizona33-4
3 Kansas34-6
4 Baylor27-7
5 Tennessee27-8
6 Villanova30-8
7 Kentucky26-8
8 Auburn28-6
9 Duke32-7
10 Purdue29-8
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas34-6
2 Arizona33-4
3 Tennessee27-8
4 Villanova30-8
5 Gonzaga28-4
6 Saint Mary's26-8
7 Auburn28-6
8 Houston32-6
9 Kentucky26-8
10 UCLA27-8
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