School officials announced Notre Dame is leaving the fractured Big East Conference a year sooner than originally expected for the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football and hockey.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Goodbye, Madison Square Garden, Georgetown and Villanova. Hello, Greensboro Coliseum, Duke and North Carolina.

A year from now, Notre Dame will be preparing for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament instead of its annual trip to New York, where the Fighting Irish are a frustrating 9-17 in the Big East Conference tournament and have not made it to the final of the event.

School officials announced Tuesday that Notre Dame is leaving the fractured Big East a year sooner than originally anticipated for the ACC in all sports except football and hockey.

The switch was approved in a vote by Big East university presidents in the wake of a split announced last week of the league’s football schools and seven Catholic schools that next season are forming their own basketball-focused conference with the Big East name. The vote means Notre Dame coaches can move forward with scheduling for the 2013-14 academic year.

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Syracuse and Pittsburgh of the Big East are joining the Irish in moving to the ACC next season. Former Big East teams Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech already are part of the ACC.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said the conference welcomed the early arrival of the Irish.

Swofford said the additions of Syracuse and Pitt this year and Louisville the next year will make the ACC basketball schedule “brutal, which is a great thing for our league and fans.”

Conference tournaments


Valparaiso 62, Wright St. 54

Erik Buggs scored 22 points to help the Crusaders (26-7) beat the Raiders (21-12) in the final in Valparaiso, Ind. The Crusaders will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004.

Wright State led 50-44 with 5:25 left, but Valpo closed with an 18-4 run.


LIU Brooklyn 91,

Mount St. Mary’s 70

C.J. Garner scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Blackbirds (20-13) past the Mountaineers (18-14) in the final in New York. LIU Brooklyn earned its third straight automatic NCAA berth.


South Dakota St. 73,

North Dakota St. 67

Nate Wolters scored 27 points to lead the Jackrabbits (25-9) past the Bison (24-9) in the title game in Sioux Falls, S.D.


• Texas-San Antonio beat San Jose State 67-49 in a first-round Western Athletic Conference game in Las Vegas.

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