With the NCAA holding back on awarding a site, Brooklyn's new Barclays Center has also entered into the race. While Shaheen acknowledged that the scheduled new home of the Nets is in the mix, he also added that the Carrier Dome in Syracuse is another potential site. It has hosted the regionals six times, last in 2010.
But the Garden has been considered to be the preferred site. The question is will it be ready and does the NCAA care about waiting until everything is settled with the building's construction to bring a regional to the arena?
Unless I'm fuzzy on the rules, wouldn't it be problematic for Big East teams to have the NCAA tourney at MSG? Anyone who plays St. John's there wouldn't be able to play more than two games in the Big East Tournament without losing eligibility to play there in March. Throw in how much Big East teams like to play pre-season tournaments and other neutral site games there, and they're really limited. Say the conference put double digit teams into the field again, the East region is going to be pretty limited on who can be in that part of the bracket while the other three will be loaded with Big East teams playing against each other.