Wildcats, BC eyeing get-togethers
Villanova coach Jay Wright has reason to believe Boston's a split town when it comes to Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East allegiance.
It mostly stems from the phone calls he gets from alumni, who remember when the Wildcats had an annual spot on Boston College's calendar.
"It's funny because they're always on us to come up and play a game," he said. "When we would play BC we would get good crowds here."
Since Boston College left the Big East in 2005, the only meeting between the teams was a 2006 Sweet 16 matchup in Minneapolis, which Villanova won, 60-59, in overtime.
"I think there's a lot of deep loyalty here to the Big East from the history," Wright said. "And there's definitely ACC love, because they're in it."
Talks between Villanova and Boston College could test that loyalty as early as next season. BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo recently phoned Villanova AD Vince Nicastro to discuss the schools meeting in future years.
DeFilippo said, "I told him I thought we ought to play and he agreed with it. That's where it's at. There's been nothing formalized or anything, but at some point we'd like to play."
Michael Vega of the Globe staff contributed to this report.