My biggest concern with Big East Basketball is that the conference is just too good. And it's big and diverse enough where there just will never be a such thing as a "down year". Because of this the teams in the league cannot risk scheduling many tough out of conference games. Therefore CBB fans of other conferences have much less idea of how good the teams in the league actually are as they just are seeing teams from their conferences playing them. This is especially true of the basketball only's that are losing "name brand" recognition by the year. Kentucky, Mich St., N.C., Duke, etc. can all afford to schedule these tougher OOC games and get recognition even if they lose. Sometimes it's better to "look good" rather than "be good".
Besides the recognition factor scheduling is just become ugly ... it's hard to get excited about playing the bottom tier BE teams and Dome attendance numbers agree. It's more exciting to play a fresh face team from another conference, even if they are not a top tier team in that conference.
I believe a move to any other BCS conference would allow us to open up scheduling more and we'd still be able to schedule the Georgetown's and St. John's if desired. If they are sucking out and we choose not to, it's nice to have that ability.
With that said, I would still take the Big East over the Big 10 any day. The Big 10 is an awful fit and would destroy recruiting for ALL sports. Too many people (myself included) got into reading all the Big 10 propaganda about all the riches and fortune that would come with an invitation to the prestigious Big 10 conference. Who cares about having a lot of money coming in if your team is going to be a bottom feeder in a foreign conference? Besides, conferences ebb and flow and just because Big 10 seems to be one of the more profitable conferences now, doesn't mean they will be in 5 years.
People that are on the Big 10 bandwagon should ask these questions to themselves: "Where would you like to move yourself and your family to"?
Ohio or Florida?
Michigan or North Carolina?
Nebraska or Virginia?
Wisconsin or Georgia?