College Basketball: Big East Tournament Preview and History

2009 Big East Tournament Schedule, Bracket, TV, Tickets, History, Past ChampionsA few weeks back we published our 2009 Big Ten Conference Mens Basketball Tournament Preview, which included a look at the past champions for young tournament. Last we took a look at the 2009 ACC Conference Mens Basketball Tournament and its longer and much more storied history.

Today, we are taking a look at the 2009 Big East Conference Mens Basketball Tournament, as well as the tournament history. This year, the Big East Tournament will feature all 16 teams in the conference for the first time. And with 2009 stalwarts like UCONN, Louisville, and Pitt at the top of the class, plus teams like Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and Georgetown hoping to make enough noise to earn a bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, the 2009 Big East Tournament should be the most exciting of them all.

Here is your quick preview of the 2009 Big East Tournament:

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This year’s Big East Tournament actually spans the entire week, beginning on Tuesday with the first round games and then lasting all the way until Saturday night’s championship game. Below, you fill find the daily schedule for the 2009 Big East Tournament. You can also follow the link to get a printable 2009 Big East Tournament bracket.


2009 Big East Tournament Matchups and TV Schedule

Game Date Matchup Time TV
1 Tues, March 10 #16 DePaul def. #9 Cincinnati 67-57 12:00 ET BIGEAST.tv
2 Tues, March 10 #13 St. John's def. #12 Georgetown 64-59 2:00 ET BIGEAST.tv
3 Tues, March 10 #10 Notre Dame def. #15 Rutgers 61-50 7:00 ET BIGEAST.tv
4 Tues, March 10 #11 Seton Hall def. #14 USF 68-54 9:00 ET BIGEAST.tv
         
5 Wed, March 11 #8 Providence def #16 DePaul 83-74 12:00 ET ESPN
6 Wed, March 11 #5 Marquette def. #13 St. John's 74-45 2:00 ET ESPN
7 Wed, March 11 #7 West Virginia def. #10 Notre Dame 74-62 7:00 ET ESPN
8 Wed, March 11 #6 Syracuse def. #11 Seton Hall 89-74 9:00 ET ESPN
         
9 Thu, March 12 #1 Louisville def. #8 Providence 73-55 12:00 ET ESPN
10 Thu, March 12 #4 Villanova def. #5 Marquette 76-75 2:00 ET ESPN
11 Thu, March 12 #7 West Virginia def. #2 Pittsburgh 74-60 7:00 ET ESPN
12 Thu, March 12 #6 Syracuse def. #3 UConn 127-177* 9:00 ET ESPN
    *6 overtime periods    
13 Fri, March 13 #1 Louisville def. #4 Villanova 69-55 7:00 ET ESPN
14 Fri, March 13 #6 Syracuse def. #7 West Virginia 74-69 9:00 ET ESPN
         
15 Sat, March 14 #1 Louisville v #6 Syracuse 9:00 ET ESPN

Go to the official Big East Conference Mens Basketball website and look to the right sidebar to get the updated standings if you want to know who is currently seeded where. The Big East tournament always seems to be one of the most exciting and dramatic conference tournaments each year. Some team always seems to come out of nowhere (like the Gerry McNamara-led Orangemen from a few years ago, for example) to compete for a title, and there are often #1 seeds and NCAA Tournament bubble berths on the line.

This year is no different.

In fact, UCONN, PITT, and Louisville all have pretty legitimate claims to #1 seeds this season. Based on what happens in the Big East tournament, and in the rest of the games around the country still to be played before Selection Sunday, we could see three #1 seeds from the Big East. They almost certainly will get two. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and look at the history of the Big East Tournament, including past champions and MVPs.



Big East Tournament History: Past Champions and MVPs

Date Big East Champion Score Runner-Up MVP
1980 Georgetown 87-81 Syracuse Craig Shelton, Georgetown
1981 Syracuse 83-80* Villanova Leo Rautins, Syracuse
1982 Georgetown 72-54 Villanova Eric Floyd, Georgetown
1983 St. John's 85-77 Boston College Chris Mullin, St. John's
1984 Georgetown 82-71* Syracuse Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
1985 Georgetown 92-80 St. John's Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
1986 St. John's 70-69 Syracuse Dwayne Washington, Syracuse
1987 Georgetown 69-59 Syracuse Reggie Williams, Georgetown
1988 Syracuse 85-68 Villanova Sherman Douglas, Syracuse
1989 Georgetown 88-79 Syracuse Charles Smith, Georgetown
1990 Connecticut 78-65 Syracuse Chris Smith, UCONN
1991 Seton Hall 74-62 Georgetown Oliver Taylor, Seton Hall
1992 Syracuse 56-54 Georgetown Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown
1993 Seton Hall 103-70 Syracuse Terry Dehere, Seton Hall
1994 Providence 74-64 Georgetown Michael Smith, Providence
1995 Villanova 94-78 Connecticut Kerry Kittles, Villanova
1996 Connecticut 75-74 Georgetown Victor Page, Georgetown
1997 Boston College 70-58 Villanova Scoonie Penn, Boston College
1998 Connecticut 69-64 Syracuse Khalid El-Amin, UCONN
1999 Connecticut 82-63 St. John's Kevin Freeman, UCONN
2000 St. John's 80-70 Connecticut Bootsy Thonton, St. John's
2001 Boston College 79-57 Pittsburgh Troy Bell, Boston College
2002 Connecticut 74-65* Pittsburgh Caron Butler, UCONN
2003 Pittsburgh 74-56 Connecticut Julius Page, Pittsburgh
2004 Connecticut 61-58 Pittsburgh Ben Gordon, UCONN
2005 Syracuse 68-59 West Virginia Hakim Warrick, Syracuse
2006 Syracuse 65-61 Pittsburgh Gerry McNamara, Syracuse
2007 Georgeton 65-42 Pittsburgh Jeff Green, Georgetown
2008 Pittsburgh 74-65 Georgetown Sam Young, Pittsburgh
2009 Louisville 76-66 Syracuse Jonny Flynn, Syracuse
2010 West Virginia 60-58 Georgetown Da'Sean Butler, WVU
2011 Connecticut 69-66 Louisville Kemba Walker, UCONN
2012 Louisville 50-44 Cincinnati Peyton Siva, Louisville

Note: Every Big East Tournament since 1983 has been played at the site of this year’s tournament, Madison Square Garden in New York. The other venues were:

  • 1980: Providence Civic Center – Providence, RI
  • 1981: Carrier Dome – Syracuse, NY
  • 1982: Hartford Civic Center – Hartford, CTBig East Conference Tournament Preview - Schedule, Bracket, History

From a Midwest perspective (since we are Midwest Sports Fans after all), this year’s Big East Tournament is huge for Notre Dame. As I write this, the Fighting Irish are 7-10 in the conference, 16-13 overall, and clinging to their last slim hope of an NCAA Tournament bid despite another outstanding season from Luke Harangody. I’ve heard a lot of the college basketball talking heads predicting the Irish as a dark horse for this year’s Big East Tournament. If they can shoot well, it certainly is not outside the realm of possibility. However, they will have to win games on five consecutive days to make it a reality.

Maybe they can do it, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

As for Louisville and Marquette, they can obviously improve their NCAA Tournament seeding with a good showing. However, going deep into the tournament does have its drawbacks, as playing 3 or 4 days in a row right before the NCAA tournament could create some fatigue late in the season. I heard some of the ESPN analysts discussing this last night. The way I see it though, the tournament ends on Saturday and the first NCAA tourney game would not be until the next Thursday. That should be plenty of time to rest up for any team that has play 3, 4, or even 5 games to win the Big East Tournament title.

Either way, it is going to be a great week of basketball in the Big East and around the country. Enjoy the games, and get ready for one of the most glorious days of the year: Selection Sunday, now less than two weeks away!



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