Big East Tournament Primer: Dates, Site, TV Info, Tickets, History, and Current Tourney Outlook

For the 30th straight season, Madison Square Garden will play host to the Big East Tournament, which begins on March 6th.  While Syracuse is the clear favorite at this point, UConn proved last season that anything can happen when tournament play tips off.

Big East Tournament Info

Tournament Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:

  • First Round: Tuesday, March 6th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN2/ESPNU)
  • Second Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN)
  • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN)
  • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 7:00 and 9:00 (ESPN)
  • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 9:00 (ESPN)

Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive a double-bye to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8th.  Seeds five through eight receive a bye to the Second Round on Wednesday, March 7th.


Syracuse coach Jim Boehim during plaider days of yore. (John Dowling)


Big East Tournament Outlook

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, Syracuse has all but sewn up the top seed with a 14-1 conference record.  The Orange have relied on their tremendous depth this season, with 10 players averaging double-digit minutes and seven of them averaging at least 6.8 points.  Senior Kris Joseph (14.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg) leads the team in scoring and is the only Syracuse player logging over 30 minutes per game, while Dion Waiters has been college basketball’s best sixth man and averages 12.0 points in just 23.6 minutes per contest.

Six other teams have three, four, or five losses as they battle for the double-bye to the Quarterfinals, so the remaining regular season games will prove critical for tournament positioning.

Marquette has the second-best profile of any team in the league and has won 10 of their last 11 games.  Senior leaders Darius Johnson-Odom (18.6 ppg, 2.9 apg, 40.3 3P%) and Jae Crowder (16.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.3 spg) give the Golden Eagles an impressive one-two punch.

Notre Dame head man Mike Brey deserves serious consideration for Coach of the Year after helping the Irish overcome the early loss of star forward Tim Abromaitis.  After a slow start, the Irish have won eight straight with essentially a six-man rotation.

Georgetown and Louisville should also be tough outs in the tournament.  The Hoyas have been one of the season’s biggest surprises thanks to an efficient defense and a solid mix of youth and experience.  Louisville is finally hitting their stride after an early glut of injuries and poor shooting.  The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight, with the lone loss coming by one point to Syracuse.

Throw in teams like Cincinnati, Seton Hall, and West Virginia who have shown flashes this season, as well as a talented but underachieving UConn squad and upstart South Florida, and you have a loaded field that should be good for five fantastic days of hoops.  Be warned though, you are likely in for a nauseating number of references to how this will be the last Big East Tournament as we know it based on the pending departures of Pitt, Syracuse, and West Virginia.

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


Click to see Andy’s complete Championship Week Preview.

About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms


  1. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog.

    A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

  2. One thing I would like to jdhipss say is before getting more computer memory, take a look at the machine within which it could well be installed. In the event the machine is running Windows XP, for instance, the memory limit is 3.25GB. Adding in excess of this would basically constitute just a waste. Make sure that one’s motherboard can handle the upgrade volume, as well. Thanks for your blog post.

  3. I am truly keen of viewing comical movies at youtube, and this videos is actually so humorous, hehehhe.

  4. Hello, just looking around several information sites, would seem a pretty good podium you happen to be using. I’m presently using WordPress only a few regarding my personal sites however planning to change one of these up to some sort of program comparable to your own as being a tryout run. Something for example you’d probably recommend over it?

  5. I think that a foreclosures can have a important effect on the borrower’s life. Foreclosures can have a 8 to ten years negative effect on a debtor’s credit report. Any borrower who have applied for a mortgage or almost any loans as an example, knows that the worse credit rating is actually, the more complicated it is for any decent mortgage. In addition, it can affect any borrower’s ability to find a decent place to let or rent, if that becomes the alternative property solution. Interesting blog post.

  6. Helpful information. Lucky me I found your website unintentionally, and I am surprised why this accident didn’t took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

  7. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  8. Very addictive turtle puzzle game now available on Itunes.

  9. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  10. You made several good points there. I did a search on the matter and found mainly persons will have the same opinion with your blog.

  11. I blog frequently and I truly appreciate your information. This article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

  12. This particular blog is obviously educating and also informative. I have found a bunch of useful stuff out of this source. I’d love to return over and over again. Cheers!

  13. Every weekend i used to go to see this web page, for the reason that i wish for enjoyment, as this this site conations actually nice funny stuff too.

Speak Your Mind