The Big East Tournament tips off at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday afternoon, and while Syracuse won the regular season title by three games, the road to a tournament championship will not be an easy one.
Big East Tournament Info
- Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- Official Website
- Printable Big East Tournament Bracket
- Big East Tournament Tickets via Vivid Seats, the Official Ticket Provider of MSF
Big East Tournament Preview
The Orange finished the regular season 30-1, with the lone loss coming at Notre Dame without starting big man Fab Melo. Despite struggling on the glass, Syracuse was first in the Big East in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and their depth should give them a huge advantage in a tournament setting. The Orange are locked in as a one seed but have a chance to earn the top overall seed when the field is announced on Selection Sunday.
Marquette, Notre Dame, and Cincinnati all earned double byes and won’t play until the Quarterfinals on Thursday. Buzz Williams surely is excited by this.
The Golden Eagles’ duo of Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder is as good as any in the league, and they come in winners of 13 of their last 15 games. The Irish overcame the early season loss of star Tim Abromaitis and a sluggish start to the season to pick up 13 Big East victories. Cincinnati comes in with a number of quality wins, but the Bearcats are still considered a bubble team based on a weak non-conference strength of schedule.
A number of other teams will also be playing to solidify their post-season futures, including South Florida, Connecticut, West Virginia, and Seton Hall, all of which could use another win or two on their tournament resumes. Louisville is safely in the NCAA Tournament at this point and can be a factor in this event if they can find their shooting touch.
With a number of intriguing storylines on the floor to go with the fact that this is likely to be the last Big East Tournament as we know it, there is no shortage of intrigue for the upcoming five days of basketball at Madison Square Garden. My latest bracket projections have 10 Big East teams in the field, but the action in this tournament should trim down that number.
Big East Tournament Prediction
As far as a prediction, it’s tough to pick against a Syracuse team that has yet to lose with Fab Melo in the lineup, so I won’t.
The Orange have a number of players that they can rely on for clutch baskets, and I think the quality of their depth will be the difference here.
Big East Tournament Bracket
Here is a screenshot of the printable Big East Tournament bracket linked above:
And in case you like neatly ordered tables as opposed to bracket format, see below. We’ll be updating with results as they occur.
2012 Big East Tournament TV Schedule and Results
|1||Tues, March 6||#9 UCONN def #16 DePaul 81-67||12:00 ET||ESPN2|
|2||Tues, March 6||#13 Pittsburgh def #12 St. John's 73-59||2:00 ET||ESPN2|
|3||Tues, March 6||#10 Seton Hall def #15 Providence 79-47||7:00 ET||ESPNU|
|4||Tues, March 6||#14 Villanova def #11 Rutgers 70-49||9:00 ET||ESPNU|
|5||Wed, March 7||#9 UConn def #8 West Virginia 71-67||12:00 ET||ESPN|
|6||Wed, March 7||#5 Georgetown 64 def #13 Pittsburgh 52||2:00 ET||ESPN|
|7||Wed, March 7||#7 Louisville def #10 Seton Hall 61-55||7:00 ET||ESPN|
|8||Wed, March 7||#6 South Florida def #14 Villanova 56-47||9:00 ET||ESPN|
|9||Thu, March 8||#1 Syracuse def #9 UConn 58-55||12:00 ET||ESPN|
|10||Thu, March 8||#4 Cincinnati def #5 Georgetown 72-70||2:00 ET||ESPN|
|11||Thu, March 8||#7 Louisville def #2 Marquette 84-71||7:00 ET||ESPN|
|12||Thu, March 8||#3 Notre Dame def #6 South Florida 57-53||9:00 ET||ESPN|
|13||Fri, March 9||#4 Cincinnati def #1 Syracuse 71-68||7:00 ET||ESPN|
|14||Fri, March 9||#7 Louisville def #3 Notre Dame 64-50||9:00 ET||ESPN|
|15||Sat, March 10||Big East Tournament Championship Game: #7 Louisville def #4 Cincinnati 50-44||9:00 ET||ESPN|
And here is a breakdown of the long, illustrious history of what is annually one of the most entertaining conference tournaments in the nation.
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|