NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals draws contact against Ge'Lawn Guyn #14 and Dion Dixon #3 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the finals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Syracuse Vs. Cincinnati Final Score: Bearcats Shock Top-Seeded Orange, 71-68

In what was the biggest stunner of the day, Cincinnati beat Syracuse 71-68 in a nail-biter to end the 2012 Big East Tournament for the top seed.

The fourth-seeded Bearcats (24-9, 12-6) toppled the heavily-favored Orange with a barrage of 3-point shots early in the game. Cincinnati ran out to a 22-8 lead early on and never relinquished the advantage.

Syracuse (31-2, 17-1) just couldn't get it going on either end for long stretches. Jim Boeheim saw his famous 2-3 zone thrashed by the Bearcats hot shooting from the perimeter, which led to easy buckets down low.

On offense, the Orange could only shoot a pedestrian 40.4 percent from the field. Dion Waiters did all he could off the bench with a game-high 26 points and seven 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough. Fab Melo was his only teammate to play up to standards with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Cincinnati was able to provide a balanced attack throughout the evening with four starters scoring in double digits. Sean Kilpatrick had a tremendous evening with 18 points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds. Cashmere Wright also played well with 11 points complimented by eight assists and five boards.

While the loss will leave a bad taste in Syracuse's mouth, it will still likely be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats on the other hand continue to see their stock rise. They'll now await the winner of Louisville and Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament Final.

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Big East Tournament 2012 Semifinals: Syracuse Vs. Cincinnati Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Thirty-two games into their already historic season, the No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange men's basketball program still has some unfinished business. No, it has nothing to do with the upcoming NCAA Tournament or a possible National Championship, its a rematch with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the only school to upend the Orange (31-1) this season.

To set up a possible rematch with the Irish in the finals of the Big East Conference Tournament, top-seeded Syracuse will need to earn a victory over the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats Friday night at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. on ESPN).

On Wednesday, the Orange used 18 points from sophomore guard Dion Waiters and 10 from junior forward James Southerland, all coming in the game's final eight minutes, to knock off No. 9 Connecticut Huskies, 58-55, in the quarterfinals.

Just 40 minutes and two overtimes later, the Bearcats edged No. 5 Georgetown Hoays, 72-70. Junior guard Cashmere Wright banked in the game-winning shot, which was let go just inside the free-throw-line, with about nine seconds remaining in the second extra session. Senior forward Yancy Gates led all scores with 23 points.

Earlier this season, Jan. 23, these two teams met in Cincinnati with Syracuse coming out on top 60-53. The contest was played just two days after the Orange suffered their first and only loss of the season at Notre Dame, 67-58. The game also didn't feature the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, SU's sophomore center Fabricio Melo, who was not playing due to an academic issue.

Despite the lack of its interior presence, Syracuse was able to pull out the victory behind 17 points from its leading scorer, senior forward Kris Joseph. The Orange would use that win to spur their current 11-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati has earned wins in eight of its last 10 games, which helped them earn the No. 4 seed and a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.

Sophomore guard Sean Kilpatrick paces the Bearcats in scoring with 14.5 points per game, while senior guard Dion Dixon averages 13.5 ppg. The players to key on, however, are Gates, a versatile 6-foot-9, 290-pound forward, and Wright, who nets just over 10 ppg and attempts close to 10 3-pointers a contest.

The winner will advance to the Big East Tournament's finals against either Notre Dame or No. 7 Louisville Cardinals on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

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Big East Tournament 2012, Marquette Vs. Louisville Halftime Score: Cardinals Ahead, 50-40

A pair of big runs and a team-high 11 points from senior guard Peyton Siva has helped the Louisville Cardinals earn a 50-40 halftime lead over the Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East Conference Tournament Quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden. The winner advance to play either the South Florida Bulls or Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the semifinals.

Louisville, the tournament's No. 7 seed, used an early 19-2 run to take an early 21-6 advantage 6:01 into the second half. After Marquette trimmed the margin to just one points, 34-33, using a 12-2 run, the Cardinals outscored the Golden Eagles 16-7 in the half's final 3:41.

Freshman forward Chane Behanan has tallied 10 points and collected five rebounds for Louisville, which finished the half shooing 44.7-pecent.

Meanwhile, Marquette is currently paced by senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom's 16 points. Big East Player of the Year, senior forward Jae Crownder, has just six points and seven rebounds.

Overall, the Golden Eagles have committed 13 turnovers and are getting out-rebonded 22-17.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Thursday Afternoon Bracket Update

Day three of the 2012 Big East Conference Tournament is half way finished, as the top-seeded Syracuse Orange and No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats both earned quarterfinal victories and earned trips to Friday's semifinals where they will face each other.

Two more match ups are on the docket for Thursday night, as the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals plays No. 2 Marquette Golden Eagles, while in the night cap No. 5 South Florida Bulls and No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet up.

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Here's the updated Big East Tournament bracket and TV schedule:

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET/ESPN2, ESPN3D: (16) DePaul Blue Demons 67, (9) Connecticut Huskies 81
2 p.m./ESPN2, ESPN3D: (12) St. John’s Red Storm 59, (12) Pittsburgh Panthers 73
7 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (15) Providence Friars 47, (10) Seton Hall Pirates 79
9 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (11) Rutgers Scarlet Knights 49, (14) Villanova Wildcats 70

Wednesday, March 7:

Noon/ESPNU: (8) West Virginia Mountaineers 67, (9) Connecticut Huskies 71 (OT)
2 p.m./ESPNU: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers 52, (5) Georgetown Hoyas 64
7 p.m./ESPNU: (10) Seton Hall Pirates 55, (7) Louisville Cardinals 61
9 p.m./ESPNU: (14) Villanova Wildcats 47, (6) South Florida Bulls 56

Thursday, March 8:

Noon/ESPN, ESPN3D: (9) Connecticut Huskies 55, (1) Syracuse Orange 58
2 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (5) Georgetown Hoyas 70, (4) Cincinnati Bearcats 72 (2OT)
7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (7) Louisville Cardinals vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (6) South Florida Bulls vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9:

7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: Syracuse Orange vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012, Georgetown Vs. Cincinnati Final Score: Bearcats Earn Double-Overtime Victory, 72-70

Madison Square Garden was due for a multiple overtime contest from the Big East Conference Tournament, and it delivered one Thursday afternoon. Behind senior forward Yancy Gates' game-best 23 points, including 10 in the final six minutes of regulation and two in overtime, to help the Cincinnati Bearcats earn a 72-70 double-OT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas, 72-70, in the quarterfinals.

Junior guard Cashmere Wright banked in the game-winning shot, which was let go just inside the free-throw-line, with about nine seconds remaining in the second extra session. Georgetown's final possession ended with senior center Henry Sims missing a desperation 3-pointer that hit the back iron.

The Bearcats (23-9), the tournament No. 4 seed, move onto the semifinals where it will face the top-seeded Syracuse Orange, who earlier defeated No. 9 Connecticut Huskies, 58-55. Earlier this season, Jan. 23, Syracuse beat host Cincinnati, 60-53.

Trailing 50-41 with 6:12 to go in regulation, the Bearcats rallied behind Gates, who netted 10 of their last 11 points in the second half and helped give them a 53-52 with 37 seconds remaining.

A free throw by Cincy's senior point guard Dion Dixon with 26 seconds gave Cincy a two-point advantage, which disappeared when Georgetown's freshman forward Otto Porter nailed a game-tying jumper with 3.6 seconds left. A desperation 3-pointer by Gates missed short and sent the game into an extra session.

Overall, Dixon finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Jaquon Parker tallied nine points and 10 rebounds. Wright ended the game with 10 points.

For Georgetown, Sims finished with a team-high 22 points and 15 points, while Porter added 14 points.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Marquette Vs. Louisville Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After two days of watching other Big East Conference men's basketball programs on the hardwood at Madison Square Garden, the Marquette Golden Eagles finally get their chance to play in the league tournament. The Golden Eagles, the tournament's No. 2 seed, face off against the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the winner advancing to the semifinals to play either No. 6 South Florida Bulls or No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals (23-9) defeated the Seton Hall Pirates, 61-55, in the second round of the Big East Tournament. The victory ended a two-game losing streak for Louisville and helped them earn a rematch with the Golden Eagles, who defeated the Cardinals in the regular season, 74-63, on Jan. 16.

Marquette enters the game with the Big East's Player of the Year honoree, senior forward Jae Crowder. On Monday, Crowder was the only unanimous All-Big East First Team selection, which led to Tuesday's announcement of him winning the POY.

Crowder averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds to aid Marquette to a second-place finish in the Big East standings, while teammate, senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom, leads the team with 18.3 ppg.

The duo helped the Golden Eagles finish the regular season in second place in the Big East standings and earn a double-bye in the conference tournament.

Louisville is paced by senior forward Kyle Kuric who nets 12.9 ppg, while senior guard Peyton Siva lead the team with 5.3 assists per game.

If you'd like to catch the contest, here's the information:

Game Time: 7 p.m. ET

Television: ESPN

Betting odds: Marquette is a 3-point favorite.

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Big East Tournament 2012, Georgetown Vs. Cincinnati 2012: Hoyas Lead Bearcats, 30-24

Senior forward Henry Sims and junior forwward Hollis Thompson each have tallied eight points to help the Georgetown Hoyas earn a 30-24 halftime lead over the Cincinnati Bearcats in a Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden. The winner advance to the semifinals to play top-seeded Syracuse Orange, who earlier downed the Connecticut Huskies 58-55.

Freshman forward Otto Porter added seven points and three rebounds for UConn, which shot 46-pecent from the floor.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati, the tournament's No. 4 seed, is paced by senior forward Yancy Gates's eight points, while sophomore forward Justin Jackson has netted five points off the bench.

At one point, Georgetown trailed 15-14 but used a small 7-0 run to take a 21-17 lead with 5:39 to go in the half.

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Big East Tournament 2012, Syracuse Vs. UConn Final Score: Orange Edge Huskies, 58-55

Sophomore guard Dion Waiters scored a team-best 18 points and junior forward James Southerland netted all 10 of his in the second half to help propel the Syracuse Orange past the Connecticut Huskies, 58-55, in a Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden.

The Orange (31-1) advance to the semifinals where they will play Cincinnati Bearcats, who defeated the Georgetown Hoyas, 72-70, in double overtime. The Huskies (20-13) now await their NCAA Tournament seed on Selection Sunday.

Trailing 47-43 with 8:16 to go in the game, Syracuse used a 13-2 run, which included two 3-pointers by Southerland, to earn a 56-49 lead with 4:59 to play in the game. The Orange (31-1) cemented the game by clamping down on defense and going 3-for-4 from the free throw line, two from Southerland, in the final minute.

Senior forward Kris Joseph netted 10 points for Syracuse, while junior guard Brandon Triche and sophomore center Fab Melo each added seven. Melo collected seven rebounds and Triche had six.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Shabazz Napier scored a team-best 14 points for UConn, which shot 34.4-percent from the field and made just 26.1-percent of its 21 long 3-point attempts.

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Big East Tournament 2012, Syracuse Vs. UConn Halftime Score: Orange Lead Huskies, 27-24

Sophomore guard Dion Waiters has netted 10 points for the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team, who leads the Connecticut Huskies 27-24 at halftime of a Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden.

The Orange, the tournament's No. 1 seed, led by as much as eight points, 23-15, with 5:38 to play in the first half, however, a small 6-0 run by UConn trimmed the margin to just 23-21 with 3:54 to go. From there, both teams traded baskets until SU's junior guard Brandon Triche capped the half's scoring with a putback slam with just under a minute to go.

Both teams have made less than 32-percent of their shots.

Sophomore guards Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier each have tallied a team-high five points for UConn, which advanced to the semifinal-round by defeating the DePaul Blue Demons and West Virgina Mountaineers, respectively.

The Orange are playing their first game of the five-day event as they earned a double-bye.

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Big East Tournament 2012 Schedule: Syracuse, Cincinnati, Marquette, Notre Dame Featured On Day 3

The 2012 Big East Tournament continues Thursday, as the top-seeded Syracuse Orange and No. 9 Connecticut Huskies tip off day three at noon ET on ESPN. The Huskies advanced to the third round with a victory Tuesday over the West Virginia Mountaineers, while the Orange received a double-bye after finishing the regular season a top the Big East standings.

After Syracuse and UConn, the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas, who knocked off No. 13 Pittsburgh Panthers in the second round, will face the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats, who earned their double-bye on the last day of the regular season.

The night session begin with No. 7 Louisville Cardinals taking on No. 2 Marquette Golden Eagles, while the No. 6 South Florida Bulls and No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish play in the night-cap.

On Wednesday, Louisville defeated the No.10 Seton Hall Pirates and USF beat the No. 14 Villanova Wildcats.

Here's the Big East Tournament bracket and TV schedule for day three:

Thursday, March 8:

Noon/ESPN, ESPN3D: (9) Connecticut Huskies vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (5) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (4) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (7) Louisville Cardinals vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (6) South Florida Bulls vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Big East Tournament 2012, Syracuse Vs. UConn: Orange, Huskies Renew Postseason Rivalry

The greatest Big East Conference Tournament rivalry will be renewed Thursday afternoon, as the No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange faces the Connecticut Huskies in a men's basketball game at Madison Square Garden. The Orange (30-1) and Huskies (20-12) will meet for the third time this season and 14th time in Big East Tournament history.


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On Wednesday, the Huskies earned their third straight victory, the second in the tournament, by defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers, 71-67, in overtime. Sophomore guard Shabazz Napier netted a game-best 26 points and dished out six assists, while sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb netted 22, including a 3-pointer in the extra session.

Entering the tournament, UConn was a NCAA Tournament bubble team, however, that has changed with the back-to-back victories.

Meanwhile, Syracuse has nothing to gain from the Big East Tournament expect to earn its sixth crown. According to the NCAA tournament committee chairman, the Orange and Kentucky Wildcats are the top two teams in the nation and have solidified their No. 1 seeds in the 68-team field.

This will be the first game for the Orange since downing Louisville, 58-49, in their regular-season finale on Saturday. Behind junior guard Brandon Triche, who netted a team-high 17 points, Syracuse capped its best regular season in program and Big East history.

In their final games at the Carrier Dome, senior forward Kris Joseph, the team's top scorer with 14.0 points per game, netted 11, while senior point guard Scoop Jardine, a All-Big East Second Team selection, dished out four assists.

The Orange also feature the Big East's Sixth-Man of the Year, sophomore guard Dion Waiters, and the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore center Fabricio Melo.

The contest with UConn will tip off at noon ET and will be shown on ESPN. The Orange enter as 7 1/2-point favorites.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Bracket Finalized For Day 3 As South Florida Rolls, 56-47

The quarterfinals of the 2012 Big East Tournament is set, as the South Florida Bulls downed the Villanova Wildcats in day two's night cap, 56-47. Four games are on tap for Friday starting with the Syracuse Orange taking on the Connecticut Huskies.

Syracuse had the coveted double-bye, so this will be their first game of the tournament, while the Huskies are coming off a dramatic overtime win against West Virginia on Tuesday afternoon.


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Cincinnati Bearcats, Marquette Golden Eagles and Notre Dame Fighting Irish also had double-byes to start the tournament. The semifinals happen Friday night, and the championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

Here's the updated Big East Tournament bracket and TV schedule:

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET/ESPN2, ESPN3D: (16) DePaul Blue Demons 67, (9) Connecticut Huskies 81
2 p.m./ESPN2, ESPN3D: (12) St. John’s Red Storm 59, (12) Pittsburgh Panthers 73
7 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (15) Providence Friars 47, (10) Seton Hall Pirates 79
9 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (11) Rutgers Scarlet Knights 49, (14) Villanova Wildcats 70

Wednesday, March 7:

Noon/ESPNU: (8) West Virginia Mountaineers 67, (9) Connecticut Huskies 71 (OT)
2 p.m./ESPNU: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers 52, (5) Georgetown Hoyas 64
7 p.m./ESPNU: (10) Seton Hall Pirates 55, (7) Louisville Cardinals 61
9 p.m./ESPNU: (14) Villanova Wildcats 47, (6) South Florida Bulls 56

Thursday, March 8:

Noon/ESPN, ESPN3D: (9) Connecticut Huskies vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (5) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (4) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (7) Louisville Cardinals vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (6) South Florida Bulls vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9:

7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Seton Hall Basketball: Pirates Exit From Big East Tournament; Unsure Of NCAA Fate

There's nothing worse than leaving your NCAA Tournament fate in the hands of others, and that's just what the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program did Wednesday when they lost to the Louisville Cardinals, 61-55, in the second round of the Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

The loss was the Pirates (20-12, 8-10 Big East) fourth in six games, and made them 5-10 since starting the season 15-2. The question now, in regards to Seton Hall's NCAA Tournament fate, is whether or not its previous body of work before the late-season skid was enough to merit a March Madness berth.

"I think we did enough to get in [the Tournament], but it's up to the selection committee on Sunday," said senior point guard Jordan Theodore after the loss to Louisville.

As of 10:48 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi said Seton Hall was not in the field of 68 teams, however, that could change with a losses from other bubble teams -- USF, Northwestern, Xavier, Texas, Tennessee -- that still need to play in their conference tournament's.

So, if you're a Pirates fan, basically, all you can do now is sit, wait, watch and hope that another bubble squad losses, and badly.

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2012 Big East Tournament: Final Score Georgetown 64, Pittsburgh 52

Georgetown is moving on in the 2012 Big East Conference men's basketball tournament while Pittsburgh is headed home for the spring. The Hoyas took care of business as expected Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, winning 64-52 over the Panthers.

The fifth-seeded Hoyas will now move on to play Cincinnati on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Georgetown (23-7, 12-6) played stifling defense throughout the afternoon, holding Jamie Dixon's crew to 36.1 percent shooting from the field. Ashton Gibbs was the only player to crack double figures for Pittsburgh with 14 points. It's a tough ending for Gibbs, who played his final game in a Panthers uniform.

The Hoyas were buoyed by Henry Sims who recorded a double-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Otto Porter also scored 20 points while Greg Whittington came off the bench to contribute 11 points and six boards.

Georgetown beat up on Pittsburgh inside, out-rebounding them 33-22 while getting to the line 31 times compared to just 18 attempts for the Panthers.

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Syracuse Basketball: Top-Seeded Orange To Face Rival UConn In Third Round Of Big East Tournament

The No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange men's basketball team found out who they're playing in the third round of the 2012 Big East Tournament, as the Connecticut Huskies defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers, 70-67, in overtime during the first game of Wednesday's second round. The Huskies, the No. 9 seed, were led by sophomore guard Shabazz Napier's 26 points and six assists.

The result advances UConn (20-12) to day three of the five-day, single-elimination event at Madison Square Garden and sets up the third meeting with Syracuse this season. The Orange (30-1) already defeated the Huskies, 85-67, Feb. 11, and 71-69, Feb. 25.

Obviously, the end results of those games have fostered some hard feelings from UConn, which defeated Syracuse in last year's Big East Tournament quarterfinals -- we all remember what happened from there.

However, last year's game will not be talked as much as 2009's epic six-overtime thriller against UConn that ended with the Orange winning 127-117.

Syracuse vs Connecticut Recap March 12 2009 (via bendreizehn)

In the history of the Big East Tournament, these two program have meet a bunch of times. Here's a rundown of the history and results:

2011: UConn 76, Syracuse 71 (OT) -- Semifinals
2009: Syracuse 127, UConn 117 (6OT) -- Quartefinals
2007: Syracuse 78, UConn 65 -- First Round
2006: Syracuse 96, UConn 84 (OT) -- Quarterfinals
2005: Syracuse 67, UConn 63 -- Quarterfinals
2003: UConn 80, Syracuse 67 -- Semifinals
2001: Syracuse 86, UConn 75 -- First Round
1999: UConn 71, Syracuse 50 -- Semifinals
1998: UConn 69, Syracuse 64 -- Championship
1996: UConn 85, Syracuse 67 -- Semifinals
1990: UConn 78, Syracuse 75 -- Championship
1984: Syracuse 73, UConn 58 -- Quarterfinals
1980: Syracuse 92, UConn 61 -- Semifinals

For those keeping score: Syracuse 7, UConn 6

All-in-all, whenever these two schools meet up in the Big East Championship Tournament it's going to be a good show. So, enjoy!

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Big East Tournament 2012: Mike Rice Says 'Rutgers Is Going To Happen'

The Rutgers men's basketball team ended a difficult 2011-2012 season on a down note Tuesday, getting blown out by Villanova, 70-49, in opening-round play of the Big East Conference tournament. The Scarlet Knights finished 14-19, but head coach Mike Rice is optimistic about the future of his team -- which featured all underclassmen.

"It's going to happen. Rutgers is going to happen. I keep telling anybody who's going to listen," Rice said Tuesday night. "You get bigger and stronger. We need to be‑‑ we now know what we don't know going into October. They all thought they knew it. They had the answer. ... But these guys will get it. They had incredible learning experiences. They all developed."

Rice expects his team to be better next season.

"They're going to understand what makes Division I teams successful, what makes winning basketball teams, making winning plays, playing for one another, doing your job, doing all the little details that goes into it," he said.

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Bracketology 2012: What's At Stake At The Big East Tournament

Round two of the 2012 Big East Conference men's basketball tournament tips off shortly, and for some schools there's more to play for than just winning the title on the floor of Madison Square Garden. For the Connecticut Huskies, Seton Hall Pirates and South Florida Bulls they're trying to solidify their NCAA Tournament at-large bids.

With victories on Tuesday, many Bracketologist have penciled in UConn and Seton Hall into the 68-team field. SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean has the Pirates as No. 12 seed, while UConn is a No. 10 seed.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Seton Hall as a No. 12 and facing the Xavier Musketeers in a first-round game in Dayton, OH, while the Huskies are a No. 10 seed. CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm is projecting the Pirates and Huskies as No. 11s.

Meanwhile, USF is currently in on the madness of March, but barley. Dobbertean and Palm both are predicting that the Bulls will earn a No. 12 seed, however, will be forced to participate in a first-round game in Dayton, while Lundari has the same seed, but, in the round of 64.

As for the West Virginia Mountaineers, Georgetown Hoyas and Louisville Cardinals, who're all playing Wednesday, are shoo-ins not matter their results in round two.

In conclusion, USF needs a victory to not sweat come Selection Sunday, while Seton Hall and UConn are in, however, who knows what will happen during the next few days when it comes to mid-major conference tournament.

A win put you in not matter what the results of those tournament, while a loss can still put them on the outside looking in.

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Big East Tournament 2012: West Virginia, Georgetown, Louisville, USF Ready To Go For Round Two

Day one of the Big East Conference men's basketball tournament was anything bit thrilling, as the first-round games featured the victor winning in blowout fashion. Day two of the Big East Tournament will showcase some better contests, with the No. 9-seeded Connecticut Huskies and West Virginia Mountaineers kick starting things at noon ET on ESPN at Madison Square Garden.

Following that game is No. 13 Pittsburgh Panthers against No. 5 Georgetown Huskies. The night session tips off with No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates playing No. 7 Louisville Cardinals, while No. 14 Villanova Wildcats and No. 5 South Florida Bulls cap the action.

SB Nation New York has a preview to each contest, here's a link to each:

Wednesday, March 7:

Noon/ESPNU, ESPN3D: UConn vs. West Virginia
2 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: Pitt vs. Georgetown
7 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: Seton Hall vs. Louisville
9 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: 'Nova vs. USF

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Big East Tournament 2012: No. 10 Seton Hall vs. No. 7 Louisville Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Resting firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Seton Hall Pirates boosted their March Madness hopes with a 79-47 rout of the Providence Friars in the first round of the Big East Tournament Tuesday night. Wednesday night, the No. 10 Pirates (20-11, 8-10 Big East) will face the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals (22-9, 10-8 Big East) at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3D.

Five Pirates scored in double figures Tuesday night, including four members of the starting lineup. Senior forward Herb Pope and freshman forward Brandon Mobley (who played 33 minutes off the bench) each scored a game-high 16 points, while senior guard Jordan Theodore contributed a double-double with 13 points and 13 assists. Sophomore guard/forward Fuquan Edwin added 12 points and sophomore forward Patrik Auda had 11. For the game, Seton Hall was 56.0 percent from the field (28-for-50).


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Louisville, meanwhile, earned a first-round bye despite losing its last two regular-season games. The Cardinals have six players averaging at least 8.0 points per game, and three average double-figures -- senior guard/forward Kyle Kuric (12.9 ppg), sophomore guard Russ Smith (11.9) and senior guard Chris Smith (10.1 ppg).

The winner of Wednesday's game will face the No. 2 Marquette Golden Eagles Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3D.

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Big East Tournament 2012: No. 13 Pittsburgh Vs. No. 5 Georgetown Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Middling as they seemed in the regular season, the Pittsburgh Panthers are moving on to the second round of the Big East Tournament for the first time in four years. The No. 13 Panthers (17-15, 5-13 Big East) will face the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas (22-7, 12-6 Big East) Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN 3D.

Pittsburgh met No. 12 St. John's Tuesday afternoon but was able to pull off the upset thanks to 20 points from senior guard Ashton Gibbs. Senior forward Nasir Robinson added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds.


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Georgetown, meanwhile, earned a first-round bye after despite losing its regular-season finale to Marquette (the conference's No. 2 seed) 83-69 Saturday. The Hoyas are led by a trio of senior guard Jason Clark (14.3 points per game), junior forward Hollis Thompson (13.0 ppg) and senior center Henry Sims (11.1 ppg). Freshman forward Otto Porter leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and is fourth with 9.0 ppg.

Wednesday afternoon's winner will face the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats Thursday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3D.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Bracket Finalized For Day Two

The first round of the 2012 Big East Tournament ended late Tuesday night as the No. 14 Villanova Wildcats knocked off the No. 11 Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Madison Square Garden. The result finalized the bracket for day two, as the Connecticut Huskies, Pittsburgh Panthers and Seton Hall Pirates all won in blowout fashion earlier on Tuesday.

Wednesday, the second round of the Big East Tournament will feature four teams that received first-round byes -- the West Virginia Mountaineers, Georgetown Hoyas, Louisville Cardinals and South Florida Bulls.

Here's the updated Big East Tournament bracket and TV schedule:

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET/ESPN2, ESPN3D: (16) DePaul Blue Demons 67, (9) Connecticut Huskies 81
2 p.m./ESPN2, ESPN3D: (12) St. John’s Red Storm 59, (12) Pittsburgh Panthers 73
7 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (15) Providence Friars 47, (10) Seton Hall Pirates 79
9 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (11) Rutgers Scarlet Knights 49, (14) Villanova Wildcats 70

Wednesday, March 7:

Noon/ESPNU, ESPN3D: (9) Connecticut Huskies vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (5) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (10) Seton Hall Pirates vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (6) South Florida Bulls

Thursday, March 8:

Noon/ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9:

7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012, Rutgers Vs. Villanova Final Score: Wildcats Defeat Scarlet Knights, 70-49

Despite Eli Carter scoring a game-high 23 points, the No. 11 Rutgers Scarlet Knights lost to the No. 14 Villanova Wildcats 70-49 in the first round of the 2012 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The Scarlet Knights went from making all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first half to missing all six treys in the second, as the Wildcats advanced to the second round to play the No. 5 South Florida Bulls Wednesday (9 p.m. on ESPN).

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Junior guard Maalik Wayns finished with a team-best 28 points for 'Nova, which out-rebounded Rutgers 39-23 and went 22-for-30 from the free throw line. Junior forward Mouphtaou Yarou added nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Scarlet Knights finished the game shooting just 29 percent from the floor, including 7-for-16 from long range (RU was 7-for-11 in the first half). Rutgers scored only 15 points in the second half.

Junior guard Dane Miller netted seven points for the Scarlet Knights, while freshman guard Myles Mack added six but was held scoreless in the second half.

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Big East Tournament, Rutgers Vs. Villanova Halftime Score: Scarlet Knights Lead Wildcats, 34-30

Using seven 3-pointers and a 15-2 run, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have taken a 34-30 halftime lead over the Villanova Wildcats in a first-round game of the 2012 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Freshman guard Eli Carter has netted a game-best 15 points, including three 3-pointers, for Rutgers which has gone 7-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc.

Junior guard Maalik Wayns has tallied a team-best nine points for the Wildcats, who's shooting 41-percent from the floor. Junior forward Mouphtaou Yarou and sophomore guard James Bell have each netted six points.

Junior guard Dane Miller and freshman guard Myles Mack both scored six points for the Scarlet Knights.

The winner advances to Wednesday's second round where it will play the No. 6-seeded South Florida Bulls (9 p.m. ET on ESPN). Click here for a look at the bracket.

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Big East Tournament 2012, Seton Hall Vs. Providence Final Score: Pirates Sink Friars, 79-47

The Seton Hall Pirates needed a victory Tuesday to help solidify a NCAA Tournament at-large invite, and that's just what they received by routing the Providence Friars 79-44 in the first round of the 2012 Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Senior guard Jordan Theodore netted a team-best 13 points and set a new personal and Big East tourney record with 13 assists to help the No. 10-seeded Pirates advance to Wednesday's second round (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). Awaiting Seton Hall will be the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals, who beat the Pirates 60-51 on Jan. 28. The Friars now finish their season 15-17 overall.

Senior forward Herb Pope tallied a team-best 16 points and collected six rebounds, while freshman forward Brandon Mobley netted a collegiate-best 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Overall, the Pirates went 8-for-16 from behind the 3-point arc and shot 56-percent from the floor.

The Friars were paced by freshman forward LaDontae Henton, who scored 14 and collected seven rebounds.

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Seton Hall Vs. Providence Halftime Score: Pirates Ahead 36-23

Led by five 3-pointers, the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program has overcome an early 9-0 deficit to take a 36-23 halftime lead over the Providence Friars in a first-round Big East Conference Tournament game at Madison Square Garden. The winner of this game advances to play the No. 7-seeded Louisville Cardinals Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Freshman forward Brandon Mobley added a team-high 11 points, while senior forward Jordan Theodore added nine to help give Seton Hall a 14-point cushion heading into the locker room.

Freshman forward LaDontae Henton has tallied a team-best seven points for Providence, which is shooting just 25-percent from the floor, including 2-for-10 from 3-point range. The Pirates, meanwhile, have made 5 of their 12 3-pointers.

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Big East Basketball Awards 2012: Jae Crowder Earns Player of the Year; Moe Harkless Is Rookie of the Year

The final four Big East Conference men's basketball awards were announced Tuesday evening, and St. John's Red Storm freshman guard Moe Harkless was named the league's Rookie of the Year, while Marquette Golden Eagles senior forward Jae Crowder earned Player of the Year honors.

Harkless, whose Johnnies lost in the first round of the Big East Tournament to the Pittsburgh Panthers 73-59 despite his game-high 25 points, becomes the first St. John's player to win the award since David Russell in 1979-80.

Harkless averaged 15 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for St. John's, which ended the year 13-19 overall.

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Crowder was in a two-way battle with West Virginia Mountaineers senior forward Kevin Jones, but his play down the stretch helped the Golden Eagles finish the season as the second-best team in the conference.


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G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - Jae Crowder 31 32.8 6.2 12.1 51.2 1.8 5.0 36.1 3.5 4.6 74.3 1.8 6.2 7.9 2.1 1.3 2.4 1.0 2.6 17.6

Meanwhile, USF head coach Stan Heath earned the confernece's Coach of the Year award, beating out theSyracuse Orange's Jim Boeheim and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Mike Brey.

Heath helped lead the Bulls to their best regular season in Big East history (12-6), as well as a 19-12 record overall. So far, South Florida is on pace to earn a NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 1992.

Here's a composite look of the 2012 Big East awards:

Player of the Year: Jae Crowder, senior forward, Marquette Golden Eagles
Sixth-Man of the Year: Dion Waiters, sophomore guard, Syracuse Orange
Rookie of the Year: Moe Harkless, guard/forward, St. John's Red Storm
Coach of the Year: Stan Heath, South Florida Bulls
Scholar Athlete of the Year: Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Sportsman of the Year: Jason Clark, senior guard, Georgetown Hoyas

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Big East Tournament 2012: Tuesday Afternoon Bracket Update

The 2012 Big East Tournament is already two games old, as the Connecticut Huskies and Pittsburgh Panthers earned first-round victories and advanced to the second round of the five-day, 16-team, single-elimination event at Madison Square Garden.

On deck, the No. 10-seeded Seton Hall Pirates will try to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive against the No.15 Providence Friars at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. Following that contest is No. 14 Villanova Wildcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights (approx. 9 p.m. on ESPNU).

Here's the updated Big East Tournament bracket and TV schedule:

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET/ESPN2, ESPN3D: (9) Connecticut Huskies 81, (16) DePaul Blue Demons 67
2 p.m./ESPN2, ESPN3D: (12) Pittsburgh Panthers 73, (12) St. John’s Red Storm 59
7 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) Seton Hall Pirates
9 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Wednesday, March 7:

Noon/ESPNU, ESPN3D: (9) Connecticut Huskies vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (5) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) South Florida Bulls

Thursday, March 8:

Noon/ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9:

7 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m./ESPN, ESPN3D: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012, St. John's Vs. Pittsburgh Final Score: Panthers Coast, 73-59

Despite freshman guard Moe Harkless netting a game-high 25 points, the St. John's Red Storm fell the to Pittsburgh Panthers 73-59 in the first round of the 2012 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The loss ends the No. 12-seeded Red Storm's season ends with an overall record of 13-19.

No. 13 Pittsburgh (16-15) kept its possible NCAA Tournament miracle run alive, as it advances to play the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas Wednesday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. Earlier in the year, the Panthers defeated the Hoyas 72-60 Jan. 28.

Senior guard Ashton Gibbs paced Pitt in scoring with 20 points, while senior forward Nasir Robinson tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. The Panthers shot 45 percent from the floor, while the Red Storm made 33 percent.

Meanwhile, St. John's ends the year with high hopes for next season, as head coach Steve Lavin told ESPN during Tuesday's afternoon broadcast that he will return to the program after fully recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

Lavin also said the Johnnies should bring in another top-tier recruiting class, which will go well with Harkless, the favorite to win the Big East Rookie of the Year award, and freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison, who earned a spot on the All-Big East Rookie Team.

Tuesday, Harrison finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Harkless added nine.

The only player not returning next year for St. John's is senior guard Malik Stith, who averaged 2.7 points in 14.6 minutes of playing time per game.

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Bracketology 2012: Seton Hall Basketball Still In NCAA Tournament Field Entering Big East Tournament

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program's attempt to solidify the NCAA Tournament will begin Tuesday, when they face the Providence Friars in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. on ESPNU).

The Pirates enter the contest needing a victory that would help them get off the March Madness bubble. As of Tuesday, Bracketologist have Seton Hall making 68-team field, however, all that could change if the No. 15-seeded Friars upset the No. 10 Pirates.


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Here's a composite look at what the Bracketologists are projecting for Seton Hall basketball entering Big East Tournament play on Tuesday:

SB Nation's Dobbertean: No. 12 seed vs. UNLV
SI.com's Glockner: No. 12 vs. No. 5 Cheighton Blue Jays
CollegeHoops.net: No. 12
ESPN's Lunadri: No. 12, first-round contest vs. No. 12 Xavier Musketeers

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2012 Big East Basketball Tournament: Seton Hall Vs. Providence Preview

Save for a nearly month-long, six-game losing streak in January, Seton Hall could find its NCAA Tournament standing much more secure as postseason play begins.

Tuesday night, the No. 10 seed Pirates (19-11, 8-10 Big East) will face the No. 15 seed Providence Friars (15-16, 4-14 Big East) in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3D.

Seton Hall entered Big East play back in late December with an 11-1 record, with its only loss coming Nov. 20 against Northwestern. But in their conference opener, the Pirates were steamrolled by the Syracuse Orange (the conference tourney's No. 1 seed).

Seton Hall rebounded with a four-game winning streak, but then game the six-game skid. Four of the losses came on the road, including on trips to South Florida (the Big East's No. 6 seed) Marquette (No. 2) and Connecticut (No. 9). Seton Hall also dropped home games in that stretch to Notre Dame (No. 3) and Louisville (No. 7). The Pirates rebounded four of their next five, though a two-game skid to end the season (losses to Rutgers and DePaul) eliminated much of that momentum.

Providence, meanwhile, entered Big East play with a 11-2 record before losing eight of its first nine conference games. A 78-67 home win against Rutgers Feb. 1 stemmed the tide, though the Friars proceeded to lose its next five. They ended the regular season with two straight wins against DePaul and Connecticut before losing 75-69 at Notre Dame Friday.

The Pirates had three players finish the season scoring in double-digits. Senior guard Jordan Theodore led the team with 16.0 points and 6.7 assists per game, while senior forward Herb Pope averaged a double-double with 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard/forward Fuquan Edwin scored 12.6 points and also averaged 3.1 steals per game, second-most in the nation.

Providence had four players finish with at least 10 points per game, led by junior guard Vincent Council with 16.2. Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton averaged 14.4 and freshman forward LaDontae Henton scored 14.3. Sophomore guard Gerard Coleman was fourth with 13.5.

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2012 Big East Basketball Tournament: Rutgers Vs. Villanova Preview

Less than one week ago, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Villanova Wildcats met in what was the second-to-last Big East regular season game for each. The Wildcats left the Scarlet Knights' home arena with a 77-71 win, playing a considerable role in determining some of the conference's lower seeds for this week's Big East Tournament.

Tuesday night, No. 11 seed Rutgers (14-17, 6-12, Big East) faces No. 14 seed Villanova (12-18, 5-13 Big East) at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3D.

After the six-point loss to Villanova, Rutgers rebounded with a 61-58 win against St. John's, securing the No. 11 seed in the process. The Wildcats, meanwhile, fell to Cincinnati at home 72-68, knocking them down to the No. 14 seed.

The Scarlet Knights were relatively inconsistent for the majority of non-conference play and the first half of Big East play. Following a Jan. 28 61-54 win over Cincinnati, Rutgers stood at 12-10 overall with a 4-5 record against conference teams. However, the Scarlet Knights lost their next six games, sending them into an ill-timed spiral. A Feb. 25 77-72 overtime win at Seton Hall reversed Rutgers' fortunes, but the loss to Villanova came five days later.

Similarly, the Wildcats have dealt with up-and-down play for much of the season. Villanova lost its first three Big East games and then endured losing streaks of three and four games in the second half of conference play. Interestingly enough, the Wildcats have enjoyed balanced scoring throughout their roster with four players averaging in double figures. Junior guard Maalik Wayns leads the team with 17.5 points per game, while fellow junior guard Dominic Clark is second with 13.2. Junior forward/center Mouphtaou Yarou averages 10.9 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game, while JayVaughn Pinkston scores 10.0 points per game.

Rutgers has just one player scoring in double figures, freshman guard Eli Carter with 13.5 points per game. Junior guard/forward Dane Miller is fourth in scoring with 7.9 points but first with 6.7 rebounds per game.

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2012 Big East Basketball Tournament: DePaul Vs. Connecticut Preview

Connecticut likely had higher expectations for the 2011-12 season following its NCAA Tournament championship last year. But in finishing 18-12 overall and 8-10 in conference play, the Huskies enter the Big East Tournament as the No. 9 seed. They'll play the No. 16 DePaul Blue Demons (12-18, 3-15 Big East) in the opening round of the tourney Tuesday, March 6 at noon ET on ESPN2/ESPN3D.

The two teams met once during the regular season, with UConn winning 80-54 on Feb. 15.

UConn began the season ranked No. 4 in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. By the time the Big East season opened, the Huskies had dropped a game against the Central Florida Knights in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 25, 2011, but were still ranked No. 9. The Huskies began their conference slate 4-2, before losing four straight and dropping out of the polls. A 69-46 win over Seton Hall Feb. 4 -- a game the Huskies played without head coach Jim Calhoun, who took an indefinite leave of absence because of spinal stenosis -- got UConn back on the winning track, but it lost five of its final eight games.

DePaul, meanwhile, finished with the worst Big East record and tied Villanova for the conference's worst overall record. The Blue Demons collected their first Big East win Jan. 5 against Pittsburgh, but lost their next five conference games. At Rutgers Jan. 25, DePaul picked up its second conference win before dropping its next nine games. In the regular-season finale, DePaul trounced Seton Hall 86-58.

UConn's leading scorer, sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb (17.6 points per game), scored 14 in the Huskies' regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday. Lamb is also second on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game (tied with junior forward/center Alex Oriakhi) and third with 1.7 assists per game.

While four Huskies finished the season averaging at least 10 points per game, the Blue Demons had just two. Sophomore forward Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 17.4 points per game and also finished first with 7.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Brandon Young finished with 14.8 points per game and also led the Blue Demons with 4.9 assists per game.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Late Season Collapse Has Seton Hall In Precarious NCAA Tournament Position

Seton Hall can win its way into the NCAA Tournament this week. It didn't have to be that way.

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2012 Big East Basketball Tournament: St. John's Vs. Pittsburgh Preview

The Big East was largely disappointing this season, and the Pittsburgh Panthers were one of the principal culprits.

One year after finishing 28-6 ranked as high as No. 2 and spending 19 weeks in the polls, the Panthers began the season No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh finished the season 13th in the Big East with a 5-13 conference record and 16-15 overall mark. Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET, the Panthers will face the No. 12 St. John's Red Storm (13-18, 6-12 Big East). The game will be aired on ESPN2 and ESPN3D.

The two teams met on Feb. 29 in Pittsburgh, a game the Pirates won 89-69.

Beginning with a 59-54 loss to Northeast Conference School Wagner Dec. 23, 2011, Pittsburgh -- ranked No. 13 at the time -- lost eight straight games. Prior to that loss to Wagner, Pittsburgh had lost just one game, Nov. 16, 2011, against Long Beach State. The losing streak was the Panthers' longest in more than a decade, though they were without junior point guard Tray Woodall for 11 games due to groin and abdominal injuries. Woodall finished second behind senior guard Ashton Gibbs in scoring with 11.5 points per game. Gibbs finished the season averaging 15.4.

St.John's, meanwhile, enters the conference tourney on a two-game losing streak. Following their loss to the Panthers, the Red Storm lost at Rutgers March 3, 61-58. St. John's did play a tough non-conference schedule, losing to Arizona, Texas A&M and Kentucky before Big East play started.

However, the Red Storm don't have many quality wins. They did beat the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but two four-game losing steaks in conference play largely detracted from their record.

St. John's finished the season with three players averaging double-figures in scoring, led by freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison with 17.0 points per game. Freshman guard/forward Moe Harkless averaged 15.0, while sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsey contributed 12.4 per game -- though he appeared in only nine games for the Red Storm. Lindsey abruptly announced he was transferring from St. John's in early December. In mid-January, he announced he had chosen Arkansas, but five days later he reneged on the Razorbacks and elected to transfer to Rider.

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Big East Basketball Awards 2012: Syracuse, Seton Hall, St. John's Basketball Players Earn All-Big East Honors

Kris Joseph, a senior forward for the No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange men's basketball program, earned All-Big East First Team honors Sunday, as the league announced its winners via Twitter. Joseph, who led the conference's top team with 14.1 points per game, was one of three Orange players to earn All-Big East honors, as senior point guard Scoop Jardine was a second-team selection, while sophomore guard Dion Waiters was third-team.

Joseph, who's now a nominee for the Big East Player of the Year, joined senior forward Jae Crownder (Marquette Golden Eagles), senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette), sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut Huskies) and senior forward Kevin Jones (West Virginia Mountaineers) as first-team selections.

Other local SB Nation New York hoopsters earning All-Big East honors were Seton Hall Pirates' seniors Jordan Theodore (second-team) and Herb Pope (third-team), while St. John's Red Storm freshmen D'Angelo Harrison and Moe Harkless each made the All-Big East Rookie squad.

On Monday, the Big East will announce the winners of Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth-Man and Sportsmanship Award. The Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards will all be announced Tuesday.

For a complete listing of the All-Big East teams, here's a link to the Big East basketball Twitter feed.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Bracket Finalized As Syracuse Enters As No. 1 Seed

The 2012 Big East Tournament bracket and schedule were finalized Saturday night, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the St. John's Red Storm, 61-58, in a men' basketball game at the RAC. The contest capped another exciting Big East regular season, which was won by the No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange for the second time in three seasons.


Related: Team-By-Team Tournament Previews

Now, its onto the conference's biggest event of the year, which is played out over five days at Madison Square Garden. Here's a look at the bracket and the TV schedule:

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
2 p.m.: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) St. John's Red Storm
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) Seton Hall Pirates
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) South Florida Bulls

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012: Saturday Afternoon Bracket Update

Four Big East Conference men's basketball regular-season finales are in the books for Saturday, and the Big East Tournament 2012 field is almost set. The final scores of the afternoon games changed Friday's update to the bracket and schedule a lot.

Here's what the Big East Tournament would look like as of 4:15 p.m. ET on Saturday (scenarios for tonight's games are below the bracket):

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) Connecticut Huskies
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) St. John's Red Storm

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) South Florida Bulls

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

Note: Bracket is based on current Big East Standings. Here's what could happen later tonight:

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Big East Tournament 2012: What The Bracket Would Look Like Today 7.0

The Big East Tournament is five days away, and the bracket and schedule is quickly shaping up. Since our last update, the only shift in the bracket has been the Pittsburgh Panthers moving from a No. 13-seed to a No. 12, however, it means nothing as their opponent, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, is the same.

On Friday, the Providence Friars visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who could lockup a double-bye with a victory.

Meanwhile, Saturday's slate of games could have some impact on the Big East Tournament field, as the South Florida Bulls could earn a double-bye if they beat the West Virginia Mountaineers and Notre Dame or the Georgetown Hoyas lose regular-season finales.

The Seton Hall Pirates could lockup a single-bye with a win over the DePaul Blue Demons, as the Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville Cardinals have already cemented their first-round byes.

The biggest change in seeding could come from the St. John's Red Storm, who's currently seeded No. 11 but could fall all the way to No. 14 with a loss to Rutgers.

So, without further delay here's what the Big East Tournament would look like if it started today.

(Note: Bracket is made by the current Big East basketball standings. Head-to-head results are factored in.)

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m.: (13) Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (12) Pittsburgh Panthers
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) Connecticut Huskies
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) St. John's Red Storm

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) South Florida Bulls
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) Cincinnati Bearcats

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Georgetown Hoyas

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012: What The Bracket Would Look Like Today 6.0

The Big East Conference men's basketball tournament begins in just five days, and on Tuesday the field got a bit of a shuffle when the Connecticut Huskies lost at the Providence Friars. The loss puts UConn's NCAA Tournament hopes in a lot of jeopardy, as they've dropped nine of their last 12 contests with the only victories coming against Seton Hall Pirates, DePaul Blue Demons and Villanova Wildcats.

In conclusion, the odds that UConn fans stopped reading this piece after its second sentence are very good.

Meanwhile, Seton Hall (19-10, 8-9) and the South Florida Bulls (18-11, 11-5) greatly benefit from the Huskies awful play down the stretch, as both teams have not only secured a bye in the Big East Tournament -- Seton Hall just needs to beat DePaul on Saturday -- but, possibly a March Madness bid. However, the latter will be decided on Selection Sunday.

For now, here's what the Big East Tournament bracket would look like if the five-day, 16-team, single-elimination event begin today.

(Note: Bracket is made by the current Big East basketball standings. Head-to-head results are factored in.)

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m.: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) Connecticut Huskies
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) St. John's Red Storm

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) South Florida Bulls
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) Cincinnati Bearcats

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Georgetown Hoyas

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012: What The Bracket Would Look Like Today 5.0

There are six days left in the Big East Conference men's basketball regular season, and the league's tournament field is slowly taking shape. Currently, the Syracuse Orange and Marquette Golden Eagles are the only two schools to clinch a double-bye in the 16-team, five-day, single elimination event, which begins Tuesday, March 6, at Madison Square Garden.

The Orange (29-1, 16-1) earned the Big East's regular season title, while the Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3) are in second-place in the Big East standings, but still could fall two fourth place with losses in their final two regular-season games -- at Cincinnati Bearcats, Wed., and versus Georgetown Hoyas on Sat.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-9, 12-4) finish up with a Monday night match-up at Georgetown and against visiting Providence Friars on Friday.

The South Florida Bulls (18-11, 11-5), Cincinnati Bearcats (20-9, 10-6) and Louisville Cardinals (22-7, 10-6) all have slim chances of earning the final double-bye spot, but will need some help to get there.

If you'd like to know what the Big East Tournament bracket would look like if the regular season ended today, well, here it is.

(Note: Bracket is made by the current Big East basketball standings. Head-to-head results are factored in.)

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
2 p.m.: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) West Virginia Mountaineers
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) St. John's Red Storm

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) South Florida Bulls
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) Cincinnati Bearcats

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012: What The Bracket Would Look Like Today 4.0

Saturday's Big East Conference men's basketball slate of games made one thing clear, the No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange are your outright regular-season champions and will be the No. 1-overall seed in the upcoming Big East Conference Tournament, March 6-10.

The Orange (29-1, 16-1) edged the Connecticut Huskies, 71-69, at the Gample Pavilion on Saturday, however, even before their victory clinched the top seed when the St. John's Red Storm upset the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 61-58, at Madison Square Garden.

Other results Saturday featured: Georgetown Hoyas beating the Villanova Wildcats, 67-46; Providence Friars edging DePaul Blue Demons, 73-71; and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights downing Seton Hall Pirates, 77-72.

After the day, here's what the Big East Tournament bracket and schedule would look like today if it started.

(Note: Bracket is made by the current Big East basketball standings. Head-to-head results are factored in.)

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
2 p.m.: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) West Virginia Mountaineers
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) St. John's Red Storm

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) Cincinnati Bearcats
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) South Florida Bulls

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Marquette Golden Eagles
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Syracuse Basketball Clinches Big East Tournament's No. 1 Seed

Thanks to an upset performance from the St. John's Red Storm Saturday, the No. 2 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team has clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming Big East Conference men's basketball tournament March 6-10 at Madison Square Garden.

The Johnnies (13-16, 6-10) used 22 points from freshman guard Moe Harkless to hold off the Irish, 61-58. The loss made it mathematically impossible for Notre Dame (20-9, 12-4) to catch Syracuse for the top spot in the Big East standings, which currently feature the Marquette Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3) in lone possession of second place. However, the Golden Eagles would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Orange, who defeated them 73-66 on Jan. 7, if they were to lose their remaining two regular-season games.

On Wednesday, Syracuse edged the South Florida Bulls, 56-48, to earn at least a share of the Big East regular-season title -- the Orange's 10th in program history, tying them for first in the league with UConn.

The Orange's first game in the Big East Tournament will be Thursday, March 8, at noon. Syracuse is the only Big East team to clinch a double-bye, while Marquette and Note Dame have clinched at least a first-round bye in the five-day, single-elimination event.

For more on the Big East Tournament schedule, bracket and seedings, check out this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For a preview of Saturday night's game between Syracuse and UConn, here's a link to that.

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Big East Tournament 2012: What The Bracket Would Look Like Today 3.0

Wednesday's slate of games in the Big East Conference provided a bit of a shake up in the Big East Tournament bracket seedings, as the West Virginia Mountaineers lost their sixth game in eight tries and have dropped all the way to a No. 10 seed in the 16-team, five-day event at Madison Square Garden, March 6-10.

With a victory Tuesday over the Georgetown Hoyas, the Seton Hall Pirates have put themselves in a position to earn a first-round bye, while the Syracuse Orange, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Marquette Golden Eagles and Hoyas all have double-byes.

The Orange are the only team to have locked up a double-bye and a share of the Big East crown, as they downed the South Florida Bulls, currently the No. 5 seed, 56-48 on Wednesday.

Mind you, most Big East teams have three regular-season games remaining, while Syracuse only has two. The Big East regular season will completed next Saturday, March 3.

For a complete look at what the Big East Tournament 2012 schedule would like like if the regular-season ended today, well, here it is:

(Note: Bracket is made by the current Big East basketball standings. Head-to-head results are factored in.)

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
2 p.m.: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
7 p.m.: (15) Providence Friars vs. (10) West Virginia Mountaineers
9 p.m.: (14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (11) St. John's Red Storm

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) South Florida Bulls
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Cincinnati Bearcats
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) Louisville Cardinals

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Marquette Golden Eagles

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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Big East Tournament 2012: What The Bracket Would Look Like Today 2.0

There wasn't much shuffling in the Big East Conference men's basketball standings after this weekend's games, as each favorite took care of its respective business and earned victories. So, the 2012 Big East Tournament bracket looks very similar to last Thursday's edition of What The Bracket Would Look Like Today. However, there are some minor changes.

As of Monday, Feb. 20, the Seton Hall Pirates have lost their first-round bye in the five-day, 16-team, single-elimination event at Madison Square Garden, as the West Virginia Mountaineers have moved up from No. 9 to No. 8.

From here on out, the Syracuse Orange have just three regular-season games remaining, while the remaining double-bye schools -- Marquette Golden Eagles, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgetown Hoyas -- all have four.

The Orange host the South Florida Bulls and can all but lock up the No. 1 seed with a victory. However, there's a slim chance that Syracuse could lose two of its final three, and Notre Dame, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two schools, wins out and earns the top spot.

Either way, it seems like Syracuse, Notre Dame and Marquette are all locks to earn a double-bye, while Georgetown, South Florida, Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats still have shots at snagging the last, double-bye slot.

If the tournament started today, here's what the Big East Tournament bracket and schedule would look like:

(Note: Bracket is made by the current Big East basketball standings. Head-to-head results are factored in.)

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET: (No. 16-seed) Providence Friars vs. (9) Seton Hall Pirates
2 p.m.: (13) St. John's Red Storm vs. (12) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
7 p.m.: (15) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (10) Connecticut Huskies
9 p.m.: (14) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (11) Villanova Wildcats

Wednesday, March 7 (Second Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 13/12) vs. (5) South Florida Bulls
7 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 15/10) vs. (7) Cincinnati Bearcats
9 p.m.: (WINNER of No. 14/11) vs. (6) Louisville Cardinals

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinal Round on ESPN):

Noon: (WINNER of Wed. Noon Game) vs. (1) Syracuse Orange
2 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 2 p.m. Game) vs. (4) Georgetown Hoyas
7 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (2) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Wed. 9 p.m. Game) vs. (3) Marquette Golden Eagles

Friday, March 9 (Semifinal Round on ESPN):

7 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. Noon Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 2 p.m. Game)
9 p.m.: (WINNER of Thurs. 7 p.m. Game) vs. (WINNER of Thurs. 9 p.m. Game)

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Round on ESPN):

9 p.m.: WINNERS of Semifinal-Round Games

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