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NCAA Tournament 2011 Bracket: Five Big East Conference Teams In Action Today

The Big East Conference went 4-2 in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament play on Thursday. Five more Big East teams take the court today in second-round play, headlined by third-seeded Syracuse taking on 14th-seeded Indiana State in an East Region game at 9:57 p.m. (truTV). SB Nation New York will have much more on that game coming up throughout the day.

The highest-seeded Big East team in action will be Notre Dame, seeded No. 2 in the Southwest Region. The Fighting Irish face 15th-seeded Akron.

Check this StoryStream throughout the day for game-by-game updates and recaps.

1:40 p.m.: (15) Akron vs. (2) Notre Dame on TBS

Thirty years ago (1981), the Fighting Irish earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. During his 11 seasons at ND, head coach Mike Brey is just 5-6 during March Madness.

Check out SB Nation's home for Notre Dame -- Rakes Of Mallow.

2:10 p.m.: (9) Villanova vs. (8) George Mason on TNT

The Wildcats have earned an invite to the NCAA Tournament for six straight years. In 2007, 'Nova was seeded ninth, while in '08 it was slotted No. 12.

Check out SB Nation's home for Villanova -- The Nova Blog.

7:27 p.m.: (11) Marquette vs. (6) Xavier on truTV

The Marquette Golden Eagles have earned an invite to the NCAAs for five straight season, but never have received a seed higher than a six (three times) or lower than an eight.

Check out SB Nation's home for Marquette -- Anonymous Eagle.

9:50 p.m.: (11) VCU vs. (6) Georgetown on TNT

This is the third time the Hoyas have earned a No. 6 seed, the last time was in '95 when they reached the Sweet 16.

Check out SB Nation's home for Georgetown -- Casual Hoya.

9:57 p.m.: (14) Indiana St. vs. (3) Syracuse on truTV

Surprisingly, these two historic programs have never met before. SU has made the Sweet 16 the past two seasons.

Check out SB Nation's home for Syracuse -- Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.

-- Jared Smith contributed to this report.