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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

For complete coverage of the Big East Tournament, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. If you'd like a recap of SBNY's regular-season coverage, visit this StoryStream.