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Big East Tournament 2012: Bracket, Schedule, TV Coverage And More

Action begins Tuesday in the 2012 Big East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. Four first-round games will be played at Madison Square Garden, beginning at noon ET. SB Nation New York has everything you need to be ready for the tournament.


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St. John’s, Rutgers and Seton Hall are all in action Tuesday. Top-seeded Syracuse, the Big East regular season champ and No. 2 team in the country, does not play until Thursday. Here are today’s first-round matchups, including game times and TV information:

Noon ET/ESPN2, ESPN3D: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies [Full Game Preview]
2 p.m./ESPN2, ESPN3D: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) St. John’s Red Storm [Full Game Preview]
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

Below is a printable bracket.

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Here is the complete tournament schedule, in list form.

Tuesday, March 6 (First Round):

Noon ET/ESPN2, ESPN3D: (No. 16-seed) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
2 p.m./ESPN2, ESPN3D: (13) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (12) St. John’s Red Storm
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: (WINNER of No. 16/9) vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers
2 p.m./ESPNU, ESPN3D: (WINNER of No. 13/12) 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

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

For a SB Nation New York preview of other Big East schools, click on its respective links: Syracuse, Marquette, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Georgetown, South Florida, Louisville, West Virginia, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Providence, DePaul.