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Morning Coffee! Big East Tournament Gets Underway

Good morning, New York-area sports fans! March Madness arrives at Madison Square Garden today with the opening-round games of the Big East Conference Basketball Tournament.

The highlight of today's action, at least for local fans, will be 12th-seeded Seton Hall facing 13th-seeded Rutgers at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Also on tap today, No. 9 UConn faces No. 16 DePaul (Noon, ESPN2), No. 10 Villanova faces No. 15 South Florida (7 p.m. ESPN2) and No. 11 Marquette faces No. 14 Providence (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Check SB Nation New York's Big East Basketball Tournament 2011 section for full tournament coverage.

The Big East Tournament is the main attraction, but it is not the only thing going on around the area sports scene. Let's take a look at what else is happening.

NBA: The New York Knicks routed the Utah Jazz Monday night, 131-109.

NHL: The New Jersey Devils look to continue their amazing assault on an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight against the Ottawa Senators. A victory tonight would put the Devils (30-31-3) at the .500 mark for the first time this season.