If the Big East Tournament started today

Instead of being sociable or attempting to decipher whatever it was that crazy woman at the front of the room was going on about, I spent my youthful winter hours at school drawing up mock Conference USA or Metro Tournament Brackets. I found knowing how the tournament would look if the season miraculously ended that day to be quite soothing and agreeable. Sure, I now lack both friends and the capability to read, but this is a game that demands sacrifice.

I would do this almost daily until the actual tournament was played, at which point I would revert to drawing haphazard squiggly lines on a piece of paper and trying to play it off like I was creative (a point of contention that was surprisingly not aided by my NPR lunchbox or Frasier backpack).

Well the game is back and sure to resurface several times over the next couple of weeks, so I suggest you embrace it...or scroll down and read the next post.

Here is how the Big East Tournament would be set up if the season ended today:

Tues., Mar. 9 Wed., Mar. 10 Thurs., Mar 11 Fri., Mar 12 Sat.,Mar 13
Noon
9) Seton Hall
16) Depaul
Noon
8) Connecticut
Noon
1) Syracuse
Semifinals, 7pm, 9pm Finals, 7pm
2 pm
12) South Florida
13) St. John's
2 pm
5) Marquette
2 pm
4) West Virginia
7 pm
10) Cincinnati
15) Rutgers
7 pm
7) Louisville
7 pm
2) Villanova
9 pm
11) Notre Dame
14) Providence
9 pm
6) Georgetown
9 pm
3) Pittsburgh

 

Notes:

--West Virginia and Pitt split their season series and are currently tied for third place at 10-5. The Panthers get the nod at the three seed because of their victory over Syracuse.

--Marquette, Georgetown and Louisville are all tied for fifth, one game back of WVU and Pitt. The Golden Eagles lead the mini-conference for the time being, but they still have to play U of L on March 2nd.

--There's a huge logjam in the middle of the conference as Connecticut, Seton Hall, Cincinnati and Notre Dame are all tied for eighth-place and the final first-day bye. The Fighting Irish are 1-3 in the four-team mini-conference, establishing themselves as the 11-seed. Because the games are uneven among the remaining three squads, the tiebreaker shifts to their record against the top teams in the league. UConn is your No. 8 seed because of their win over Vllanova, Seton Hall is No. 9 (Louisville win) and Cincy falls to No. 10.

--Providence and Rutgers are tied for 14th, but the Friars own the head-to-head tiebreaker. 

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