Well the good news is that with Pitt's loss to Marquette, Louisville can lock up the second seed in the Big East Tournament with a win over Seton Hall tomorrow, an achievement that seemed beyond impossible two months ago. The bad news is that the dream scenario of playing the winner of a 6/11 Depaul/Uconn game is now officially off the table, and the possibility of playing arguably the most dangerous second round opponent, Villanova, is far more likely.
Only two games remain in the Big East's regular season, and since both of them have a direct impact on U of L's tourney seed, we can take a look at the four separate scenarios that are at play:
1) Louisville beats Seton Hall, Providence beats St. John's
No. 2 Louisville plays the winner of No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 10 Villanova.
In my opinion this is the most likely, and sadly the least desirable scenario.
2) Louisville beats Seton Hall, St. John's beats Providence
No. 2 Louisville plays the winner of No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 10 Providence.
Still not cool that WVU is on the table, but if they don't come to play on Wednesday, I'd rather have Providence upset them than 'Nova.
3) Louisville loses to Seton Hall, Providence beats St. John's
No. 4 Louisville plays the winner of No. 5 Syracuse vs. No. 12 St. John's
4) Louisville loses to Seton Hall, St. John's beats Providence
No. 4 Louisville plays the winner of No. 5 Syracuse vs. No. 12 Connecticut
So that's what we're working with. In the end I suppose you've just got to say fuck it, let's beat whoever warms up on the other end of the court...and comes to midcourt for the tip, and plays the next 40 minutes.