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New York City is hosting the Big East this week, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8th at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville and others will face each other in a seriously competitive conference.

The Big East has garnered a lot of attention this year with a record nine teams ranked in the top 25.  Two Top 20 Teams will be featured in the first round.  ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and other experts let it be known that they expect that 11 of the conference’s 16 teams will make the NCAA tournament.  Not bad odds, eh?  The Big East features the strongest strength of schedule, the highest RPI  and non-conference wins over Duke, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Michigan State among other big names.

UConn and DePaul get the ball rolling tomorrow at lunchtime.  St. John’s Red Storm plays on Wednesday, which should not go unmentioned, have won by double digits at MSG against Duke, Conneticut and Notre Dame and have also had home court wins over Georgetown and Pittsburgh.  Head coach, Steve Lavin, has truly done an outstanding job with St. John this year.    Top ranked Pitt, Notre Dame, Louisville and Syracuse all have byes and will compete on Thursday.  The Big East Tournament will conclude on Saturday.

Below are the current complete Big East Standings:

Complete Big East standings are below:

1. Pittsburgh 15-3

2. Notre Dame 14-4

3. Louisville 12-6

4. Syracuse 12-6

5. St. John’s 12-6

6. West Virginia 11-7

7. Cincinnati 11-7

8. Georgetown 10-8

9. Connecticut 9-9

10. Villanova 9-9

11. Marquette 9-9

12. Seton Hall 7-11

13. Rutgers 5-13

14. Providence 4-14

15. South Florida 3-15

16. DePaul 1-17

The Schedule is as follows:

2011 Big East Tournament – First Round – March 8th, 2011

#16 Dep vs #9 UCONN 12:00 PM ESPN2
#13 Rutgers vs #12 HALL 2:00 PM ESPN2
#10 Villanova vs #15 USF 7:00 PM ESPN U
#11 Marquette vs #14 Seed 9:30 PM

Big East Tournament 2011 – Second Round – March 9th, 2011

#8 Georgetown vs #16/9 winner 12:00 PM ESPN
#5 St. John’s vs #13/12 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#7 Cincy vs #10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#6 WVU vs #11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament  – Quarterfinals – March 10th, 2011

#1 Pittsburgh – #8/9/16 winner   12:00 PM ESPN
#4 Syracuse- #5/12/13 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#2 Notre Dame – #7/10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#3 Louisville  v #6/11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament – Semifinals – March 11th, 2011

2011 Big East Semifinals Game 1 7:00 PM ESPN
2011 Big East Semifinals Game 2 9:00 PM ESPN

Big East Tournament 2011 – Championship – March 12th, 2011

2011 Big East Basketball Tournament Championship 9:00 PM ESPN