After hearing the Big East got 11 teams into the tournament the bar was set pretty high for the conference to show up big in the tourney. After Georgetown, St. Johns, Nova, Cinny and Louisville fell apart early and powerhouses like Pitt, WVU, Notre Dame and Syracuse fell in later rounds the Big East took a bashing from ESPN "experts". Then Marquette gets steam rolled (by ACC: North Carolina) to further add to the onslaught of bashing and ACC loving by the likes of Bilas, Hubert Davis and Dicky V.
- The SEC has no one left.
- The ACC has no one left.
- The Big Ten has no one left.
- The Big 12? Yeah that is right NO ONE IS LEFT.
- The Big East had 2 games were they played conference rivals. (Syr/Marq and Cin/UConn)
- The Big East beat the ACC, A10, SEC, Big 12, Mountain West and the Pac 10. Not bad.
And let's not forget that VCU went on an incredible run after beating Georgetown. And Butler knocks off #1 Seed Pitt in a weird game, but then make it to its second Championship game in 2 years.
Oh and then we have UConn. UConn and Kemba Walker are 13-0 in tournament style games this year and look like they are ready for Monday night. Ok..obviously Kemba Walker goes pro this summer (projected #12 pick to Utah, good luck with that eeek), but I don't know if I really want to see a tournament tested and potential defending NCAA Championship team next year. And again obviously Kemba Walker is the majority of that team, but Jeremy Lamb is going to be a problem. Think back to the first meeting at Connecticut how he was trying to carry the Huskies against the Cuse. (22 pts/5stls)
Now..to me I feel that this tournament has been successful for the Big East Conference. As I stated earlier the Big East beat all the "other" powerhouse conferences. And the Big East is the only one left playing on Monday night. Could you imagine if the Elite 8 was all Big East Teams? We would still get bashed (probably something like "oh well it isn't the BE "Top" teams). At the end of the day the Big East is in the Championship game as the other conferences are sitting at home watching. Does this justify the conference and does it put to the rest the debate of who is the best conference?
In my opinion, obviously as a Cuseaholic...Yes I feel that this should shut everyone up. At the end of the day getting to the Championship game is good to show our strength, but winning it will be the icing on the cake.