Big East men's basketball regular season play is almost 1/3 of the way finished, so it is about time somebody sat down and thought about what the "final" Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden would look like.
The Syracuse Orange's thrilling 70-68 victory at No. 1-ranked Louisville Cardinals Saturday helped the Orange move into sole possession of first place in the Big East Conference standings.
Syracuse is currently the only team in the league without a conference loss, as both Louisville and Marquette lost on Saturday.
Saturday's win has put SU in solid position to earn its third Big East regular season title in four seasons, which comes with a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament (March 12-16 at Madison Square Garden).
Because almost half the league has played 1/3 of its games, I figured it would be a fun time to look at what the Big East Tournament bracket would look like if college basketball's best tournament started today.
A couple of things to remember: 1) The league now has 15 teams after the early departure of West Virginia; 2) UConn is ineligible to play in the Big East Tournament due to NCAA sanctions.
Also, because it is early in the season I used a simple tie-breaking procedure: 1) head-to-head; 2) Any head-to-head ties or if teams didn't play, tie breaker was win percentage.
Tues., March 12 - First Round (ESPNU)
Wed., March 13 - Second Round (ESPN/ESPN2)
(5) Notre Dame vs. No. 12/13 WINNER - 2 p.m.
(6) Rutgers vs. No. 11/14 WINNER - 9 p.m.
Thurs., March 14 - Quarterfinals (ESPN)
(1) Syracuse vs. No. 8/9 WINNER - Noon
(4) Cincinnati vs. No. 5/12/13 WINNER - 2 p.m.
(2) Louisville vs. No. 7/10 WINNER - 7 p.m.
(3) Marquette vs. 6/11/14 WINNER - 9 p.m.
Fri., March 15 - Semifinals (ESPN)
Thursday afternoon winners - 7 p.m.
Thursday evening winners - 9 p.m.
Sat., March 16 - Final (ESPN)
Semifinals winners - 8:30 p.m.