NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Peyton Siva #3, Angel Nunez #1, Chris Smith #5 and the Louisville Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats during the finals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Big East Tournament 2012: Louisville Defeats Cincinnati 50-44 To Win Big East Title Game

The Louisville Cardinals were able to fend off a late rally by Cincinnati to claim a 50-44 victory and the 2012 Big East Tournament Championship Saturday night,

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Big East Tournament 2012: Louisville Edges Cincinnati 50-44 In Title Game

The Louisville Cardinals were able to fend off a late rally by Cincinnati to claim a 50-44 victory and the 2012 Big East Tournament Championship Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. This was the second Big East tournament championship win for Louisville, as they also won it in 2009. With the win, Rick Pitino's talented squad will be making their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Chris Smith scored 15 points and Kyle Kuric added 13 for the No. 7 seeded Cardinals (26-9), while tournament MVP Peyton Siva added 10 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Cashmere Wright had 16 points for the fourth-seeded Bearcats (24-10), who were making their first ever appearance in the Big East title game.

The Bearcats trailed throughout this game, but were able to crawl back into it and pull within 48-44 with 2:35 to play. Unfortunately for Cincy, they were unable to score the rest of the way.

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Big East Tournament 2012, Louisville Vs. Cincinnati Halftime Score: Cardinals Lead 24-14

In a low scoring first half of the Big East Championship Game at Madison Square Garden, Louisville is holding a slim 24-14 lead over the Cincinnati Bearcats. The No. 4 seeded Bearcats are seeking to win this prestigious tournament for the first time, while the No. 7 seeded Cardinals are looking to win it for the second time under coach Rick Pitino.

The story of the first half has been a mixture of tough defense and poor shooting by these two rivals. The Bearcats, who beat Syracuse on Friday night behind a flurry of three-pointers, are struggling to score thus far. They are shooting an anemic 24% from the floor, and have only made 7 of their 29 field goal attempts. Yancy Gates, Dion Dixon, and Cashmere Wright each have 4 points for Cincinnati.

Louisville isn't shooting much better from the field, making only 38% of their attempts in the first half. Chris Smith leads the Cardinals with 10 points while Kyle Kuric added 5. Both teams will be looking to increase their offensive efficiency in the second half.

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Big East Tournament 2012 Championship Game: Louisville And Cincinnati Will Match Up At Madison Square Garden

Conference USA has come to Madison Square Garden. The Big East Championship is all set, and the No. 4 seeded Cincinnati Bearcats will face the No. 7 seed Louisville Cardinals on Saturday night in Manhattan. The two schools are separated by less than two hours in the Ohio Valley, but they will battle for conference crown.

On Friday night, the Bearcats got their biggest win since joining the Big East when they upset Syracuse 71-68 to advance. One night after knocking off the no. 2 seed in Marquette, the Cardinals then knocked off a no. 3 seeded Notre Dame squad in convincing fashion, clamping down on the defensive end with Rick Pitino's constant pressure. While this is UC's first appearance in the title game, Louisville won the tournament in 2009.

Big East Championship Game: Saturday, March 10

9 p.m.: No.4 Cincinnati vs. No. 7 Louisville (ESPN)

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Big East Tournament 2012 Bracket Update, TV Schedule And More

The Semifinal Round of the Big East Tournament takes place on Thursday evening. On Wednesday, the Georgetown Hoyas went down to the Cincinnati Bearcats 72-70 in overtime. It was a hard fought game that saw the Hoyas let it slip away after an early first half lead. The Syracuse Orange advanced to the Semifinal round with a close 58-55 win over the Connecticut Huskies on Thursday afternoon, beating the Huskies for the third straight time this season. The Bearcats and the Orange will tip off at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden for the right to play in the Big East Tournament Finals.

The second matchup will pit Louisville against Notre Dame in the late game on Friday night. It wasn't an easy path for Notre Dame as they struggled to pull away from South Florida, needing overtime to win and make it to the semifinals, 57-53. They'll take on Louisville who made quick work of Marquette in their upset win 84-71. The Cardinals held a 10-point lead at halftime over the Eagles and just maintained through the second half for the win. The Irish took the regular season matchup from Louisville, but they needed double over time to do it.

Semifinal Round: Friday, March 9

7 p.m.: No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Syracuse (ESPN)
9 p.m.: No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (ESPN)

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Big East Tournament 2012, Georgetown Vs. Cincinnati Final Score: Bearcats Prevail 72-70 In 2OT

In one of the best conference tournament games anywhere so far this season, the Cincinnati Bearcats came from behind, forced overtime, then endured two extra periods to defeat the Georgetown Hoyas. Cincinnati was down by as many as 11 points in the second half, but forced a number of turnovers while Georgetown struggled shooting the ball in the second half. Georgetown did well to force a second overtime, but came up just short in the end as the Bearcats won 72-70.

Georgetown went into the half up 30-24 and held a 49-38 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the second, but completely threw that lead away. They would make just two field goals from that point until the end of the second half, but one of those two was a huge one. With the Hoyas down by two points, Otto Porter made a jumper to tie the score at 54-54 and force a first overtime.

The first OT was back and forth, but Cincinnati looked to be in control just as they were at the end of the second half. While up by one point with 20 seconds remaining in the first overtime period, Cincinnati's Dion Dixon drew a foul, but could only convert one of two foul shots. A bad final possession for Georgetown ended with center Henry Sims holding the ball in isolation at the top of the arc, but he made a spectacular play to take the ball to the rim and make a buzzer-beating layup to force overtime again.

Cincinnati and Georgetown traded buckets again in the second OT, with Henry Sims doing his best to try to take over the game, but his team didn't defend well enough on the perimeter to win the game at the end. On what was ultimately the game-winning bucket, Cashmere Wright easily beat Jason Clark off the dribble to create a simple floater to put his team up 72-70 with nine seconds remaining.

Just like in the first overtime, Georgetown's last possession ended inexplicably with Sims taking the ball at the top of the arc. This time, he launched a three-point shot and missed, giving Cincinnati the victory.

Though he wasn't the man on the end of any of the most decisive plays of the game, Cincinnati's Yancy Gates was perhaps the game's most consistent performer on both ends of the floor. He led all scorers with 23 points and also grabbed eight rebounds while recording three steals. Cincinnati had 12 steals as a team in the game, while Georgetown had more turnovers than made field goals in the second half.

Cincinnati moves on to face Syracuse in the semifinals. Georgetown are still in the NCAA Tournament and will be a relatively high seed, but John Thompson is likely to be disappointed with the way that his team played in the second half and the overtime periods.

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Big East Tournament 2012, Georgetown Vs. Cincinnati Halftime Score: Hoyas Playing Well, Lead 30-24

Things are going according to plan in the early going for the Georgetown Hoyas, who are on their way to improving their NCAA Tournament seed and moving on to the Big East Tournament semifinals. They lead the Cincinnati Bearcats 30-24 at halftime, and they're putting together a complete performance against a quality opponent so far.

Georgetown has done well to spread the ball around; they're shooting 46 percent from the floor and they have 30 points, but no one has more than eight points. Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson are Georgetown's joint-leading scorers. Yancy Gates leads the Bearcats in scoring, and he also has eight points.

John Thompson's team is winning on the boards and in the turnover margin, and they are a big unlucky to only be up six points. If they continue to win those battles while Cincinnati continues to struggle with their outside shooting, that six-point lead will expand.

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VIDEO: Dan Rubenstein And Nick Fasulo Break Down Big East Tournament

Hey, folks, did you know that SB Nation has its own YouTube Channel? Well, it does. And luckily for us, and for you, there's a bounty of sporting events to discuss this month, not least of which is college basketball's conference tournaments.

In the video below, SB Nation video maestro Dan Rubenstein and Big East basketball expert Nick Fasulo break down the Big East Tournament. They discuss Buzz Williams' chances of appearing on "Dancing With The Stars," whether anyone can stop Syracuse, and whether Notre Dame is really any good at all.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Georgetown Vs. Cincinnati Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Georgetown Hoyas beat down the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second round of the 2012 Big East Tournament. Center Henry Sims picked up a double-double in the 64-52 victory with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Hoyas will move on to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the quarterfinals.

Georgetown and Cincinnati have met once previously this season, with the Bearcats walking away with a 68-64 victory. In the first matchup, the Hoyas led the Bearcats at halftime, but with just a six-point lead with six minutes remaining, Cincinnati only allowed the Hoyas to take four shots and were able to overtake the lead and walk away with a win.

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Game Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Schedule: ESPN/ESPN3

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Big East Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Day Three Schedule And Bracket

The 2012 Big East Tournament is now entering the quarterfinal round of play after the second round of play in New York on Wednesday. The second round saw the Connecticut Huskies win a nail biter with the West Virginia Mountaineers in a game that went into overtime. The Mountaineers held the late lead, but UConn was able to battle back and pick up the 71-67 overtime victory. The Huskies will take on the No. 1 seeded Syracuse Orange to tip off the first game of the day.

The Georgetown Hoyas advanced to the quarterfinals by taking out the Pittsburgh Panthers on Wednesday afternoon, crushing the Panthers 64-52. The Hoyas held a big lead at halftime and just coasted to the final seconds on the clock to cruise through for the easy victory over a Pitt team that look like it gave up at the end. On Thursday afternoon, the Hoyas will take on No. 4 seed Cincinnati in the second game of the day.

Louisville picked up a win over Seton Hall in the second round on Wednesday night 61-55. With the win, the Cardinals move to the quarterfinals to take on Marquette on Thursday afternoon. Marquette and Louisville face off once before this season, with the Golden Eagles picking up the 74-63 victory. That loss however sparked a six-game winning streak for Louisville, who will undoubtedly have revenge on their mind.

South Florida was the final team to advance to the quarterfinals on Wednesday night, playing in the final game of the day and defeating Villanova for the third time this season. With the win, the Bulls will move on to face No. 3 seed Notre Dame in the late game on Thursday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET. Notre Dame and South Florida faced off once earlier this season with the Fighting Irish getting the 60-49 victory.

Quarterfinal Round: Thursday, March 8

Noon: No. 9 Connecticut vs. No. 1 Syracuse (ESPN)
2 p.m.: No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (ESPN)
7 p.m.: No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 2 Marquette (ESPN)
9 p.m.: No. 6 South Florida vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (ESPN)

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Big East Tournament 2012 Final Score: Georgetown Rolls Over Pitt In Second Half, 64-52

The Georgetown Hoyas held a 31-23 lead over the Pittsburgh Panthers at halftime as the Hoyas were looking to advance out of the first round of the Big East Tournament as a No. 5 seed. Taking their eight point lead into the second half, the Hoyas proceed to blow the doors off of Pitt so badly in the second half, the Pitt players looked like they completely had given up and were just jogging around the court as Georgetown coasted to and easy 64-52 win.

Hoya's center Henry Sims ended the afternoon picking up 20 points and 13 rebounds, picking up a double-double in the victory for Georgetown. Otto Potter also picked up 20 points for the Hoyas and added 5 rebounds while Greg Whittington added 11 points and 6 rebounds from the bench.

For the Panthers, Ashton Gibbs led the way in scoring with just 14 points as he hit on just two of his eight three-point shot attempts. Pitt as a whole shot woefully from the floor, including just 23.8 percent from three-point land and were out rebounded 33-22. The Hoyas advance to the next round to take on the No. 4 seed Cincinnati on Thursday, Match 8 at 2 p.m.

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Big East Tournament 2012 Halftime Score: Henry Sims Helps Georgetown To 31-23 Lead

The Georgetown Hoyas earned the No. 5 seed in the 2012 Big East Tournament, the best seed without a double bye, despite a late loss to Marquette. Henry Sims has the Hoyas looking like they deserved a better seed in the second round against Pittsburgh: Georgetown leads the Panthers 31-23 at the half.

Sims has led the Hoyas with 11 points and eight rebounds, and has contributed to suffocating defense that shut down Pittsburgh late in the half. After Ashton Gibbs hit a three-pointer to put the Panthers up 18-13 with 8:33 to go in the first half, Georgetown allowed Pittsburgh to get just two more field goals for the rest of the half, and the Hoyas closed on a 12-0 run that earned them their third lead on the day.

Gibbs has nine points to lead Pittsburgh.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Georgetown Vs. Pitt Time, TV Schedule, Bracket And More

The Georgetown Hoyas play in the second round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden Wednesday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. broadcasting live on ESPN pending the finish of the Connecticut vs. West Virginia game. In the only meeting against Pitt this season on Jan. 28, the Hoyas lost 72-60, one of the few bright spots for Pitt this season.

The Hoyas enter this game after dropping the season finale game against Marquette to lose the opportunity of a double bye in the tournament. The Hoyas look to shake off that disappointment and make a deep run in the Big East tournament to help their potential seeding in the NCAA tournament. The winner of this game will face fourth-seeded Cincinnati in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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2012 Big East Tournament: Georgetown Vs. Pittsburgh Preview: What To Expect From Wednesday's Game

The matchup: No. 13 ranked and fifth-seeded Georgetown (22-7) vs. No. 13 seed Pittsburgh (17-15) square off in the second round of the Big East Tournament, 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas received an opening round bye while the Panthers advanced with a 73-59 win over St. John’s on Tuesday.

The series: The Panthers have won five of six, including a 72-60 triumph on Jan. 28, which snapped the then No. 9 Hoyas three-game winning streak. Under coach John Thompson III, Georgetown captured the 2007 Big East Tournament with a resounding 65-42 win over Pittsburgh in the championship game.

The players: Hoyas guard Jason Clark rightfully earned his spot on the all-Big East first team, leading the team in scoring (14.3) and spearheading their nasty perimeter defense. Last season Clark scored 23 points in Georgetown’s Big East Tournament loss to Connecticut. Fellow senior Henry Sims (11.1 ppg) rise from underperforming reserve to quality starter earned the 6-foot-10 center a third-team selection.

Ashton Gibbs leads the Panthers in scoring (15.4), though the off-guard has struggled with his outside touch much of his senior campaign. However, Gibbs nailed four from the beyond the arc in the win over the Red Storm and finished with 20 points. Undersized power forward Nasir Robinson (11.0) shoots a robust 56.2 percent from the field.

The stats: The two sides finished in the middle of the Big East scoring pack, but the Hoyas made their mark on the defensive end. Georgetown ranks second in the conference in points allowed (59.0) and fourth nationally in 3-point field goal defense (27.8 percent). The Panthers ranked 15th in field goal percentage defense (44.6), but topped the conference in rebounding margin (+7.7), two spots ahead of the long-armed Hoyas (+5.6)

The recap: During his media session on Monday before the team headed to the tournament site in New York City, John Thompson III could not recall the exact number of dunks and layups the Panthers foisted on the Hoyas in the earlier matchup. Maybe 15 to 20, JTIII guessed. The box score shows 32 points in the paint for the Panthers – seemed like more.

The exact numbers only tell part of the Hoyas defensive tale of oh no that day.

Seemingly every interior basket was of the uncontested variety as the Panthers feasted on open shots around the rim setup by precise offensive execution. With the rugged Robinson perfect on nine attempts, Pittsburgh shot 52.1 percent from the field, at the time the best effort against Georgetown on the season.

Robinson finished with 23 points. Heady point guard Travon Woodall directed traffic and finished with 10 assists.

"We have to protect the rim and the paint a lot better," the Hoyas coach said. "We must have communication on all those screens and curls that they scored on the first time."

While the Panthers offense flourished, the Hoyas scorers went silent in the first half. Georgetown scored one point during a seven-minute stretch and Pittsburgh pulled away with a 15-1 run for a commanding 29-12 lead.

Otto Porter led the Hoyas with 14 points.

Bombs away: Hoyas forward Hollis Thompson (45.8 3ptFG) and Panthers swingman Lamar Patterson (41.6) rank as the conference’s most accurate shooters from beyond the arc. Both players went 1-of-3 from distance in the first meeting, but Patterson made all five of his 2-point attempts and finished with 18 points.

Thompson is known as a streaky scorer, but he took it to extremes in the loss. After making one basket over the opening 39 minutes, the junior sharpshooter scored the Hoyas final four field goals. Against Marquette in the regular season finale, Thompson made 3-of-5 from long range after being shutout from distance in the previous two games. The perimeter forward also showed a diversified offensive arsenal in the season finale against Marquette, repeatedly slashing and cutting to the basket for opportunities, a tact he rarely attempted earlier in the season.

Random: During his first three seasons with the Hoyas, Sims scored a combined five points in Big East Tournament action. This campaign, his season-low was five points, against Marquette on Saturday.


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Big East Basketball Tournament 2012: Day Two Schedule And Bracket

The bottom eight teams of the Big East completed the first round of tournament play on Tuesday with four double-digit blowouts. Connecticut tipped off their quest to repeat with an 81-67 drubbing of lowly DePaul. The Huskies move on to play fellow bubble-dweller, West Virginia on Wednesday at Noon. The Mountaineers and New York area favorite Kevin Jones enter with extra motivation, after Jones was not unanimously selected to the First Team All-Conference and beat out by Jae Crowder for Player of the Year this week.

The Georgetown Hoyas will make their tournament debut in the second game of the day, scheduled to tip off around 2:00 pm against the Pitt Panthers. The Hoyas lost their shot at a double bye when they lost by double digits this past weekend against Marquette. Pitt, which was ranked in the top ten in both polls at one point, had their season go completely off the rails and finished 5-13 in the conference.

The Panthers looked good on Tuesday, cruising to a 14-point win over St. John's - their second convincing win over the Johnnies in a week. Despite their record and No. 13 seed, the Panthers are always dangerous in the tournament at MSG, particularly with all-conference guard Ashton Gibbs leading the way.

The night session will feature two more bubble teams in Seton Hall and South Florida. The Hall absolutely demolished Providence on Tuesday night, and bounced back nicely after two straight losses to end the season, including an embarrassing blowout at DePaul. Herb Pope, who did not play against DePaul, returned against the Friars and led the Pirates with 16 points. They will face No. 7 seed Louisville, who is safely in the tournament at 22-9 overall.

The final game of the night will match up Villanova and South Florida, who's on the bubble despite their 12-6 record in the conference. South Florida needs a win to secure their spot, which could be harder than they imagined after Nova crushed Rutgers on Tuesday in impressive fashion. Maalik Wayns led the Wildcats with 28 points, as Jay Wright's club exploded for 40 second-half points.

Wednesday's complete schedule below:

Second Round: Wednesday, March 7

Noon: No. 9 Connecticut vs. No. 8 West Virginia (ESPN)
2 p.m.: No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Georgetown (ESPN)
7 p.m.: No. 10 Seton Hall vs. No. 7 Louisville (ESPN)
9 p.m.: No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 6 South Florida (ESPN)

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Big East Tournament 2012: Pitt Defeats St. John's, 73-59, Will Play Georgetown Wednesday

The Georgetown Hoyas now know who their opponent will be in the second round of the 2012 Big East Tournament, as the Pitt Panthers defeated the St. John's Red Storm 73-59 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday afternoon.

Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers with 20 points, while Nasir Robinson put in a solid performance, scoring 15 points while shooting 7-for-10 from the field.

Moe Harkless put in a stellar game for the Red Storm, scoring a game-high 25 points while shooting 10-for-16 from the floor. The rest of the Red Storm struggled to shoot well during the contest, especially God'sgift Achiuwa who made just one of the 10 shots he took. Pitt held St. John's to 33.3 percent shooting for the game.

Georgetown lost to the Panthers in the lone meeting of the season, 72-60, back on January 28.

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Big East Basketball Tournament 2012: Day One Schedule And Bracket

The Big East tournament tips off on Tuesday, with the bottom eight teams of the conference getting action underway beginning at noon. There are two bubble teams playing that are in desperate need of a win to bolster their resume. The Connecticut Huskies open the tournament with a matchup against last-place DePaul. While the Huskies' season spiraled downward during the month of February, they received a huge boost this weekend with the return of head coach Jim Calhoun. SB Nation bracketologist Chris Dobbertean currently has UConn safely in the tournament as a ten seed. It was just one year ago that Calhoun rode Kemba Walker to the Big East Tournament Title, winning five games in five days. The near impossible quest to repeat that will begin Tuesday.

The other bubble team in action on Tuesday is Seton Hall. Many felt the Pirates had punched their ticket to the dance with their convincing win over Georgetown but Kevin Willard's club then went on to lose their final two games to lowly Rutgers and DePaul. The Pirates were blown out by DePaul by thirty on Saturday, putting their dancing hopes in doubt. Dobbertean still has the Hall in the dance, slotted as a No. 12 seed and avoiding the play-in round. They will face Providence to tip off the night session at Madison Square Garden.

Georgetown fans will want to pay close attention to the second game of the day, with the winner of the Pittsburgh and St. John's game moving on to face the Hoyas on Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday's complete schedule and the full bracket below:

Noon: No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 Connecticut (ESPN2)
2 p.m.: No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 St. John's (ESPN2)
7 p.m.: No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Seton Hall (ESPNU)
9 p.m.: No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 Rutgers (ESPNU)

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Big East Basketball Standings 2012: Georgetown Finishes In Fifth Place After Loss To Marquette

The final 2012 Big East basketball standings are out, and Georgetown's loss to Marquette on Saturday proved costly. The defeat put the Hoyas in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference with Cincinnati and South Florida, and the Bearcats earned the tiebreaker on account of a better record against Seton Hall, the highest-finishing team against which Georgetown and Cincinnati had different records. That allowed the Bearcats to earn the final double-bye in the 2012 Big East Tournament.

Here are the final Big East standings.

  1. Syracuse: 17-1 (30-1)
  2. Marquette: 14-4 (25-6)
  3. Notre Dame: 13-5 (21-10)
  4. Cincinnati: 12-6 (22-9)
  5. Georgetown: 12-6 (22-7)
  6. South Florida: 12-6 (19-12)
  7. Louisville: 10-8 (22-9)
  8. West Virginia: 9-9 (19-12)
  9. Connecticut: 8-10 (18-12)
  10. Seton Hall: 8-10 (19-11)
  11. Rutgers: 6-12 (14-17)
  12. St. John's: 6-12 (13-18)
  13. Pittsburgh: 5-13 (16-15)
  14. Villanova: 5-13 (12-18)
  15. Providence: 4-14 (15-16)
  16. DePaul: 3-15 (12-18)
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Big East Tournament 2012 Bracket, Schedule And More: Georgetown Begins Play Wednesday

The 2012 Big East Tournament bracket and schedule is set, with play for all teams beginning Tuesday in New York. The Georgetown Hoyas will have a one-round bye thanks to their outstanding regular season, but Saturday's loss to Marquette proved to be very costly. The loss dropped the Hoyas to fifth place, preventing them from securing a much-needed double bye.

Instead, the Hoyas will begin play on Wednesday at a little after 2 p.m. against the winner between No. 12 Pittsburgh and No. 13 St. John's. Here is a complete schedule of the tournament.

First Round: Tuesday, March 6

Noon: No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 Connecticut (ESPN2)
2 p.m.: No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 St. John's (ESPN2)
7 p.m.: No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Seton Hall (ESPNU)
9 p.m.: No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 Rutgers (ESPNU)

Second Round: Wednesday, March 7

Noon: DePaul/UConn winner vs. No. 8 West Virginia (ESPN)
2 p.m.: Pitt/St. John's winner vs. No. 5 Georgetown (ESPN)
7 p.m.: Providence/Seton Hall winner vs. No. 7 Louisville (ESPN)
9 p.m.: Villanova/Rutgers winner vs. No. 6 South Florida (ESPN)

Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8

Noon: DePaul/UConn/West Virginia winner vs. No. 1 Syracuse (ESPN)
2 p.m.: Pitt/St. John's/Georgetown winner vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (ESPN)
7 p.m.: Providence/Seton Hall/Louisville winner vs. No. 2 Marquette (ESPN)
9 p.m.: Villanova/Rutgers/USF winner vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (ESPN)

Semifinals: Friday, March 9

7 p.m.: Winners of Thursday's noon and 2 p.m. games (ESPN)
9 p.m.: Winners of Thursday's 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. games (ESPN)

Championship: Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 PM (ESPN)

If the Hoyas win their first game, they would face Cincinnati. The two teams only played once this season, with the Bearcats winning, 68-64, at the Verizon Center on January 9.

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2012 Big East Tournament: Georgetown Finishes 5th In Big East, Opens Tournament Play Wednesday

Georgetown will play the winner of Tuesday's game between Pitt and St. John's.

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