Big East 2011 Tournament Bracket And Schedule

Pitt has clinched the Big East regular-season title and will be the top seed in the Big East Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, and West Virginia is the sixth seed in the tournament and has a first-round bye. Here's the full schedule for the tournament:

Tuesday, March 8

9. Connecticut vs. 16. DePaul, 12:00 PM

12. Seton Hall vs. 13. Rutgers, 2:00 PM

10. Villanova vs. 15. South Florida, 7:00 PM

11. Marquette vs. 14. Providence, 9:00 PM

Wednesday, March 9

Connecticut/DePaul vs. 8. Georgetown, 12:00 PM

Seton Hall/Rutgers vs. 5. St. John's, 2:00 PM

Villanova/South Florida vs. 7. Cincinnati, 7:00 PM

Marquette/Providence vs. 6. West Virginia, 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 10

Connecticut/DePaul/Georgetown vs. 1. Pitt, 12:00 PM

Seton Hall/Rutgers/St. John's vs. 4. Syracuse, 2:00 PM

Villanova/South Florida/Cincinnati vs. 2. Notre Dame, 7:00 PM

Marquette/Providence/West Virginia vs. 3. Louisville, 9:00 PM

Friday, March 11

Winner of Pitt game vs. winner of Syracuse game, 7:00 PM

Winner of Notre Dame game vs. winner of Louisville game, 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 12

Big East championship, 9:00 PM

Pitt gets two rounds of byes, whereas West Virginia gets one. Once they start playing, though, nothing will be easy. West Virginia will have to play the Marquette/Providence winner. Providence isn't good, and WVU beat them by 30 points earlier this season, but the Friars do have wins against Louisville and Villanova. Marquette, meanwhile, beat Notre Dame, Syracuse and UConn.

Pitt's first game will come a day later, but it will be even tougher (unless lowly DePaul pulls off a very unlikely pair of upsets). Georgetown ended its season with four losses in its last five games, but reeled off eight straight Big East wins before that. UConn is currently ranked 16th in the country, although that will drop after losses to West Virginia and Notre Dame this week.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for analysis of the tournament, and be sure to check out Cardiac Hill, SB Nation's Pitt blog.

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