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2011 March Madness Predictions: Can NCAA Tournament Take 11 Big East Teams?

SB Nation New York argues that 11 Big East teams will make it into the NCAA Tournament, and it’s hard to disagree. Connecticut, obviously, is in as an automatic qualifier. Pitt and Notre Dame will likely be either No. 1 or No. 2 seeds. Syracuse, St. John’s, Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Georgetown are certainly in as well. That’s nine.

That leaves Villanova and Marquette as other potential Big East entrants. Villanova fell apart at the end of the season and suffered an embarrassing loss to South Florida in the Big East Tournament. But the Wildcats have wins over Syracuse, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Temple, and Marquette, so they’re probably in.

Marquette solidified its standing with wins over Providence and WVU in the Big East Tournament, and before that had wins over Notre Dame, Syracuse, WVU and Connecticut.

I could see as few as nine Big East teams making it to the tournament, but 11 is certainly a possibility.

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