This time of year is what makes college basketball one of the best sports to engage in.
Selection Sunday is less than a week away and we are now getting into the major conference tournaments.
Here is what we have to look forward to regarding what some people say is the best conference in the country.
Syracuse wrapped up the regular season Big East Championship with its solid victory over a tough Louisville team. It has received the No. 1 seed in this years' Big East Tournament and is the clear cut favorite to take the crown and solidify a No. 1 seed in March Madness.
Here are the seeds, times and match-ups for this years Big East Tournament:
Tuesday, March 6 - First Round
Noon: No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 Connecticut (Game 1) - ESPN2
2:00 p.m.: No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 St. John's (Game 2) - ESPN2
7:00 p.m: No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Seton Hall (Game 3) - ESPNU
9:00 p.m.: No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 Rutgers (Game 4) - ESPNU
Wednesday, March 7 - Second Round
Noon: Game 1 Winner vs. No. 8 West Virginia (Game 5) - ESPN
2:00 p.m.: Game 2 Winner vs. No. 5 Georgetown (Game 6) - ESPN
7:00 p.m.: Game 3 Winner vs. No. 7 Louisville (Game 7) - ESPN
9:00 p.m.: Game 4 Winner vs. No. 6 USF (Game 8) - ESPN
Thursday, March 8 - Quarterfinals
Noon: Game 5 Winner vs. No. 1 Syracuse (Game 9) - ESPN
2:00 p.m.: Game 6 Winner vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (Game 10) - ESPN
7:00 p.m.: Game 7 Winner vs. No. 2 Marquette (Game 11) - ESPN
9:00 p.m.: Game 8 Winner vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (Game 12) - ESPN
Friday, March 9 - Semifinals
7:00 p.m.: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner - ESPN
9:00 p.m.: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner - ESPN
Saturday, March 10 - Championship Game
9:00 p.m.: Semifinal Winners - ESPN
Without a doubt, Syracuse has a favorable path to the Championship, as well it should.
But, who else has a chance to compete for the most coveted conference championship in the country?
Take a look at the Las Vegas odds that came out today after the seeds were released:
Notre Dame +800
South Florida +1500
West Virginia +2500
Seton Hall +9000
St. John's +20000
Team that could take the crown, other than Syracuse: Georgetown
Team with the most to lose: West Virginia
Championship Prediction: Syracuse over Notre Dame 71-62
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