Big East Tournament 2012 Schedule and Bracket: Complete Tuesday Guide & Preview
The Big East is widely recognized as the deepest and best conference in college basketball. We're going to find out very soon who the king of the conference is.
The Big East tournament kicks off on Tuesday with a slate of four games. NCAA Tournament hopefuls UConn and Seton Hall will be in action, both of whom have work to do to punch a ticket to the Big Dance.
If you're looking for a full rundown of everything you need to know for Tuesday's action, you've come to the right place.
|1||No. 16 DePaul vs. No. 9 UConn||Noon||ESPN2|
|2||No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 St. John's||2:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|3||No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Seton Hall||7:00 p.m.||ESPNU|
|4||No. 14 Villanova vs. No. 11 Rutgers||9:00 p.m.||ESPNU|
*All times Eastern.
All games can be watched on ESPN3.
Betting Lines (according to Sportsbook)
DePaul vs. UConn (-9)
Pitt (-5) vs. St. John's
Providence vs. Seton Hall (-5.5)
Villanova (-1.5) vs. Rutgers
DePaul vs. UConn
The Huskies had their issues with consistency during the regular season, but this particular UConn team is nothing if not talented. They overwhelmed DePaul in their one and only regular season meeting and I'll be very surprised if they don't do so again.
UConn by 15.
Pitt vs. St. John's
This is appropriate. The only team Pitt managed to beat in its last seven games was St. John's—and it beat St. John's convincingly. I'll take the Panthers to win again and I'll be looking for Ashton Gibbs to come up big again.
Pitt by seven.
Providence vs. Seton Hall
The Friars showed during the regular season that they have the ability to shock the world on a good day, scoring big victories against Louisville and UConn. I don't like their chances against Seton Hall, though. The Pirates know they need to perform well in the Big East tourney to go dancing and Providence is a team they should beat.
Seton Hall by 11.
Villanova vs. Rutgers
Villanova just beat Rutgers at Rutgers, so that bodes well for the Wildcats heading into this matchup. However, I like the Scarlet Knights to get their revenge. Villanova wasn't missing from distance in the last meeting between these two teams, so Rutgers should win if things level out.
Rutgers by three.
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