The Big East is one of the premier conferences of college basketball, with a rich history of champions and players.
This year, Big East Tournament tickets are going to be more in demand than ever, because for the first time, all of the Big East teams are getting an invitation to Madison Square Garden to compete.
Here's how it's going to work:
The new format will feature bye games for the teams which finish in positions higher than eighth, with the teams finishing lower than eight (9-16) playing in the first round.
Teams finishing from fifth through eighth will receive a bye until the second round, and the top four teams will receive a bye to the quarterfinals.
What all of this means is more basketball, more fans, and probably a better tournament in a year when the Big East is loaded with talent, and several teams could make a deep NCAA tournament run.
UConn, Pitt, Syracuse, and Marquette are rolling into March Madness, but with more teams getting a crack at an NCAA berth, expect some upsets in New York and a fantastic kickoff to March Madness.