Big East: Dominating The NCAA Tournament

Neel PatelContributor IMarch 27, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 12:  The Connecticut Huskies bench looks on towards the end of the game against the Syracuse Orange during the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Looks like the debate over the best conference this year is over.

RPI meant nothing, as the Big East is standing tall in the NCAA tournament, losing only one team per round, and having five representatives in the Sweet 16.

After last night, Big East teams are now 14-2 in the tourney. Their main competitors, the ACC, and for some reason the Big 10 due to RPI weren’t even close. The ACC lost four teams in the first round, then lost Maryland in the second round.

What was supposed to be possibly the best game of the tournament thus far, ended up in a drubbing of Duke (the ACC’s second best team by far) by Villanova (the Big East’s fourth, fifth, or sixth best team). The ACC’s record now stands at a measley 5-6.  The Big 10 is 6-6.

Both conferences only have one representative left in the final 12 teams, while the Big Beasts from the East boast five teams out of 12.

With Louisville playing an overmatched Arizona team tonight, you can pretty much slate either four or five Big East teams in the Elite 8.

Not to mention that Marquette only lost by two points on a botched play by Lazar Hayward in the final seconds against a Missouri team that just destroyed a top notch Memphis team. We could easily be looking at six Elite 8 Big East teams. And they kept up with Mizzou without their best player in Dominik James.

My prediction, going away from the bracket I have already filled out, is that Louisville, Uconn, Syracuse and either Pitt or Nova fill the Final Four.

And of course Notre Dame is represeting the best conference in history as a Final Four representative in the NIT.

Yea I know, who cares?